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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer Paper. News Good our Y December 27, 2014 POSTMASTER: Please deliver on December 27, 2014 Moody on The Market Even the most success-ful businesses hit a bump in the road occasionally. Or, as in the case of Joe’s Cafe Breakfast House in Royalton Township, it’s more like a fork in the road. The extremely popular restaurant featuring a broad array of breakfast offerings, Mexican fare, and a pretty comprehen-sive menu of lunch items has hit a crossroads that is leading to a ‘divorce’ between the two “Joe’s” whose names are on the logo. The “Joe’s,” who have been business partners in the Breakfast House and cafe for several years now are Jose Estrada and Jose Serna. Disagreements over the direction of the business recently came to a head, and police were actually called by one of the owners to help cooler heads prevail. In the ensu-ing discussion it was apparently decided that either the rift is insurmountable or it was best to simply dissolve the partnership, and that is what is currently in the works. Jose Serna is leaving the business while Jose Estrada will re-establish the business under his own flag of ownership going forward. Unfortunately for hungry fans of the cafe, that process will likely consume the better part of a month, meaning that the restaurant will remain closed until after the first of the New Year. As the former partners work through the legal wrangling and deal with the dissolution of the corporation, Estrada promises to get the kitchen back firing on all cylinders again as quickly as possible. In the meantime, the “Business Temporarily Closed” sign will remain in the win-dow at Suite 104 of 4100 M-139 in the Scottdale Crossings Business Center across Miners Road from Pater True Value Hardware in Royalton Township. Stay tuned for updates when things are resolved and back on track. If you picture in your mind the world of a truly diversified manufacturer, you would be hard pressed to find a stronger example in Michigan’s Great Southwest than the crew at Eagle Technologies Group --A Hanson Group compa-ny. In essence you could say they’ve got the bases covered from guns to butter. Proof comes in the stable of companies served by Eagle and the incredible flexibility of the firm to address solu-tions for industries ranging from Military Munitions to Food Processing...everything from Automotive to Health Care and even energy industries including nuclear, solar and wind power. The company is currently in the midst of a sizable hiring expansion for a broad array of talent. In fact they are recruiting now for all of the following: 2 Applications Engineering Project Managers, 3 Controls Engineers, 10 Electricians, 5 Toolmakers, 4 Mechanical Engineers and 7 Bench Helpers. That’s a total of 31 new hires needed to continue the work of the advanced manufacturing group located at 9850 Red Arrow Highway in Bridgman. Jason Cleveland has just been promoted to Vice President of Engineering at Eagle Technologies. Company President Mike Koziel says Cleveland has been with the firm Continued on page 8 M oody Pat Continued from page 1 since July and was most recently Controls company has established many factory automa-Engineering Manager at Eagle. He brings nearly tion equipment solutions for fuel systems, chassis two decades of engineering experience in a num-assembly and test equipment, hybrid & electrical ber of roles to the work bench. He was also vehicles, interior and safety applications, power engaged in sales engineering with a hydraulic, train work and beyond. They’ve also routinely electrical and mechanical distributor for two handled solutions for the consumer product years. He is a resident of South Bend. The industry, appliance manufacturing industry, furni-multi-talented team at Eagle holds expertise in a ture manufacturing industry, optical manufactur-vast arena including the following capabilities: ing industry, healthcare manufacturing and pack-Dispensing Technology…Factory Packaging… aging industry, healthcare instrument manufac-Material Handling…Conveyor Systems…Dial turing industry, pharmaceutical packaging solu-Machines…Fixture Design…Manual Work tions and beyond. Potential employees in the Stations…Manufacturing Robotics…Mobile recruitment campaign are being offered a com-Robots…Material Joining Processes… petitive benefit package including 401k match Automated Welding Machines…Fastening and 401k employer contributions, employer paid Solutions…Friction & Spin Welding…Industrial insurance coverage including Life/ADD/and LTD insurance, medical, prescription and dental Pressing Machines…Laser Start the new year with Welding…Swaging a new look for your Machines…Material Removal…Product & coverage, and a first class facility and work envi-ronment on the Eagle Technologies campus in home at prices that make it all affordable. Process Tracking…Product & so Process Bridgman. Interested parties can stop in to fill Validation…And more. For the auto industry, the Wake up your surroundings with one-of-a-out an application or they can click the fol-kind furnishings, floor coverings, lighting and lowing link to search for job opportunities: http://www.eagletechnologies.com accessories! Come in and take a look – She’s been a familiar voice on the air for you’ll be glad you did! years...a familiar face on regional TV...a credible news source for many...and an inspirational champion in the battle against cancer while sur-You’ll love coming home to viving the disease herself. Now...she’s coming HarborTown Interiors. full-circle, returning to her roots with Mid-West Family Broadcasting. Denise Bohn-Stewart signed on to ‘98.3 The Coast’ a couple of days ago to make the surprise announcement heralding her return to a Mid-West Family morning show alongside Jonny Reinhardt. While they took a collective bow on the air that morning, the full gig begins on Monday, January 5th, with a new daily mix offering up Jonny & Denise’s take on the week’s biggest local and national pop culture stories, discussions with community leaders, and ‘Today’s Best Mix’ of hot artists like Maroon 5, Pink, Katy Perry and many more. It’s a truly blended homecoming inasmuch as Jonny himself recently rejoined Mid-West Family Broadcasting, MOODY www.MailMaxOnline.com Volume 15, Ver. 52 returning in October from a stint with DelMarva Broadcasting in Maryland. Denise, who was pre-viously News Director for the Mid-West Family * team and also morning show co-host on 97.5 Y-Country in the late ‘90’s, has more recently been working as a journalist with CBS affiliate WSBT-TV 22 in South Bend, Indiana along with her role at Susan G. Komen-Southwest Michigan, a role she will continue in the community at large. Denise tells us she is, “Thrilled to be re-joining such a community-focused organiza-tion as Mid-West Family Broadcasting, and returning to my roots in radio where my career started 20 years ago.” Bohn-Stewart will also lend an assist to the MWF News Team with story development and anchor work. Jonny Reinhardt will kick off the morning show daily at 6am with Denise joining in at 7am for familiar features like Trending Topics, the Coast Social Network and more. Jonny tells us he’s “Extremely excited to be back in the area, having spent most of my life here. Denise and I are excited to continue the great tradition of live, local radio here at the Coast.” As a result of cementing the morning show line-up, former morning host Zack East will return to afternoons as he and station Operations Manager Paul Layendecker begin to concentrate on building the morning show duo. Zack says, “We believe in 100-percent local everything here at the Coast, including our staff, who all hail from Southwest Michigan.” Steph Williams, who rounds out the Coast staff in the evening hours, says it’s a “huge thrill” to hang out with listeners working or relaxing at night. The full schedule will be in effect on Monday, January 5th with ‘Jonny & Denise in the Morning,’ from 6am-9am, Jonny Reinhardt continuing from 9am until Noon, Zack East from Noon until 5pm and the ‘Diva Drive at 5’ with Steph Williams from 5pm to 5:30 and then sticking around to entertain night listeners through 10pm daily. Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s WSJM, Inc. operates 6 market-leading radio stations in Berrien & Van Buren Counties, including 94.9 WSJM-FM, Sports Radio 1400 WSJM-AM, 98.3 The Coast, Rock 107 WIRX, 97.5 Y-Country, and SuperHits 103.7 COSY-FM. The company also produces portal websites for news (WSJM.com), sports (WSJMSports.com) and business news (MoodyontheMarket.com). Imagine calling it a day this evening and walking into your bedroom only to find there is no bed for you to lay down on. Unfortunately, there are far too many people, including children in our own community, who find themselves in that situation every night. Once again this holiday season, the good folks at Slumberland Furniture of Benton Harbor are working to resolve that situation. In fact, they’re doing it system-wide in the Slumberland family of stores. On a recent morning, just minutes after the Benton Harbor store opened for business at 756 E. Napier Avenue, warehouse crews were busy loading Inserts & Promotions twin mattresses, box springs and frames onto a delivery truck from Harbor Habitat for Humanity •Hardings Friendly Market to be delivered to children and families identified ANNUAL FLOOR SAMPLE SALE SALE STARTS JANUARY 2, 2015 20-70% off New year, New look, Great prices! 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Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

Even the most successful businesses hit a bump in the road occasionally. Or, as in the case of Joe’s Cafe Breakfast House in Royalton Township, it’s more like a fork in the road. The extremely popular restaurant featuring a broad array of breakfast offerings, Mexican fare, and a pretty comprehensive menu of lunch items has hit a crossroads that is leading to a ‘divorce’ between the two “Joe’s” whose names are on the logo. The “Joe’s,” who have been business partners in the Breakfast House and cafe for several years now are Jose Estrada and Jose Serna. Disagreements over the direction of the business recently came to a head, and police were actually called by one of the owners to help cooler heads prevail. In the ensuing discussion it was apparently decided that either the rift is insurmountable or it was best to simply dissolve the partnership, and that is what is currently in the works. Jose Serna is leaving the business while Jose Estrada will re-establish the business under his own flag of ownership going forward. Unfortunately for hungry fans of the cafe, that process will likely consume the better part of a month, meaning that the restaurant will remain closed until after the first of the New Year. As the former partners work through the legal wrangling and deal with the dissolution of the corporation, Estrada promises to get the kitchen back firing on all cylinders again as quickly as possible. In the meantime, the “Business Temporarily Closed” sign will remain in the window at Suite 104 of 4100 M-139 in the Scottdale Crossings Business Center across Miners Road from Pater True Value Hardware in Royalton Township. Stay tuned for updates when things are resolved and back on track.<br /> <br /> If you picture in your mind the world of a truly diversified manufacturer, you would be hard pressed to find a stronger example in Michigan’s Great Southwest than the crew at Eagle Technologies Group -- A Hanson Group company. In essence you could say they’ve got the bases covered from guns to butter. Proof comes in the stable of companies served by Eagle and the incredible flexibility of the firm to address solutions for industries ranging from Military Munitions to Food Processing...everything from Automotive to Health Care and even energy industries including nuclear, solar and wind power. The company is currently in the midst of a sizable hiring expansion for a broad array of talent. In fact they are recruiting now for all of the following: 2 Applications Engineering Project Managers, 3 Controls Engineers, 10 Electricians, 5 Toolmakers, 4 Mechanical Engineers and 7 Bench Helpers. That’s a total of 31 new hires needed to continue the work of the advanced manufacturing group located at 9850 Red Arrow Highway in Bridgman. Jason Cleveland has just been promoted to Vice President of Engineering at Eagle Technologies. Company President Mike Koziel says Cleveland has been with the firm since July and was most recently Controls Engineering Manager at Eagle. He brings nearly two decades of engineering experience in a number of roles to the work bench. He was also engaged in sales engineering with a hydraulic, electrical and mechanical distributor for two years. He is a resident of South Bend. The multi-talented team at Eagle holds expertise in a vast arena including the following capabilities: Dispensing Technology…Factory Packaging… Material Handling…Conveyor Systems…Dial Machines…Fixture Design…Manual Work Stations…Manufacturing Robotics…Mobile Robots…Material Joining Processes… Automated Welding Machines…Fastening Solutions…Friction & Spin Welding…Industrial Pressing Machines…Laser Welding…Swaging Machines…Material Removal…Product & Process Tracking…Product & Process Validation…And more. For the auto industry, the company has established many factory automation equipment solutions for fuel systems, chassis assembly and test equipment, hybrid & electrical vehicles, interior and safety applications, power train work and beyond. They’ve also routinely handled solutions for the consumer product industry, appliance manufacturing industry, furniture manufacturing industry, optical manufacturing industry, healthcare manufacturing and packaging industry, healthcare instrument manufacturing industry, pharmaceutical packaging solutions and beyond. Potential employees in the recruitment campaign are being offered a competitive benefit package including 401k match and 401k employer contributions, employer paid insurance coverage including Life/ADD/and LTD insurance, medical, prescription and dental coverage, and a first class facility and work environment on the Eagle Technologies campus in Bridgman. Interested parties can stop in to fill out an application or they can click the following link to search for job opportunities: http://www.eagletechnologies.com <br /> <br /> She’s been a familiar voice on the air for years...a familiar face on regional TV...a credible news source for many...and an inspirational champion in the battle against cancer while surviving the disease herself. Now...she’s coming full-circle, returning to her roots with Mid-West Family Broadcasting. Denise Bohn-Stewart signed on to ‘98.3 The Coast’ a couple of days ago to make the surprise announcement heralding her return to a Mid-West Family morning show alongside Jonny Reinhardt. While they took a collective bow on the air that morning, the full gig begins on Monday, January 5th, with a new daily mix offering up Jonny & Denise’s take on the week’s biggest local and national pop culture stories, discussions with community leaders, and ‘Today’s Best Mix’ of hot artists like Maroon 5, Pink, Katy Perry and many more. It’s a truly blended homecoming inasmuch as Jonny himself recently rejoined Mid-West Family Broadcasting, returning in October from a stint with DelMarva Broadcasting in Maryland. Denise, who was previously News Director for the Mid-West Family team and also morning show co-host on 97.5 Y-Country in the late ‘90’s, has more recently been working as a journalist with CBS affiliate WSBT-TV 22 in South Bend, Indiana along with her role at Susan G. Komen-Southwest Michigan, a role she will continue in the community at large. Denise tells us she is, “Thrilled to be re-joining such a community-focused organization as Mid-West Family Broadcasting, and returning to my roots in radio where my career started 20 years ago.” Bohn-Stewart will also lend an assist to the MWF News Team with story development and anchor work. Jonny Reinhardt will kick off the morning show daily at 6am with Denise joining in at 7am for familiar features like Trending Topics, the Coast Social Network and more. Jonny tells us he’s “Extremely excited to be back in the area, having spent most of my life here. Denise and I are excited to continue the great tradition of live, local radio here at the Coast.” As a result of cementing the morning show line-up, former morning host Zack East will return to afternoons as he and station Operations Manager Paul Layendecker begin to concentrate on building the morning show duo. Zack says, “We believe in 100-percent local everything here at the Coast, including our staff, who all hail from Southwest Michigan.” Steph Williams, who rounds out the Coast staff in the evening hours, says it’s a “huge thrill” to hang out with listeners working or relaxing at night. The full schedule will be in effect on Monday, January 5th with ‘Jonny & Denise in the Morning,’ from 6am-9am, Jonny Reinhardt continuing from 9am until Noon, Zack East from Noon until 5pm and the ‘Diva Drive at 5’ with Steph Williams from 5pm to 5:30 and then sticking around to entertain night listeners through 10pm daily. Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s WSJM, Inc. operates 6 market-leading radio stations in Berrien & Van Buren Counties, including 94.9 WSJM-FM, Sports Radio 1400 WSJM-AM, 98.3 The Coast, Rock 107 WIRX, 97.5 Y-Country, and SuperHits 103. 7 COSY-FM. The company also produces portal websites for news (WSJM.com), sports (WSJMSports.com) and business news (MoodyontheMarket.com). <br /> <br /> Imagine calling it a day this evening and walking into your bedroom only to find there is no bed for you to lay down on. Unfortunately, there are far too many people, including children in our own community, who find themselves in that situation every night. Once again this holiday season, the good folks at Slumberland Furniture of Benton Harbor are working to resolve that situation. In fact, they’re doing it system-wide in the Slumberland family of stores. On a recent morning, just minutes after the Benton Harbor store opened for business at 756 E. Napier Avenue, warehouse crews were busy loading twin mattresses, box springs and frames onto a delivery truck from Harbor Habitat for Humanity to be delivered to children and families identified by Child & Family Services of Southwestern Michigan as part of Slumberland’s “Making Homes for the Holidays” program. Child & Family Services Executive Director Joseph Goepfrich was on hand to personally watch the delivery process along with his Supervisor of Shelter Services at the Safe Shelter for Domestic Violence, his Director of Programs Kelly Nightingale, and Harbor Habitat’s Family Services Manager Jessica-Rae McFall. Nationwide this year Slumberland will donated approximately 2,000 mattress & box spring sets to non-profit partners throughout the Midwest communities it serves, including American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Club, Meals on Wheels, the Salvation Army, World Relief, World Vision, Child and Family Services and others who will distribute them to families in need. Ken Larson is CEO at Slumberland’s Minnesota headquarters. He tells us, “For far too many families, a warm bed has become a luxury, especially in today’s tough economic environment.” He adds, “With Making Homes for the Holidays, Slumberland is working to ensure that everyone in our communities gets a healthy night’s sleep.” Slumberland Benton Harbor owner Jim Paul says that in addition to this program, the company donates more than 10-percent of its profits to the 40 Winks Foundation which works directly year round with local charity partners located in cities where Slumberland has stores in the market. Each community has local charity partners that oversee the bed donation process and identifies all donation recipients. He notes, too, that proceeds from the Rotary Slumberland Bed Race and Pumpkin Fest in downtown St. Joseph this fall also helped pay for new beds for local youth. The Slumberland 40 Winks Foundation is a non-profit organization that offers several opportunities for the public to help provide beds to children and families. You can make donations and/or purchase specialty products at select Slumberland stores, with the proceeds going directly to the Foundation’s work. Because Slumberland covers all operating and administrative expenses for the Foundation, 100-percent of the money raised for the foundation is used to get beds into the homes that need them. Slumberland’s 40 Winks Foundation also provides educational information on the importance of good sleep, as well as tips on how to help children fall and stay asleep each night through its website.<br /> <br /> Cass County’s Economic Development work is officially becoming a part of the Southwestern Michigan Economic Growth Alliance, or SMEGA, under a new partnership crafted between the two agencies. Cynthia LaGrow’s appointment to the Benton Harbor Area School’s financial detail has resulted in her departure from the role she played for Cass County’s economic development efforts, and the county elected to fill that void by creating the new partnership with SMEGA in Niles. As a result, SMEGA brings a full-time economic developer and a host of other resources to Cass County working side-by-side with the Cass County Economic Development Corporation to manage economic development activities within the county. Joe Sobieralski is the Executive Director at SMEGA. He has been in that role since February of 2013, having previously served as City Manager for the city of Bangor, Village Manager for the Village of Stevensville, and a project manager for SMEGA. He voiced delight over the new arrangement, saying, “I’m excited to work with Cass County EDC to help assist our existing businesses and industries to grow, along with facilitating some attraction initiatives.” Cass County’s EDC had been contracting with LaGrow at LaGrow Consulting since 2012, in management of economic development activities within the county. She, however, was appointed last month by State Treasurer Kevin Clinton to the role of Consent Agreement Consultant for the Benton Harbor Area Schools. Burdened by those additional responsibilities LaGrow and her consulting agency, have elected to resign from the Cass County role. She tells us, “I have enjoyed working in Cass County, and have been excited to be part of such a pro-business area where we have seen over $50-million in investment and over 350 jobs created.” She adds, “I wish Cass County and SMEGA a successful partnership.” The new arrangement begins immediately.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Happy New Year…and we’ll see you Saturday here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Morning Radio Personality<br /> WSJM Radio<br /> moody@wsjm.com<br /> (269) 925-1111<br /> <br /> Read more at www.MailMaxOnline.com

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