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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer See our New Year’s Eve Guide on Page 10 & 11 December 28, 2013 Paper. News Good our Y www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on December 28, 2013 Volume 14, Ver. 52 Moody on The Market M oody Pat Robert Piner and Jim Steinke launched a “revolu-tion” six years ago in the form of their burgeoning sign company, Revolution Design , when they set up shop in the Benton Harbor Arts Distric t. Half a dozen years and thousands of signs of all sizes, shapes and colors later they have completed the majority of their sizable expansion project which has nearly quadrupled their available work space. Believe me...they needed it! Revolution Design is a top notch provider of corporate imagery of virtually every dimension . Piner, Steinke, and several hard-working employees have moved operations to 330 W. Main Street in Benton Harbor in the Entergy Center Building across from the new Frankie’s Breakfast Club . They now occupy a major portion at the rear of that building, pressing into action 4,000 square feet of production space, a large loading dock and interi-or vehicle prep space where they can work their logo magic on client cars, trucks and vans. Their old space on Water Street had barely 1,100 square feet of space and low ceilings restricting some of the work they have been called upon to perform. Revolution Design is a full-service pro-vider of signs, banners, posters, postcards, decals, window stickers, electronic message boards, LED message boards and more. Rest assured you have seen their handiwork all over Michigan’s Great Southwest . By way of example, they completed the work on the LED message boards for Lakeshore Petroleum Shell Stations on Red Arrow Highway and on Napier both near the I-94 interchanges . They crafted the electronic message sign at the Silver Beach Carousel Center . Not only did they provide the new sig-nage for Kinexus , they are handling many of that agency’s graphic needs of all kinds including work for the Bridge Academy . They are already working on light pole banners for the 2014 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid for Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce. The Senior PGA itself has them under contract to assist with some major welcom-ing signage for the Championship. Other major sign projects and clients include work for the Michigan Brewers Guild, Fathom Works, St. Joseph Today, Round Barn Winery and the new Round Barn Brewery & Public House in Baroda. Many major real estate brokers utilize the shops talents routinely as well. The major expansion project has resulted in a new 6-color screen printing press with which Revolution Design can now move into silk-screening t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other logo’d apparel for clients of all sorts. The move also resulted in acquisition of a second latex ink printer which is very eco-friendly and dramatically increases their printing capacity. One or both of those printers is churning customer product virtually every wak-ing hour that the shop is open for business. For much of the summer, Revolution Design was actually working out of both locations as retrofit-ting and build out of the new space took place, but the move was largely completed late in the Continued on page 8 New year. New start. New look. 20-70% off Come in for the fun of it! Floor Sample Sale * * All Floor Sample sales final. 613 Broad St., St. Joseph, Michigan 269-983-7774 • www.harbortowninteriors.com Inserts & Promotions MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Phone: 269.934.7522 FAX: 269.934.3297 email: publisher@farahead.com www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax • Harding’s Friendly Markets • Martins Super Market • Ace Hardware • Pater True Value Inserts may vary by Zip Code

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Robert Piner and Jim Steinke launched a “revolution” six years ago in the form of their burgeoning sign company, Revolution Design, when they set up shop in the Benton Harbor Arts District. Half a dozen years and thousands of signs of all sizes, shapes and colors later they have completed the majority of their sizable expansion project which has nearly quadrupled their available work space. Believe me...they needed it! Revolution Design is a top notch provider of corporate imagery of virtually every dimension. Piner, Steinke, and several hard-working employees have moved operations to 330 W. Main Street in Benton Harbor in the Entergy Center Building across from the new Frankie’s Breakfast Club. They now occupy a major portion at the rear of that building, pressing into action 4,000 square feet of production space, a large loading dock and interior vehicle prep space where they can work their logo magic on client cars, trucks and vans. Their old space on Water Street had barely 1,100 square feet of space and low ceilings restricting some of the work they have been called upon to perform. Revolution Design is a full-service provider of signs, banners, posters, postcards, decals, window stickers, electronic message boards, LED message boards and more. Rest assured you have seen their handiwork all over Michigan’s Great Southwest. By way of example, they completed the work on the LED message boards for Lakeshore Petroleum Shell Stations on Red Arrow Highway and on Napier both near the I-94 interchanges. They crafted the electronic message sign at the Silver Beach Carousel Center. Not only did they provide the new signage for Kinexus, they are handling many of that agency’s graphic needs of all kinds including work for the Bridge Academy. They are already working on light pole banners for the 2014 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid for Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce. The Senior PGA itself has them under contract to assist with some major welcoming signage for the Championship. Other major sign projects and clients include work for the Michigan Brewers Guild, Fathom Works, St. Joseph Today, Round Barn Winery and the new Round Barn Brewery & Public House in Baroda. Many major real estate brokers utilize the shops talents routinely as well. The major expansion project has resulted in a new 6-color screen printing press with which Revolution Design can now move into silk-screening t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other logo’d apparel for clients of all sorts. The move also resulted in acquisition of a second latex ink printer which is very eco-friendly and dramatically increases their printing capacity. One or both of those printers is churning customer product virtually every waking hour that the shop is open for business. For much of the summer, Revolution Design was actually working out of both locations as retrofitting and build out of the new space took place, but the move was largely completed late in the summer paving the way for a highly productive fall season that has kept the company almost breathless. While the vast majority of Piner & Steinke’s clients are local and regional to our area, they have several national accounts including a substantial contract with a motion picture DVD rental system similar to Red Box which requires hundreds of special offer movie posters to be printed and shipped several times a month to vendors scattered across the western United States. In addition to in-house employees, Revolution Design has an outside commissioned sales rep in the form of Larry Pascoe who works a wide range of businesses across the region on their behalf. You can reach the “revolutionary” team by calling 269-605-4483, or by visiting their production studios in Suite 130 at 330 W. Main Street in Benton Harbor, alongside the new Saranac Flats project building.<br /> <br /> The long-awaited, much anticipated arrival of the Panera Bread Drive-Thru is now ready for action. Panera Bread in St. Joseph has been working since mid-to-late September on a substantial makeover that now includes a full-service drive-thru service. It marks the third such Panera shop in West Michigan to bring the drive-thru option to hungry customers. Manna Development Group owns 19 Panera Bread bakery cafes from Jackson to Mt. Pleasant, Grand Rapids, Lakeshore, Kalamazoo, and here in St. Joseph with an up and coming unit soon in Michigan City, Indiana. Greg Collins is Director of Operations for the entire group and he’s excited for the completion of the drive-thru expansion at 3260 Niles Road alongside I-94 in St. Joseph Charter Township. Meanwhile, a complete remodel of the interior of the St. Joe bakery cafe continues and is due to be completed within the next several weeks according to plans. The whole idea behind the makeover is to enhance the dine-in experience as well as improve the flow of service at the busy order counters Since first opening in West Michigan back in 1999, the local franchise holder has been an active participant in the communities they serve. By way of example, at the end of every day, Panera Bread donates all unsold bread and baked goods to local area hunger-relief agencies as a part of its local Day-End-Dough-Nation program. Here in West Michigan alone the shops donate more than $2.5-million dollars worth of unsold products to help people in need through programs such as the Benton Harbor Street Ministry and others. Locally, Panera of St. Joe is open Sunday from 7am until 8pm, Monday through Thursday from 6am until 9pm and Friday and Saturday from 6am until 9:30pm.<br /> <br /> George Washington Jones established a bank in his own name in 1877 in the Cass County town of Marcellus. He called it G. W. Jones Exchange Bank, and it has just grown by establishing a new branch in downtown Watervliet. Jones was one of the earliest settlers of the area and one of the founders of Marcellus. In 1868 he purchased 211 acres of land for $13,000.00 and began platting it. three years later, trains began traveling into Marcellus contributing to the town’s growth. Determining that the town needed a bank in light of the rapid growth, he decided to start one despite his total lack of knowledge regarding the banking industry. His son, Carroll S. Jones ran the bank for his father beginning at the age of 19, while G.W. could often be found sitting in a large cherry wood chair in the lobby of the bank visiting with customers. The bank was started with $40,000.00 in assets in 1877 and has grown to more than $63-million dollars in assets today. It is the only locally owned and operated bank in Cass County with branches in Cassopolis and Edwardsburg in addition to the headquarters in Marcellus. The new G. W. Jones Exchange Bank in Watervliet is located at 332 N. Main Street in the former Fifth Third Bank Building downtown. The branch is open Monday through Thursday from 9am until 5pm, Fridays from 9am until 6pm and from 9am until noon on Saturdays. The family owned bank prides itself on old fashioned service while offering advanced technological options for the ever-changing world. Cordell R. Jones became President & CEO of the bank in 2002 and his daughters, Christina & Jennifer, the fifth generation of the family, became involved with management of the bank as Vice-Presidents.<br /> <br /> For nearly 25-years now International Diagnostic Systems Corporation (IDS) of St. Joseph has been working hard to maintain the safety of our food products and our animals, utilizing diagnostic test kits for a variety of safety checks. About four-and-a-half years ago the firm, located on S. Cleveland Avenue in St. Joseph Charter Township, was acquired by Lansing-based Neogen Corporation. Neogen is a corporation that develops, manufactures and markets a diverse line of products dedicated to those same food and animal safety issues. Neogen’s 2nd quarter results for fiscal 2014 for the period ended November 30th showed increased revenues of just under $59.6-million dollars. That’s a 17% increase over the same quarter last year when they stood at $50.7-million dollars. Year-to-date 2014 revenues increased by 18% to $118.1-million from FY 2013’s $100.5-million. The 2nd quarter was the 87th of the past 92 quarters that Neogen reported revenue increases compared with the previous year, including all consecutive quarters of the last eight years. James Herbert is Neogen’s Chairman & CEO. He says, “We are pleased to report strong second quarter revenue increases, the result of broad-based organic sales growth throughout our worldwide markets, and the efficient integration of recent acquisitions into our operations.” Steve Quinlan is Neogen’s CFO. He says, “As can be seen from our operating expenses, we continue to make the investments in people and products that we believe are necessary to achieve our goals for growth. Our balance sheet remains strong, with no debt and the financial strength to allow us to continue to reinvest in the business while pursuing a number of growth strategies moving forward.” St. Joseph-based IDS is a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of test kits to detect drug residues in food and animal feed, and drugs in forensic and animal samples. Neogen was founded in 1982, and has grown to more than 800 employees in multiple U.S. and international locations, and a worldwide presence.<br /> <br /> Chances are excellent that at some time over the past summer and fall Loretta Holmes zipped past you on a bike here in Michigan’s Great Southwest...and you had no clue. Loretta is the Marketing & Educational Coordinator at the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. That’s a part-time gig, which leaves her lots of time to pursue her true passion in life: Cycling & Aquabike Racing. In fact, Loretta has been a competitive cyclist for years and now she wants to help other women to train for successful competition as well. Loretta placed 1st in her age group at the Michigan State Time Trial Championship in 2012 and placed 4th in her age group this year. In USA Triathlon Age-Group Rankings this year she finished 1st in Michigan, 2nd in the entire Midwest and 13th nationally. Loretta has launched a new business as a cycling coach at Elizabeth Coaching. Her new business, based in St. Joseph, serves women cyclists nationally and locally. She is a Category 4 Road Racer with the 574 Cycling Club. She is a Certified Spinning Instructor and in the process of obtaining a Level 3 Coaching License from USA Cycling. In addition to cycling, Loretta races in Aquabike Races -- in essence a triathlon minus the running. Aquabike was created in 2005 as a way to increase participation among athletes who have suffered knee injuries and/or hip injuries by eliminating the run portion of the event. When she discovered that training plans for cycling and Aquabike racing were lacking, specifically for women who are new to the sport she created Elizabeth Coaching. Elizabeth Coaching can help cyclists make significant improvements. Her philosophy is based on periodization. She specifically coaches women whether they are new to cycling or veterans of years of cycling. Developing relationships and delivering consistent feedback sets her practice apart from all others. She tells me that as a mother, wife, professional, and endurance athlete she understands busy lifestyles and the challenges of finding the time to train. Thus, her personalized training plans help address cyclist goals to prepare for race day. To learn more about Loretta’s regimen and reach out to her for assistance through coaching, you can find a great deal more by going to: www.elizabethcoaching.com. <br /> <br /> Finally today, a well-deserved rest is in the offing for one of my fellow columnists here in MailMax. Glenda Head’s last column appears in this week’s issue as we wrap up the year. Her weekly insights have kept readers laughing, crying, caring and sharing as she has recounted many tales from her family, her work, her life, and her individual passions. I can assure you that her decision to retire from writing will leave a sizable gap in many a friend’s weekend regimen. Nevertheless, we wish her Godspeed and a joyous and happy retirement from the rigors of producing fresh material week after week. Thanks for caring, sharing, and teaching us all many a good lesson along the way, Glenda. I’m sure that Glen offered to quadruple your pay to stay on a little longer (he’s done it to me on multiple occasions!) But you’ve earned some time off and we all hope you enjoy it immensely. Oh…and Happy New Year!<br /> <br /> That same Happy New Year greeting is for each and every one of you who regular join us here in MailMax every week…and also with new stories every single day online at www.MoodyOnTheMarket.com. Don’t forget your designated driver! See you next year!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Morning Radio Personality<br /> WSJM Radio<br /> moody@wsjm.com<br /> (269) 925-1111

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