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Free Gift Basket Wrapping With coupon & comparable product purchase. Last Minute Gifts! ECRWSS Local Postal Customer 421 State Street • St. Joseph, MI 269-277-5051 424 Phoenix St. •South Haven, MI 269-637-4754 OliveCart.com Paper. News Good our Y POSTMASTER: Please deliver on December 21, 2013 December 21, 2013 Moody on The Market I t’s likely not news to the tool & die companies and machine shops scattered across Berrien County , but a fall study from Royal Oak-based Harbour Results reflects severe constraints in the near future for the North American Tooling Industry . The study says that within 5-years, the gap between tooling capacity and demand from the automotive industry will be nearly $6-bil-lion-dollars. The 2013 Vendor Tooling Study was completed in conjunction with the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, LMC Automotive, and Ohio-based Clinton Aluminum & Stainless Steel. Laurie Harbour is the President & CEO of Harbour Results and she says, “Capacity will become a serious chal-lenge for the automotive industry in the near future. If the North American tooling industry doesn’t respond to the challenge someone, such as European and Asian tooling suppliers, will.” She adds, “Our study addresses potential issues that we’ll face and provides several strate-gies to counteract industry changes.” The study identifies several factors that will contribute to the demand increasing, including mass customi-zation…increased complexity…Europe & Asian OEM tool localization to North America… increased vehicle content…labor shortage…and increased price pressure. Ten original equipment manufacturers, nearly 50 major Tier 1 suppliers and more than 50 global tooling suppliers provid-ed information for the study. According to Ms. Harbour, the tooling industry would see a 10-to-20-percent reduction in absolute tool costs if there were more collaboration between the OEMs, Tier 1 and tooling suppliers as early as 36-months before vehicle launch. Increased col-laboration leads to improve manufacturing feasi-bility, increased input on part design, improved understanding of supplier capabilities and more. According to the study the current or exist-ing vendor tooling capacity sits at $9.25-billion dollars, which would fall well short of the pro-jected $15.2-billion dollar capacity required in 2018. Tool & die shops across the region have been working hard to keep up with the rapid pace of demand in light of the automotive industry recovery. Many are working overtime virtually every week to meet that demand. Lake Michigan College , meanwhile, is doing everything they can to help close the gap between machine tool demand and capacity. In fact, an online training program called Tooling U has declared LMC to be a Platinum Education Center , an honor reserved exclusively for educa-tional programs that embrace technology and are M oody Pat Continued from page 1 active in developing manufacturers for today and Workforce Development , and he says, “This pose fitness facility offers the latest equipment tomorrow to help close that gap. Recognizing that approach benefits both students and employ-and programs featuring a variety of instructional Michigan will see an additional 17,000 manufac-ers. The students have more time for the hands-classes, personal training and modern locker turing jobs over the next two years, Lake on lab work as they further their skills.” The rooms with a spa-like feel along with other first-Michigan College’s Machine Technology pro-school’s partnership with Tooling U provides class amenities. The RAC embraces a “Fitness Through Community Community” mentality that is inter-with the opportunity to supplement their Through gram is working to solve issues such as an aging students reNaissaNCe aTHleTiC ClUB Fitness woven throughout the entire facility. There liter-education with advanced online training workforce, lack of interest among younger work-ally is something for everyone at the club. The tools. LMC is also assisting area high schools ers, and the pace of changing technology that Renaissance Cafe serves a breakfast and lunch with integration of Tooling U into their programs have led to a shortage of skilled manufacturing workers in the state. A part of the tooling program as well. At Brandywine High School , for exam-menu and smoothie bar, there is a child care cen-at LMC is the online programming of Tooling U ple, students can take courses through the col-ter, sauna and steam rooms along with an which trains specifically to the daily job func-lege’s direct credit one-plus-one Manufacturing award-winning spa on site. Unique to the entire tions of skilled workers through multimedia, key Academy . Enrollment is currently underway for region is the RAC’s Sports Performance manufacturing content, and assessment exams for Spring Semester classes in Advanced Training Program which employs the new turf students. It’s a program that demonstrates the Manufacturing and other programs. For regis-training field and a spacious indoor all-purpose “flipped classroom approach,” where students tration and enrollment information to www.lake-studio, providing student athletes of all levels view the lectures and take quizzes and tests michigancollege.edu or call 269-927-8626 or you with the tools they need to elevate their game. RAC’s Master Trainer Jason Raynor , a online. Ken Flowers is LMC’s Director of can reach Ken Flowers at 269-927-4103. Five years ago Sean Todman’s dreams of Chicago-based fitness & nutrition coach and creating a world class athletic club in Benton former NFL strength coach for the Washington Harbor began to take shape. A year ago, those Redskins , leads the program of top-level training dreams became a reality. Recently, the 1st utilizing the same methods employed by profes-Birthday Party for his Renaissance Athletic sional athletes. Classes are included when you Club on Graham Avenue served the dual pur-become a member of the club, and a variety of pose of not only recognizing that one-year anni-memberships are offered to fit everyone’s needs versary, but also hosting a ribbon cutting ceremo-from students and household memberships to ny to showcase the club’s new lap pool, turf platinum memberships. The RAC operates training field and the club-managed Renaissance Monday through Thursday from 5am until Cafe . Todman is president of the Renaissance 10pm...Fridays from 5am until 9pm...Saturdays Athletic Club, or RAC as it is affectionately from 6:30am until 7pm...and Sundays from 9 referred to by members and friends. He was until 6. To learn more go to the organization’s Join between December 18th and the 31st to take advantage this great offer! joined by his parents, employees, local dignitar-website: http://racbh.com/ Troy Walter has been working to find his ies and club members in a pool-side ceremony hosted by Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce , niche for several years now. He’s peddled sno-and then they cut the ceremonial ribbon just off of cones at the beach...delivered restaurant meals in the spacious lobby in front of the tiered spinning a third party transaction for folks who like to have facility at the state-of-the-art athletic club over-door to door service...and now he has landed in a looking the second fairway of the Golf Club at space that he hopes will become his second home Harbor Shores. The 23,000 square foot all-pur-away from home. He calls it The Flying Griddle , and he’s anchoring the prime position at the top of the Orchards Mall Food Court in the space originally designed for hot pretzels. Walter and his business partner Matt Schwadron are bringing what they contend is arguably Pulled Pork Perfection “like nobody else!” The small walk-up restaurant invites you to sample the pulled pork “Afterburner” sandwich...Thai-style pulled pork and lots of other sandwich and taco variations. 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Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

It’s likely not news to the tool & die companies and machine shops scattered across Berrien County, but a fall study from Royal Oak-based Harbour Results reflects severe constraints in the near future for the North American Tooling Industry. The study says that within 5-years, the gap between tooling capacity and demand from the automotive industry will be nearly $6-billion- dollars. The 2013 Vendor Tooling Study was completed in conjunction with the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, LMC Automotive, and Ohio-based Clinton Aluminum & Stainless Steel. Laurie Harbour is the President & CEO of Harbour Results and she says, “Capacity will become a serious challenge for the automotive industry in the near future. If the North American tooling industry doesn’t respond to the challenge someone, such as European and Asian tooling suppliers, will.” She adds, “Our study addresses potential issues that we’ll face and provides several strategies to counteract industry changes.” The study identifies several factors that will contribute to the demand increasing, including mass customization… increased complexity…Europe & Asian OEM tool localization to North America… increased vehicle content…labor shortage…and increased price pressure. Ten original equipment manufacturers, nearly 50 major Tier 1 suppliers and more than 50 global tooling suppliers provided information for the study. According to Ms. Harbour, the tooling industry would see a 10-to-20-percent reduction in absolute tool costs if there were more collaboration between the OEMs, Tier 1 and tooling suppliers as early as 36-months before vehicle launch. Increased collaboration leads to improve manufacturing feasibility, increased input on part design, improved understanding of supplier capabilities and more. According to the study the current or existing vendor tooling capacity sits at $9.25-billion dollars, which would fall well short of the projected $15.2-billion dollar capacity required in 2018. Tool & die shops across the region have been working hard to keep up with the rapid pace of demand in light of the automotive industry recovery. Many are working overtime virtually every week to meet that demand.<br /> <br /> Lake Michigan College, meanwhile, is doing everything they can to help close the gap between machine tool demand and capacity. In fact, an online training program called Tooling U has declared LMC to be a Platinum Education Center, an honor reserved exclusively for educational programs that embrace technology and are active in developing manufacturers for today and tomorrow to help close that gap. Recognizing that Michigan will see an additional 17,000 manufacturing jobs over the next two years, Lake Michigan College’s Machine Technology program is working to solve issues such as an aging workforce, lack of interest among younger workers, and the pace of changing technology that have led to a shortage of skilled manufacturing workers in the state. A part of the tooling program at LMC is the online programming of Tooling U which trains specifically to the daily job functions of skilled workers through multimedia, key manufacturing content, and assessment exams for students. It’s a program that demonstrates the “flipped classroom approach,” where students view the lectures and take quizzes and tests online. Ken Flowers is LMC’s Director of Workforce Development, and he says, “This approach benefits both students and employers.The students have more time for the handson lab work as they further their skills.” The school’s partnership with Tooling U provides students with the opportunity to supplement their education with advanced online training tools. LMC is also assisting area high schools with integration of Tooling U into their programs as well. At Brandywine High School, for example, students can take courses through the college’s direct credit one-plus-one Manufacturing Academy. Enrollment is currently underway for Spring Semester classes in Advanced Manufacturing and other programs. For registration and enrollment information to www.lakemichigancollege. edu or call 269-927-8626 or you can reach Ken Flowers at 269-927-4103.<br /> <br /> Five years ago Sean Todman’s dreams of creating a world class athletic club in Benton Harbor began to take shape. A year ago, those dreams became a reality. Recently, the 1st Birthday Party for his Renaissance Athletic Club on Graham Avenue served the dual purpose of not only recognizing that one-year anniversary, but also hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony to showcase the club’s new lap pool, turf training field and the club-managed Renaissance Cafe. Todman is president of the Renaissance Athletic Club, or RAC as it is affectionately referred to by members and friends. He was joined by his parents, employees, local dignitaries and club members in a pool-side ceremony hosted by Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce, and then they cut the ceremonial ribbon just off of the spacious lobby in front of the tiered spinning facility at the state-of-the-art athletic club overlooking the second fairway of the Golf Club at Harbor Shores. The 23,000 square foot all-purpose fitness facility offers the latest equipment and programs featuring a variety of instructional classes, personal training and modern locker rooms with a spa-like feel along with other firstclass amenities. The RAC embraces a “Fitness Through Community” mentality that is interwoven throughout the entire facility. There literally is something for everyone at the club. The Renaissance Cafe serves a breakfast and lunch menu and smoothie bar, there is a child care center, sauna and steam rooms along with an award-winning spa on site. Unique to the entire region is the RAC’s Sports Performance Training Program which employs the new turf training field and a spacious indoor all-purpose studio, providing student athletes of all levels with the tools they need to elevate their game. RAC’s Master Trainer Jason Raynor, a Chicago-based fitness & nutrition coach and former NFL strength coach for the Washington Redskins, leads the program of top-level training utilizing the same methods employed by professional athletes. Classes are included when you become a member of the club, and a variety of memberships are offered to fit everyone’s needs from students and household memberships to platinum memberships. The RAC operates Monday through Thursday from 5am until 10pm...Fridays from 5am until 9pm...Saturdays from 6:30am until 7pm...and Sundays from 9 until 6. To learn more go to the organization’s website: http://racbh.com/ <br /> <br /> Troy Walter has been working to find his niche for several years now. He’s peddled snocones at the beach...delivered restaurant meals in a third party transaction for folks who like to have door to door service...and now he has landed in a space that he hopes will become his second home away from home. He calls it The Flying Griddle, and he’s anchoring the prime position at the top of the Orchards Mall Food Court in the space originally designed for hot pretzels. Walter and his business partner Matt Schwadron are bringing what they contend is arguably Pulled Pork Perfection “like nobody else!” The small walk-up restaurant invites you to sample the pulled pork “Afterburner” sandwich...Thaistyle pulled pork and lots of other sandwich and taco variations. The Flying Griddle smokes its own pulled pork daily in a smoker-grill alongside the Dairy Queen located on the front lot of the Fairplain Plaza. You may very well have tried some of their smoked meat options there under a pop-up canopy last summer, and now they’ve landed indoors at the Mall. Offerings on the menu currently include: Pulled Pork Sandwiches… Thai-Style Pulled Pork Sandwiches…Pulled Pork Tacos…Greek Wraps…Grilled Chicken Gyro Wraps…Pulled Pork Wraps…Grilled Chicken Tacos…and sides including chips and warm cookies. They would already have fountain- style soft drinks in the house, but installers are very busy and promising arrival of that equipment shortly after the start of the New Year.Walter tells me that his partnership with the crew at Dairy Queen also provides the opportunity for him to sell DQ Treats like Dilly Bars and Buster Bars in house at The Flying Griddle. Both Troy & Matt continue to experiment with other culinary options and promise that the menu will grow as the new restaurant advances. You can expect to find The Flying Griddle matching the regular hours of the Orchards Mall, seven days a week.Best of luck, guys...and keep us posted on your advancements.<br /> <br /> If you are engaged in an arts related business and count yourself among those who have lusted over the potential to establish space in the renowned Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph this might be your lucky day. Ali Hansen is the Executive Director of the Box Factory, and she says an unexpected vacancy on the highly coveted third floor has cropped up and she thought you might like to earn a shot at setting up shop there. The 12-foot by 12-foot space featuring clear story, double french door, and brick wall with an alcove is wired for private Internet access and leases for just $256.00 per month. The Box’s 3rd Floor is a clean & quiet zone with neighbors including writers, a wedding planner, several commercial photographers, a law office, and my friends at Fathom Works. Hansen tells me that The Box would prefer an “arts related” business to fit the organization’s mission statement. She notes, however, that it is definitely not a studio for a painter, pastel artist or the like. If you are interested in this unusual and unexpected vacancy, you are urged to call Ali at your earliest convenience at 269-983-3688 or email her at info@ boxfactoryforthearts.org. Good luck!<br /> <br /> You’ll forgive Laurie Pagogna if she breaks into song whenever you cross paths over the next couple of weeks by musically wondering aloud...”What are you doing, New Year’s...New Year’s Eve?” Now that the song is firmly top of mind for you, what are you doing New Year’s Eve? Laurie’s company, ChaosRED is producing one of the most dynamic New Year’s Eve parties in the region at The Heritage Center in St. Joseph. Celebration 2013 presented by ChaosRED will feature the incomparable vocals of national recording artist Niki Haris. A firstclass dinner provided by CK Catering offering both a meat and vegetarian choice for entree, salad, rolls, sides, dessert and will be followed up by late night hors’douvres and champagne for toasting at midnight. Sue Luther from With a Twist will provide bar service, and Audiobahn will man the sound and lights for an incredible night of music, dancing, food, champagne, photos and fun. One of the highlights of the night could be your trip to the photo-booth to capture a remembrance shot of the night. Tickets for this grand affair are $100 each...or $125 for VIP treatment including a meet & greet reception with Niki and front table seating for her live entertainment through the night. To make your reservations before the show sells out, or for additional information, call 269-248-1326 soon. New Year’s Eve with the incomparable Niki Haris. Priceless.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a very Merry Christmas and please remember to Shop Local in these final days before the big celebration! If your travels take you elsewhere, safe travels to you…and we’ll see you again next week right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Morning Radio Personality<br /> WSJM Radio<br /> moody@wsjm.com<br /> (269) 925-1111

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