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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer See our Special Pull-out Section Inside Pa per. ws Ne Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on February 18, 2012 February 18, 2012 Volume 13, Ver. 07 ner was Lemon Creek’s 2008 Cabernet Franc. In the Riesling ranks, Free Run’s 2010 Dry Riesling was king. Free Run’s 2010 Dry Gewurztraminer was the winner in the Gewurztraminer competition as well. There was actually a three-way tie for brag-ging rights in the Chardonnay category won by Tabor Hill’s 2009 Chardonnay, Round Barn’s 2010 version and the 2009 Zero Oak Chardonnay from Hickory Creek. What great proof that our growing local wine industry is capable of producing premium world-class wines. It’s time to tip a good glass of wine with friends to help the Bentwood Tavern of Harbor Country as they celebrate their 5 th Anniversary in business. You are invited to the best 5-year-old’s birthday party ever. Wednesday, February 29 th from 8 until 11pm great food, live music and more are all a part of the scene just off the lobby at the Marina Grand Resort Hotel in New Buffalo. Space is limited, so if you are an e-mail subscriber of the Bentwood, make your RSVP soon! They’re tipping a celebratory glass else-where in Harbor Country now that Element Event Design of Sawyer has been selected by brides as The Knot Best of Weddings 2012 Pick for the second consecutive year. Owned and operated by Mandi Buckland, Element Event Design is an event planning boutique that creates one-of-a-kind experi-ences for individuals, couples and organiza-tions. A special section of The Knot Michigan magazine asked brides to vote for the best in the industry of wedding resources. You can learn more about Element Event Design online at www.elementeventdesign.com. Congratulations, Mandi. Speaking of weddings, just a quick reminder that the Southwest Michigan Bridal BASH takes place tomorrow, Sunday, February 19 th, from 2 until 6pm at The Vineland Center at 1155 Vineland Road in St. Joe. Now that pre-registration has ended tickets at the door will be $10.00, with regis-tration getting underway at 1:45pm. The show is sponsored by Simply Unforgettable Occasions, Hanson Productions, Simply Chic, and The Vineland Center. Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 Pat I f you count yourself among those who are convinced that manu-facturing is dead in Michigan’s Great Southwest , I have a feeling that folks like Bill Heinrich would like to have a bit of a chat with you. Bill is the leader of the team at Ausco Products on Pipestone in Benton Harbor. His crew was one of many, many winners earlier this week in the Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards program. A number of them were manufac-turers doing great things, but I wanted to share the story of the persistent growth that Bill’s team achieved last year. First of all, for those who don’t know, Ausco custom engi-neers brake solutions for customers in off-highway mobile equipment markets. They have continually bucked the trend and surged this past year with record sales and a sub-stantial increase in new product releases. They have repeatedly built upon their strengths and continue inventive engineering and manufacturing processes. They succeed because of an innovative and flexible staff or nearly 130 employees who care about their work and the company that employs them. Despite losing its top three long-term suppli-ers this past year, Ausco successfully transi-tioned by re-sourcing to new providers who helped them overcome the challenges in the early part of the year. As a result, the com-pany ended 2011 with record sales of more than $29-million dollars. That’s an increase of 41% over 2010’s bottom line, and nearly 82% ahead of 2009! They have added four new production lines while maintaining a 95% on-time delivery with no loss in quality. New business continues to fuel their pipeline with a launch of 19 major new products in the past year alone. Increased sales over the past three years have led to the creation of 38 new salaried and manufacturing jobs which works out to a 43% increase since October of 2009. They are planning nearly $3-million dollars in capital investments in the coming year. So, if you still think that manufacturing is dead…there are some folks you need to talk to, friends! Congratulations to all of the award winners cited at LMC this week! The winning ways of CE Competitive Edge in Stevensville continue. The full-service promotional product and premium company on Red Arrow Highway has been recognized for the second time in three years as one of the “Top 500 Women Owned Businesses in the United States” by DiversityBusiness.com. The company, owned by Mary Jo Tomasini , expressed deep gratitude for the recognition which they first won in 2008. That was the same year they were ranked 31 st on Michigan’s Top 50 Women Owned Business List. The com-pany will receive the honor at ceremonies in Mashantucket, Connecticut in late April. Continued on page 10 M oody When Chad Sharkey graduated in 2002 from Logan College of Chiropractic after completing his studies at Michigan State University, he made his way to St. Joseph and ended up becoming a major part of the team at Sharkey Ackerman Chiropractic. They operated a team for about half a Dr. Robert as Flood Eye Injury -Glaucoma dozen years until Dr. Sharkey converted the Dry Eyes -Infections business into HealthSource Chiropractic & Progressive Rehabilitation at the corner of Cleveland and Hawthorne in St. Joseph Charter Township. Chad recently took the next step in his growth plan by acquiring the former Michigan State Secretary of State’s Branch Office three buildings south of his office and will now move into his own space. Sharkey is also co-owner of The Gun House, a firearms retailer located in the same com-plex at Cleveland & Hawthorne, but that business will remain where it is. Congratulations, Dr. Sharkey…and best of luck with your new location. Dr. Floods Vision Center Do you have... Elsewhere in the world of chiropractic medicine, the re-location of Relief Chiropractic and Wellness Center is now complete in the Scottdale Crossings market-place. 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Pat Moody

If you count yourself among those who are convinced that manufacturing is dead in Michigan’s Great Southwest, I have a feeling that folks like Bill Heinrich would like to have a bit of a chat with you. Bill is the leader of the team at Ausco Products on Pipestone in Benton Harbor. His crew was one of many, many winners earlier this week in the Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards program. A number of them were manufacturers doing great things, but I wanted to share the story of the persistent growth that Bill’s team achieved last year. First of all, for those who don’t know, Ausco custom engineers brake solutions for customers in offhighway mobile equipment markets. They have continually bucked the trend and surged this past year with record sales and a substantial increase in new product releases. They have repeatedly built upon their strengths and continue inventive engineering and manufacturing processes. They succeed because of an innovative and flexible staff or nearly 130 employees who care about their work and the company that employs them. Despite losing its top three long-term suppliers this past year, Ausco successfully transitioned by re-sourcing to new providers who helped them overcome the challenges in the early part of the year. As a result, the company ended 2011 with record sales of more than $29-million dollars. That’s an increase of 41% over 2010’s bottom line, and nearly 82% ahead of 2009! They have added four new production lines while maintaining a 95% on-time delivery with no loss in quality. New business continues to fuel their pipeline with a launch of 19 major new products in the past year alone. Increased sales over the past three years have led to the creation of 38 new salaried and manufacturing jobs which works out to a 43% increase since October of 2009. They are planning nearly $3-million dollars in capital investments in the coming year. So, if you still think that manufacturing is dead…there are some folks you need to talk to, friends! Congratulations to all of the award winners cited at LMC this week!<br /> <br /> The winning ways of CE Competitive Edge in Stevensville continue. The fullservice promotional product and premium company on Red Arrow Highway has been recognized for the second time in three years as one of the “Top 500 Women Owned Businesses in the United States” by DiversityBusiness.com. The company, owned by Mary Jo Tomasini, expressed deep gratitude for the recognition which they first won in 2008. That was the same year they were ranked 31st on Michigan’s Top 50 Women Owned Business List. The company will receive the honor at ceremonies in Mashantucket, Connecticut in late April.<br /> <br /> When Chad Sharkey graduated in 2002 from Logan College of Chiropractic after completing his studies at Michigan State University, he made his way to St. Joseph and ended up becoming a major part of the team at Sharkey Ackerman Chiropractic. They operated as a team for about half a dozen years until Dr. Sharkey converted the business into HealthSource Chiropractic & Progressive Rehabilitation at the corner of Cleveland and Hawthorne in St. Joseph Charter Township. Chad recently took the next step in his growth plan by acquiring the former Michigan State Secretary of State’s Branch Office three buildings south of his office and will now move into his own space. Sharkey is also co-owner of The Gun House, a firearms retailer located in the same complex at Cleveland & Hawthorne, but that business will remain where it is. Congratulations, Dr. Sharkey…and best of luck with your new location.<br /> <br /> Elsewhere in the world of chiropractic medicine, the re-location of Relief Chiropractic and Wellness Center is now complete in the Scottdale Crossings marketplace. Dr. Russell Mead, who has been in the practice for two years now, is on a mission to educate people on the cause of pain, how to get relief from it, and regain quality of life. He uses a naturopathic approach, dealing with spinal issues and the management of pain in general. He also is an educator in the causes of inflammation, the root of pain and how to get relief naturally. You’ll find him operational now at 4100 M-139, Suite 112 across from Pater True Value Hardware. You can reach him at 269-408-0303. <br /> <br /> Looks like many of our friends in the wine industry fared very well in the recent 5th Annual Southwest Michigan Wine Evaluation Workshop held at Lake Michigan College. On February 7th, master sommeliers Ron Edwards, Kathryn Morgan and Matthew Citriglia led a detailed evaluation of some 60 wines. The wines were tasted blind with one or two good wines from other wine regions in the world as “benchmark” wines. At the end of tasting in each category, the sommeliers voted for their top three wines. Amazingly, a wine from Southwest Michigan outscored the benchmark wines in all ten categories. Domaine Berrien’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon was the victor in that category. Among Merlots, Karma Vista’s 2009 Reserve Merlot won. Karma Vista also won the battle for Pinot Noir with their 2010 Stone Temple Pinot Noir. Among the Cabernet Francs, the winner was Lemon Creek’s 2008 Cabernet Franc. In the Riesling ranks, Free Run’s 2010 Dry Riesling was king. Free Run’s 2010 Dry Gewurztraminer was the winner in the Gewurztraminer competition as well. There was actually a three-way tie for bragging rights in the Chardonnay category won by Tabor Hill’s 2009 Chardonnay, Round Barn’s 2010 version and the 2009 Zero Oak Chardonnay from Hickory Creek. What great proof that our growing local wine industry is capable of producing premium world-class wines. <br /> <br /> It’s time to tip a good glass of wine with friends to help the Bentwood Tavern of Harbor Country as they celebrate their 5th Anniversary in business. You are invited to the best 5-year-old’s birthday party ever. Wednesday, February 29th from 8 until 11pm great food, live music and more are all a part of the scene just off the lobby at the Marina Grand Resort Hotel in New Buffalo. Space is limited, so if you are an e-mail subscriber of the Bentwood, make your RSVP soon! <br /> <br /> They’re tipping a celebratory glass elsewhere in Harbor Country now that Element Event Design of Sawyer has been selected by brides as The Knot Best of Weddings 2012 Pick for the second consecutive year. Owned and operated by Mandi Buckland, Element Event Design is an event planning boutique that creates one-of-a-kind experiences for individuals, couples and organizations. A special section of The Knot Michigan magazine asked brides to vote for the best in the industry of wedding resources. You can learn more about Element Event Design online at www.elementeventdesign.com. Congratulations, Mandi.<br /> <br /> Speaking of weddings, just a quick reminder that the Southwest Michigan Bridal BASH takes place tomorrow, Sunday, February 19th, from 2 until 6pm at The Vineland Center at 1155 Vineland Road in St. Joe. Now that pre-registration has ended tickets at the door will be $10.00, with registration getting underway at 1:45pm. The show is sponsored by Simply Unforgettable Occasions, Hanson Productions, Simply Chic, and The Vineland Center.<br /> <br /> It will likely be an unforgettable occasion on Saturday, May 19th at The DANK Hall on Pipestone in Benton Harbor. That’s the date you need to get on your personal calendar for the Annual Bids for Barks Auction Benefit for the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and you can learn more online at www.humanesocietyswm.org. Live music, dinner, a cash bar and both silent and live auctions are all a part of the big night, and 100% of the proceeds benefit the abused and homeless animals in our community. <br /> <br /> If you’re among those ready to prepare for spring, there’s a Landscaping & Gardening Workshop coming up on Saturday, March 3rd from 10am until 1pm at the New Troy Community Center at 13372 California Road in New Troy. Topics that day will include how and why you should consider native plants, rain barrels, and how to create compost and rain gardens. Preregistration is required with a $5 fee by February 23rd at www.swmpc.org. The event is hosted by the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission and will be sponsored by the Galien River Watershed, Two Rivers Coalition, Friends of the St. Joe River Association, Berrien County Conservation District, The Jimmy F. New Foundation and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Nonpoint Source Program. <br /> <br /> Kids everywhere love to be read to…and you have the opportunity next month to be a part of the thrill for youngsters by signing on for the United Way of Southwest Michigan’s Reading Day of Action on March 15th. My friends at United Way are working to round up as many reading volunteers as they possibly can throughout Berrien and Cass Counties. All they ask is that you volunteer to read for two hours, for four hours or for the entire day if you can to children in pre-kindergarten through second grades. Sign up today by visiting www.uwsm.org/reading. You can sign up individually or in teams of two. Thank you!<br /> <br /> There’s some great historical reading going on in the neighborhood thanks to retired physicians William Bock and John Carter. They recently published The History of Lakeland HealthCare, a 71-page book now available at the Gazebo Gift Shop at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joe as well as at The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center in St. Joe. <br /> <br /> The cast and crew at Abonmarche Consultants in downtown Benton Harbor has garnered another major award from the Michigan Chapter of the American Public Works Association for their work on the Harbor Shores project. They have been cited for the 2011 Quality of Life Award, and the project advances to national level competition as a result. <br /> <br /> Recognizing full well that “Chocolate is not just for dessert anymore,” The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center in St. Joseph will be hosting the “Wine and Chocolate Experience,” on Saturday, February 25th. The unique culinary event will have guests visiting several stations where they can sample savory chocolate delights such as cocoa powder rubbed baby back ribs, chicken with mole sauce and chocolate ancho beef tenderloin. Naturally, there will be many a dessert option as well, and all offerings will be paired with a red, white, or sparkling wine from around the world. Another cool part of the event will be the fine wine and chocolate auction. Tickets are $40 in advance, and space is limited. Call today at 983-1191 to make your reservation.<br /> <br /> Imagine the horror of discovering an exotic man-eating plant named Audrey II who demands to be fed. It’s not entirely your imagination, it’s the concept behind The Little Shop of Horrors, and you can see the results from February 23rd through the 26th in the Theatre of the Dale A. Lyons Building on the Dowagiac Campus of Southwestern Michigan College. Reserve your tickets today by calling 800-456-8675, ext 1280. Tickets are just $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and free for those 18 and under. <br /> <br /> If the weather permits…the City of Benton Harbor is hosting a Community Ice Skating Bash at 10am this morning, Saturday, February 18th in City Center Park. Refreshments will be served, raffle prizes will be won, and the rink will be pressed into action. Check it out if the weather is cooperating. <br /> <br /> Finally, on Friday, March 2nd at 7:30pm, The Box Factory for the Arts will play host to the intrepid sailor, Mike Thieneman of St. Joseph, who circumnavigated the globe on a three year journey launched in 2008. A $5-dollar donation for the presentation will Benefit the Junior Sailing Program at the St. Joseph Yacht Club. <br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great week…and we’ll see you Saturday, right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce<br /> pmoody@cstonealliance.org<br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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