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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer STAY WARM, STAY FIT $50 1-Month Holiday Pass Valid For Dec. 15 th -Jan. 15 th racbh.com | 269.927.1129 Paper. News Good our Y Continued from page 1 Having moved several years later to new quarters at 306 State Street, the company has grown into a 2,600 square foot store and an 800 square foot bakery at the back of the building. They now employ anywhere from 6 to 9 associates depending on the time of year. FuzzyButz also wholesales their wholesome treats to several other companies in multiple states across the country, and Mary and daughter Maggie now run the show. Now, they not only bake treats for the Reindog Parade...they are the sponsors for the fun affair with St. Joseph Today , and Rick says they just want to say a huge thank you to the entire community for the love and support they have been shown as they prepare for their official 10th Anniversary Celebration in February of 2014. Congratulations to a family of seriously quality people who dearly love their pets, our pets, and all of the pets and customers through-out the area. POSTMASTER: Please deliver on November 30, 2013 November 30, 2013 Moody on The Market MOODY www.MailMaxOnline.com When Griffin Tool started back in 1988 there were just two employees in a space of less than 1,500 square feet in Stevensville . Now, as they mark their 25th Anniversary in business their current expansion project alone is more than ten times the size of that first facility...and when it is complete the tooling shop will comprise nearly 40,000 square feet along Johnson Road in the village. The Stevensville Village Council voted recently to authorize a 50-percent tax break for 12-years on nearly $1,000,000.00 in property for the long-time provider to the automotive industry as they have outgrown their building again. The original two-man operation is now up to nearly 60 employees and their current expansion project could lead to as many as six more new jobs in the community. Griffin Tool is a top quality trim die supplier that is ISO 9001:2000 certified. The com-pany is adding 15,000 square feet of manufacturing space to the existing 25,000 square feet already on site at 2951 Johnson Road. The company has con-Volume 14, Ver. 48 tinued to exhibit significant growth through the years working largely with the auto industry, but also in industries engaged in lighting, power tools, farm equipment, small gas engines, recreational vehicles, office furniture, household goods and other industrial applications. The firm has grown steadily over the years and now boasts clients in more than 20 states across the nation and they build for U.S. customers who ship routinely to Brazil, Mexico, Hungary, Korea, and China . Their steady investment in new machinery has allowed them to enhance cost containment while increasing flexibility in meeting customer needs regardless of the industry. Griffin Tool employs an innovative design staff with experi-enced toolmakers, project managers, and sales staff members who understand that customer service is the key to success. Residential and Commercial trash customers of The Garbage Company are receiving letters advising them of a business merger involving their service provider. The best news for those impacted by the merger is: “You do not need to do any-thing!” The actual business transaction apparently took place effective November 1, 2013...but letters to customers were arriving in the mail last week-end. Eric Stoub is the General Manager of The Garbage Company and Dave Newhouse is the Division Manager for Best Way Disposal . Both signed the jointly dispatched letter on dual letter-head. That’s likely the last correspondence to carry the logo of The Garbage Company, inasmuch as the T en years ago, my pas-sion for bringing you the best news about the local business community in Michigan’s Great Southwest led me to discover that there appeared to be the impending arrival of a brand new business entity in downtown St. Joseph . Plain brown paper had been placed over the win-dows at 613 Broad Street , blocking from view any concept that might be secretly concocted within. That was in October of 2003, and I was hard-pressed to figure out what was going on. Then, in late November of that year, window decals were placed on the glass and the buzz began regarding a Pet Bakery. None of us had ever heard of such an idea, and my chatter about it on the radio only raised still more speculation about what was going on in a space that had been long known to be the home of a TV and appliance store. Behind those papered over windows with a new decal in place, Rick & Mary Schaut were preparing to introduce us all to an amazing new business. It was in their own home, however, that they were working over-time baking dog treats day after day trying to assemble enough to assure that every entrant in the now famous Reindog Parade would have one. Their kids helped wrap and pass out those very first peanut butter bone treats as the Schaut family worked to introduce themselves to the pet-loving community across the region. Rick’s employer, Collins and Aikman Plastics in south St. Joseph had closed their doors for good. In a bid to not only exhibit their deep love for not only their own pets but pets of all stripes in the community, the couple elected to work to make a dream come true. Even they, however, likely never expected their gourmet pet treats to become the raving success that they did. They pulled together the cash to lease space across from the St. Joseph City Hall , and began their remodeling. The Reindog Parade was their first entry onto the scene and they planned to launch their new business, FuzzyButz Pet Bakery on March 1st of 2004. Mary, however, was ener-gized by the overwhelming response to the parade goodies and she pushed for a February 1st launch date. In order to accomplish that task, the two worked Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and day laying new floor tile and painting the building. Rick tells me that he has never worked so hard in his entire life. He found new employment and the two of them worked 16 to 18 hours a day holding down normal jobs and running the store as well. They were terrified over the money they had invested to make their dream come true. They gambled heavily that the community would accept them. Needless to say, the community welcomed FuzzyButz with open arms, and allowed Rick to grow and nurture the business to keep Mary from working the road as a sales person. It also allowed the Schaut family daughters to come together and help run a family business. In the interim, the daughters have grown into the job and created families of their own. FuzzyButz started out in a 1,000 square foot storefront and a 300 square foot bakery where they were tripping over one another. M oody Come in and See our Latest Designer Lines Pat 31 DAYS TO USE YOUR Sunglasses Make SPENDING FLEX Great Gifts Dr. Flood’s 269-408-8762 • 2603 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, MI Dr. Robert Flood O.D., P.C. Eye Injury -Glaucoma Dry Eyes -Infections VISION CENTER www.govision.com merger Way. St than se will cha tions th custom their se busines viding years. 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Pat Moody

Ten years ago, my passion for bringing you the best news about the local business community in Michigan’s Great Southwest led me to discover that there appeared to be the impending arrival of a brand new business entity in downtown St. Joseph.Plain brown paper had been placed over the windows at 613 Broad Street, blocking from view any concept that might be secretly concocted within.That was in October of 2003, and I was hardpressed to figure out what was going on. Then, in late November of that year, window decals were placed on the glass and the buzz began regarding a Pet Bakery. None of us had ever heard of such an idea, and my chatter about it on the radio only raised still more speculation about what was going on in a space that had been long known to be the home of a TV and appliance store. Behind those papered over windows with a new decal in place, Rick & Mary Schaut were preparing to introduce us all to an amazing new business. It was in their own home, however, that they were working overtime baking dog treats day after day trying to assemble enough to assure that every entrant in the now famous Reindog Parade would have one.Their kids helped wrap and pass out those very first peanut butter bone treats as the Schaut family worked to introduce themselves to the pet-loving community across the region. Rick’s employer, Collins and Aikman Plastics in south St. Joseph had closed their doors for good. In a bid to not only exhibit their deep love for not only their own pets but pets of all stripes in the community, the couple elected to work to make a dream come true. Even they, however, likely never expected their gourmet pet treats to become the raving success that they did. They pulled together the cash to lease space across from the St. Joseph City Hall, and began their remodeling. The Reindog Parade was their first entry onto the scene and they planned to launch their new business, FuzzyButz Pet Bakery on March 1st of 2004. Mary, however, was energized by the overwhelming response to the parade goodies and she pushed for a February 1st launch date. In order to accomplish that task, the two worked Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and day laying new floor tile and painting the building.Rick tells me that he has never worked so hard in his entire life. He found new employment and the two of them worked 16 to 18 hours a day holding down normal jobs and running the store as well.They were terrified over the money they had invested to make their dream come true. They gambled heavily that the community would accept them. Needless to say, the community welcomed FuzzyButz with open arms, and allowed Rick to grow and nurture the business to keep Mary from working the road as a sales person. It also allowed the Schaut family daughters to come together and help run a family business. In the interim, the daughters have grown into the job and created families of their own. FuzzyButz started out in a 1,000 square foot storefront and a 300 square foot bakery where they were tripping over one another.Having moved several years later to new quarters at 306 State Street, the company has grown into a 2,600 square foot store and an 800 square foot bakery at the back of the building. They now employ anywhere from 6 to 9 associates depending on the time of year. FuzzyButz also wholesales their wholesome treats to several other companies in multiple states across the country, and Mary and daughter Maggie now run the show. Now, they not only bake treats for the Reindog Parade...they are the sponsors for the fun affair with St. Joseph Today, and Rick says they just want to say a huge thank you to the entire community for the love and support they have been shown as they prepare for their official 10th Anniversary Celebration in February of 2014. Congratulations to a family of seriously quality people who dearly love their pets, our pets, and all of the pets and customers throughout the area.<br /> <br /> When Griffin Tool started back in 1988 there were just two employees in a space of less than 1,500 square feet in Stevensville. Now, as they mark their 25th Anniversary in business their current expansion project alone is more than ten times the size of that first facility...and when it is complete the tooling shop will comprise nearly 40,000 square feet along Johnson Road in the village. The Stevensville Village Council voted recently to authorize a 50-percent tax break for 12-years on nearly $1,000,000.00 in property for the long-time provider to the automotive industry as they have outgrown their building again. The original two-man operation is now up to nearly 60 employees and their current expansion project could lead to as many as six more new jobs in the community. Griffin Tool is a top quality trim die supplier that is ISO 9001:2000 certified. The company is adding 15,000 square feet of manufacturing space to the existing 25,000 square feet already on site at 2951 Johnson Road. The company has continued to exhibit significant growth through the years working largely with the auto industry, but also in industries engaged in lighting, power tools, farm equipment, small gas engines, recreational vehicles, office furniture, household goods and other industrial applications. The firm has grown steadily over the years and now boasts clients in more than 20 states across the nation and they build for U.S. customers who ship routinely to Brazil, Mexico, Hungary, Korea, and China.<br /> <br /> Their steady investment in new machinery has allowed them to enhance cost containment while increasing flexibility in meeting customer needs regardless of the industry. Griffin Tool employs an innovative design staff with experienced toolmakers, project managers, and sales staff members who understand that customer service is the key to success.<br /> <br /> Residential and Commercial trash customers of The Garbage Company are receiving letters advising them of a business merger involving their service provider. The best news for those impacted by the merger is: “You do not need to do anything!” The actual business transaction apparently took place effective November 1, 2013...but letters to customers were arriving in the mail last weekend.Eric Stoub is the General Manager of The Garbage Company and Dave Newhouse is the Division Manager for Best Way Disposal. Both signed the jointly dispatched letter on dual letterhead.That’s likely the last correspondence to carry the logo of The Garbage Company, inasmuch as the merger brings everything under one roof at Best Way. Stoub and Newhouse tell customers that other than seeing a new name on the trucks, little else will change. In fact, they add that with few exceptions the same Garbage Company employees that customers have come to know will still provide their service. Both firms are local family-owned businesses, and Best Way Disposal has been providing service to the community for more than 20 years. All customer account information, such as monthly rates, balances and credits on each account will transfer to Best Way. All future invoicing will be made by Best Way Disposal. Even current collection days will remain the same, with the caveat that “if reorganization of routes should prove necessary in the future, Best Way will notify you before making any changes.” Customers are being asked in the letter to have trash bins in place by 6am on collection day, as upgrades to equipment will result in an earlier normal collection time. Best Way Disposal is located at 3290 Hennessey Road in Watervliet and four phone numbers were listed in the letter accounting for local dialing in various communities served. Those numbers include: 269- 463-3232…269-429-3431…269-683-2499… and 800-246-5992.<br /> <br /> Failure to negotiate a mutually agreeable lease extension plan is at the core of this week’s departure of Von Tobel Lumber from Michigan’s Great Southwest. The sprawling store on Glenlord Road a couple of hundred yards from the intersection with Red Arrow Highway marked its last day in business on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 according to Stevensville store manager Tracy Marsh. Mr. Marsh says that Von Tobel Corporation is a “very stable company that owns our other four locations.” He tells me that a few months ago the previous owners’ bank (not Von Tobel’s bank) took ownership of the building from the previous owner.Since that takeover, Von Tobel Corporation has been attempting to negotiate a lease extension.Tracy tells me that the bank and the corporation were unable to arrive at mutually agreeable terms on a lease extension, so the firm made the decision to close down operations in Stevensville and consolidate their inventory to the Michigan City store.Von Tobel’s other stores are in Michigan City, Valparaiso, Lafayette, and Schererville, Indiana and none are impacted by the decision to depart Stevensville. Tracy tells me that the majority of the current employees have agreed to make the move to the Michigan City store, where he is also the manager, and to continue to service the Southwestern Michigan market from that location.He added, “Von Tobel has made a very strong financial commitment to the Southwestern Michigan market and will continue to do so. We are excited to continue to service our valued customers and partners in our business.” The local store is sited on a large parcel of land alongside the railroad tracks at 2291 W. Glenlord Road, across from Santaniello’s Italian Restaurant and Glenlord Pizzeria. Von Tobel Lumber & Hardware is a building materials supplier that serves the professional contractor, the remodeling contractor and the do-it-yourself consumer.It is a 100% employee owned business.<br /> <br /> Future family heirloom ornaments are being created today at Water Street Glassworks in the Benton Harbor Arts District. Outstanding handblow glass and ornaments are being prepared for you as the team at the Glassworks gets ready to ring in the holiday season with their Annual Holiday Glass Sale. The sale began yesterday (Friday/11/29) and will run through December 21st. Not only will be you be shopping locally, you’ll be supporting a local non-profit organization and local artisans.Plan now to peruse the sparkling array of hand-crafted glass and metal art, decorative and functional pieces, created by students and faculty members of Water Street Glassworks. While you’re shopping, you can also enjoy a sweet treat from the seasonal flavors being offered next door at the Water Street GelatoWorks, and enjoy watching glassblowing from the catwalk above the studio ovens. All proceeds from the Annual Holiday Sale help support the programming, including the Nationally Recognized Fire Up! After-School Teen Glass Program. Hours for the sale will run during the Thanksgiving weekend from 10am until 5pm and then weekdays Tuesday through Friday from 10am until 5pm and Saturdays from noon until 4pm through December 21st. Water Street Glassworks can be found at 140 Water Street in the Benton Harbor Arts District. If you’re interested in winter classes at the studio, you can find the class schedule by going to www.waterstreetglassworks.org. <br /> <br /> There are times in Berrien County when women hit a brick wall due to a sudden financial hardship. In most regards they are reasonably self-sufficient but find themselves strapped at a critical time, yet don’t fit eligibility rules for community resources. At times like that, the home grown organization called 100 Women Strong often rides to the rescue. That’s a non-profit organization founded more than 15 years ago as a 501(c)(3) charitable group designed exclusively for such emergency situations. The group of women helping women recently launched a 100/100/100 Campaign as a new annual funding effort. The goal of the campaign is to raise $100 from 100 women in order to reach $10,000.00 in 100 days. Breeze Ettl is the President of 100 Women Strong and she is quick to point out that 100% of the money raised from members of the organization and the rest of the community will provide assistance to women in Berrien County who are facing emergency financial needs. As indicated, these women are not eligible for other community resources. They are either working or attending school and can receive a one-time grant of up to $500.00 to pay for emergency car repairs, health care, utility bills or other unexpected bills. The intent of 100 Women Strong is, and always has been, to help women stay self-sufficient and keep them from quitting work or school because no emergency funds were available to them in a time of need. If you can find it in your heart to assist these outstanding women helping women, please consider making a donation during the campaign which is designed to end on January 25th, 2014...at the end of the 100 day run . You can learn more by going to www.100womenstrongberrien.com. That’s it for this week, folks…enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend, and look for us again Saturday in MailMax…and online every day at www.MoodyOnTheMarket.com.<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Morning Radio Personality<br /> WSJM Radio<br /> moody@wsjm.com<br /> (269) 925-1111<br />

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