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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer Paper. News Good our Y February 21, 2015 POSTMASTER: Please deliver on February 21, 2015 Moody on The Market M aximum perfor-mance coupled with a rock solid “can do” attitude resulted in record-breaking revenues for Eagle Technologies Group of Bridgman last year. Those record-breaking revenues, in turn, allowed the company to expand its market share and hire 30 new highly-skilled employees to help take the company to the next level. But, they’re not resting on their laurels... they’ll hire another 30 highly-skilled people in 2015. Mike Koziel is President of Eagle Technologies Group, headquartered on Red Arrow Highway just south of the City of Bridgman’s central business dis-trict. He says the diversified manufacturer is looking to continue the growth experienced in 2014 in the year ahead. Because the company is privately held, actual financial data was not disclosed. When asked about the secret to Eagle’s recent successes and growth curve, Koziel said, “Our recent growth and success has come primarily from a high level of accomplishment, trust and mutual respect we’ve earned from our customer base. Every day we judiciously work toward maintain-ing a ‘Yes We Can!’ attitude with our customers.” Koziel says Eagle has “implemented an attitude of communication and accountability throughout our com-pany by talking to our Teammates as people and not just employees, and by making sure everyone knows our goals and the commitments we’ve made to our custom-ers. To that end, accountability doesn’t mean manage-ment has to continually look over the shoulders of our Teammates. Instead, our Teammates look out for each other and make sure everyone is working toward the common goals of our company.” Koziel concludes, “Our growth and success comes from implementing an attitude of respect and achievement throughout our company, a commitment to working together and doing things right, and an enthusiastic approach to meeting the goals of our company and our customers.” In look-ing at the company’s successful business model, Eagle Technologies Executive Vice President & Owner, Jay Craig , explains, “Our customers are expecting shorter and shorter deliveries. We are growing our in-house capabilities to meet their expectations. We are doing what it takes to hit delivery dates and provide world class equipment.” In order to meet those rigid customer expectations, Eagle has invested in new, high-tech CNC machining centers with automated multi-tool changers to keep up with the fast growing pace. As a result of the ever-increasing demands of hungry industry sectors, Eagle is also looking to attract, hire, and retain 30 more highly-skilled employees in the year ahead. In addition to utilizing more than 110,000 square feet under roof spread across three buildings, Eagle is making improve-ments all across its Bridgman campus in the form of landscaping upgrades, new computer servers, computer work stations, and improved lighting for the future of the world class automation machine builder. Brandon Fuller is Vice President of Sales & Marketing . He says, “By deploying new software to streamline our engineering and workflow, we can provide our custom-ers with the latest technology in 3D designs and con-cepts in less time.” He adds, “We can provide our cus-tomers with ways to automate their processes and pro-vide them with automation to be more profitable. M oody Pat It was barely a year ago that Old National Bank of Benton Harbor was cutting the ribbon on a substan-tial makeover of what had been for years a Bank of America branch on M-139 in front of the Fairplain Plaza . Now, the bank is one of 36 branches that the parent corporation will either sell, consolidate or close in the near future. In the case of the Benton Harbor branch it will either be closed or consolidated by mid-May. That branch is one of 10 Indiana branches, two Michigan branches and one Kentucky facility targeted for resolution by mid-May. Not so lucky are six other locations due to be closed outright or consolidated by mid-March. That list includes the Adrian , Michigan branch. The remaining 17 bank branches impacted by the recent announcement in Evansville , Indiana where Old National is headquartered, will be sold. Delivery of the news came woven into the bank’s fourth-quarter and year-end earnings release and subsequent discussion in a conference call with financial analysts. Bob Jones is President & CEO of Old National. He said that in each case the locations targeted for sale, consolidation or closure were not performing well enough financially or were in a market that no longer matches the target demographics sought by the financial institution. He told analysts during the call, “I think it’s a prudent thing to never be wedded to any particular branch, any partic-ular market.” A dozen branch locations in Southern Illinois are part of an agreement Old National has entered into to be sold to First Mid-Illinois Bancshares headquartered in Mattoon , Illinois. That institution MOODY Continued from page 1 www.MailMaxOnline.com operates nearly three dozen banks in 23 Illinois commu-nities. Locations impacted by the sale are in Carbondale, Carmi, Carterville, De Soto, Harrisburg, Lawrenceville, Murphysboro, Marion, Mount Carmel and Mount Vernon. Indiana-based MainSource Bank , which currently boasts 80 branches in Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and Ohio , will acquire Old National’s only Ohio branch as well as four branch-es in Eastern Indiana in a separate deal from the First Mid-Illinois transaction. MainSource is headquartered in Greensburg , Indiana. Both of those deals will require regulatory approval and will likely close in the third quarter of the year. Not mentioned at all in discus-sions today and seemingly safe for now are Old National branches at Cleveland & Hilltop in St. Joseph, on North Kalamazoo Street in Paw Paw, and on South 11th Street in Niles . Besides the Benton Harbor closure or consolidation due by mid-May, the branch at Constantine , Michigan is also targeted for disposal. Most of the Old National Banks in Michigan were just acquired from Bank of America in the first half of 2013, and the Benton Harbor branch underwent a substantial makeover now barely a year old. Old National officials have said that expectations are that gains from the sales to First Mid-Illinois and MainSource will offset costs of the 19 closures and consolidations. If you count yourself among the pizza lovers who preferred the take-and-bake style of Papa Murphy’s Pizza of Benton Harbor, you love affair came crashing to an end on Valentine’s weekend. Sunday marked the Volume 16, Ver. 8 last hurrah for the two-year old restaurant in the Fairplain Plaza. Owner Sandy Stern of Niles says there just wasn’t enough business to continue to sustain the franchise operation. Stern originally launched the restaurant two years ago, opening over the Easter weekend, and while there were times when the place was busy here and there, in the final analysis, the pace of action was simply no longer sustainable and the place ceased operations at the close of business last Sunday, February 15th. The shop was located next to Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, at 1040 E. Napier Avenue , in the Fairplain Plaza, and was exclu-sively a take-out operation, where buyers started with dough made in the store daily and then topped with real mozzarella, hand-sliced vegetables and butcher-quality meats to your custom specifications. You would then take the fully topped pizza home to your own oven and bake it fresh for delivery to your dinner table. The nationwide chain was rated Best Pizza Chain in America by the publication Zagat in 2011 and 2012 and by the 2010 National Restaurant Chains Survey . The lease has ended, and the restaurant has closed. He is a key figure from American history. He has played a critical role in headline-grabbing events on the other side of the world. He has held combat leadership roles in more than 400 combat missions in four differ-ent theaters of war. And he’s coming to help the Lakeshore Excellence Foundation’s $600,000 fund-raising campaign to bring 21st Century Learning Centers to the students of Lakeshore Public Schools . His name is Robert O’Neill ...and he is one of the nation’s most highly decorated Navy SEAL Combat Veterans . He will be center stage at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center on Thursday, April 9th to share his message...his mantra...of “Never Quit.” O’Neill was a team leader with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group , deployed more Talk with Faculty and Advisors about a wide variety of than a dozen times as a highly trained Navy SEAL, leading the mili-academic programs tary’s most elite and involved in our nation’s most Learn about financial aid options important campaigns. With most of his career shrouded in a classified cloak of secrecy, O’Neill was the man on the ground we have never heard of but know exists. He was one of the quiet professionals performing the most difficult tasks in the most difficult circumstances, serv-ing his remarkable career in the shadows and keeping America safe in the process. In his line of work, instant, critical decision making is an absolute necessity for success, and he has proven experience in exceptionally high-risk and fluid environments. 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Pat Moody<br /> <br /> Maximum performance coupled with a rock solid “can do” attitude resulted in record-breaking revenues for Eagle Technologies Group of Bridgman last year. Those record-breaking revenues, in turn, allowed the company to expand its market share and hire 30 new highly-skilled employees to help take the company to the next level. But, they’re not resting on their laurels... they’ll hire another 30 highly-skilled people in 2015. Mike Koziel is President of Eagle Technologies Group, headquartered on Red Arrow Highway just south of the City of Bridgman’s central business district. He says the diversified manufacturer is looking to continue the growth experienced in 2014 in the year ahead. Because the company is privately held, actual financial data was not disclosed. When asked about the secret to Eagle’s recent successes and growth curve, Koziel said, “Our recent growth and success has come primarily from a high level of accomplishment, trust and mutual respect we’ve earned from our customer base. Every day we judiciously work toward maintaining a ‘Yes We Can!’ attitude with our customers.” Koziel says Eagle has “implemented an attitude of communication and accountability throughout our company by talking to our Teammates as people and not just employees, and by making sure everyone knows our goals and the commitments we’ve made to our customers. To that end, accountability doesn’t mean management has to continually look over the shoulders of our Teammates. Instead, our Teammates look out for each other and make sure everyone is working toward the common goals of our company.” Koziel concludes, “Our growth and success comes from implementing an attitude of respect and achievement throughout our company, a commitment to working together and doing things right, and an enthusiastic approach to meeting the goals of our company and our customers.” <br /> <br /> In looking at the company’s successful business model, Eagle Technologies Executive Vice President & Owner, Jay Craig, explains, “Our customers are expecting shorter and shorter deliveries. We are growing our in-house capabilities to meet their expectations. We are doing what it takes to hit delivery dates and provide world class equipment.” In order to meet those rigid customer expectations, Eagle has invested in new, high-tech CNC machining centers with automated multi-tool changers to keep up with the fast growing pace. As a result of the ever-increasing demands of hungry industry sectors, Eagle is also looking to attract, hire, and retain 30 more highly-skilled employees in the year ahead. In addition to utilizing more than 110,000 square feet under roof spread across three buildings, Eagle is making improvements all across its Bridgman campus in the form of landscaping upgrades, new computer servers, computer work stations, and improved lighting for the future of the world class automation machine builder. <br /> <br /> Brandon Fuller is Vice President of Sales & Marketing. He says, “By deploying new software to streamline our engineering and workflow, we can provide our customers with the latest technology in 3D designs and concepts in less time.” He adds, “We can provide our customers with ways to automate their processes and provide them with automation to be more profitable. <br /> <br /> It was barely a year ago that Old National Bank of Benton Harbor was cutting the ribbon on a substantial makeover of what had been for years a Bank of America branch on M-139 in front of the Fairplain Plaza. Now, the bank is one of 36 branches that the parent corporation will either sell, consolidate or close in the near future. In the case of the Benton Harbor branch it will either be closed or consolidated by mid- May. That branch is one of 10 Indiana branches, two Michigan branches and one Kentucky facility targeted for resolution by mid-May. Not so lucky are six other locations due to be closed outright or consolidated by mid-March. That list includes the Adrian, Michigan branch. <br /> <br /> The remaining 17 bank branches impacted by the recent announcement in Evansville, Indiana where Old National is headquartered, will be sold. Delivery of the news came woven into the bank’s fourth-quarter and year-end earnings release and subsequent discussion in a conference call with financial analysts. Bob Jones is President & CEO of Old National. He said that in each case the locations targeted for sale, consolidation or closure were not performing well enough financially or were in a market that no longer matches the target demographics sought by the financial institution. He told analysts during the call, “I think it’s a prudent thing to never be wedded to any particular branch, any particular market.” A dozen branch locations in Southern Illinois are part of an agreement Old National has entered into to be sold to First Mid-Illinois Bancshares headquartered in Mattoon, Illinois. That institution operates nearly three dozen banks in 23 Illinois communities. Locations impacted by the sale are in Carbondale, Carmi, Carterville, De Soto, Harrisburg, Lawrenceville, Murphysboro, Marion, Mount Carmel and Mount Vernon. Indiana-based MainSource Bank, which currently boasts 80 branches in Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and Ohio, will acquire Old National’s only Ohio branch as well as four branches in Eastern Indiana in a separate deal from the First Mid-Illinois transaction. <br /> <br /> MainSource is headquartered in Greensburg, Indiana. Both of those deals will require regulatory approval and will likely close in the third quarter of the year. Not mentioned at all in discussions today and seemingly safe for now are Old National branches at Cleveland & Hilltop in St. Joseph, on North Kalamazoo Street in Paw Paw, and on South 11th Street in Niles. Besides the Benton Harbor closure or consolidation due by mid-May, the branch at Constantine, Michigan is also targeted for disposal. Most of the Old National Banks in Michigan were just acquired from Bank of America in the first half of 2013, and the Benton Harbor branch underwent a substantial makeover now barely a year old. Old National officials have said that expectations are that gains from the sales to First Mid-Illinois and MainSource will offset costs of the 19 closures and consolidations.<br /> <br /> If you count yourself among the pizza lovers who preferred the take-and-bake style of Papa Murphy’s Pizza of Benton Harbor, you love affair came crashing to an end on Valentine’s weekend. Sunday marked the last hurrah for the two-year old restaurant in the Fairplain Plaza. Owner Sandy Stern of Niles says there just wasn’t enough business to continue to sustain the franchise operation. Stern originally launched the restaurant two years ago, opening over the Easter weekend, and while there were times when the place was busy here and there, in the final analysis, the pace of action was simply no longer sustainable and the place ceased operations at the close of business last Sunday, February 15th. The shop was located next to Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, at 1040 E. Napier Avenue, in the Fairplain Plaza, and was exclusively a take-out operation, where buyers started with dough made in the store daily and then topped with real mozzarella, hand-sliced vegetables and butcher-quality meats to your custom specifications. You would then take the fully topped pizza home to your own oven and bake it fresh for delivery to your dinner table. The nationwide chain was rated Best Pizza Chain in America by the publication Zagat in 2011 and 2012 and by the 2010 National Restaurant Chains Survey. The lease has ended, and the restaurant has closed.<br /> <br /> He is a key figure from American history. He has played a critical role in headline-grabbing events on the other side of the world. He has held combat leadership roles in more than 400 combat missions in four different theaters of war. And he’s coming to help the Lakeshore Excellence Foundation’s $600,000 fundraising campaign to bring 21st Century Learning Centers to the students of Lakeshore Public Schools. His name is Robert O’Neill...and he is one of the nation’s most highly decorated Navy SEAL Combat Veterans. He will be center stage at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center on Thursday, April 9th to share his message...his mantra...of “Never Quit.” O’Neill was a team leader with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, deployed more than a dozen times as a highly trained Navy SEAL, leading the military’s most elite and involved in our nation’s most important campaigns. With most of his career shrouded in a classified cloak of secrecy, O’Neill was the man on the ground we have never heard of but know exists. He was one of the quiet professionals performing the most difficult tasks in the most difficult circumstances, serving his remarkable career in the shadows and keeping America safe in the process. In his line of work, instant, critical decision making is an absolute necessity for success, and he has proven experience in exceptionally high-risk and fluid environments. <br /> <br /> Having trained more than 800 special operations and tactical operators, O’Neill brings this unique expertise and translates his elite SEAL team training into high-impact, actionable insights on leadership, decision making, operating in uncertain environments, and how to become the “best of the best.” Armed with his mantra of “Never Quit,” which he is certain is the most important factor in determining success, he reminds us that the servicemen doing the dirtiest work are often making the hardest sacrifices. A limited number of tickets will be available for the general public through the Lakeshore Excellence Foundation and its website at the link found here. You can also contact the Mendel Center Box Office at that link, or call 269-429-1254 for Sandy. Tickets are just $25 per person, with proceeds going to the Foundation. J. C. Anderson is Chair of the Lakeshore Excellence Foundation. He says, “The campaign for 21st Century Learning Centers is dedicated to bringing the libraries and media centers in each of the five Lakeshore Public Schools into the 21st century to prepare students for college and their future careers where collaboration will be a key to success.” Anderson, who is a retired Whirlpool exec, points out that the three major components of the drive will redefine the space, update the technology, and install adaptable furniture. <br /> <br /> The Foundation literature for the campaign says that 92-percent of Michigan schools receive more funding than Lakeshore, so they work diligently to help fill the gap. You have the opportunity to help fill the gap while meeting and listening to a true American hero right here on the homefront in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Here is a link to the Foundation’s website for tickets: http://www.lefonline.org Here is a link to the Mendel Mainstage website for tickets: http://www.lmcmainstage.org<br /> <br /> LMC’s Community Education team is offering course that may be beneficial to the small business community. Bob Jones is facilitating a two-hour session to explain the opportunities and demands of small business ownership, from business planning and financing to launch and long term stability. Bob has assisted more than 100 companies across the region, including three of his own and has served as a commercial lender. You have two occasions in which to catch his offer: Wednesday, March 11th at M-TEC in Benton Harbor and again on Wednesday, April 15th at the Bertrand Crossing Campus. The classes run from 6-8pm and the fee is $39. To register, simply call 269-926-6832.<br /> <br /> Here’s a heads up for avid bowlers who like to help others. The 16th Annual Soup Bowl to benefit the Soup Kitchen will be held at Kelley’s Bowl on Sunday, March 29th at 2pm. If you’ve participated before, you know what a fund event it is. The lanes are filling up fast, but they are still looking for a few more teams of four bowlers each. Your $30 fee gets you two games, shoe-rental, a door prize ticket and food. They have a lot of great door prizes already lined up including a brand new Whirlpool Washer-Dryer combo, gift cards to your favorite area restaurants and a lot more. If you’d like to register a team or donate to this great cause, call Debbie at 269-313-0688.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, folks. Have a great weekend and we’ll see you again Saturday right here in MailMax. Please shop local, first. There’s more here than you know!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Morning Radio Personality<br /> WSJM Radio<br /> moody@wsjm.com<br /> (269) 925-1111

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