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Ashley Lawson looks across the plastic injection molding machine at her ruggedly handsome dad and says, “We’re a small company doing amazing things for some amazing people.” That eloquently sums up the life and times of Engineered Polymer Products of Eau Claire. Most people likely miss the building entirely even if they’re in the vicinity because far and away the majority of the traffic onto Eureka Road off of M-140 turns the opposite direction on the way to fun times at Treemendus Fruit Farms a short distance away. Lawson and her father, Bob Dorstewitz, who founded the company in 1980 after he ventured onto his own after working for his father’s Coloma-based Tru-Point Products, are a hidden gem in the manufacturing community of Michigan’s Great Southwest. Every year they crank out millions of parts for all sorts of industries from giants like Whirlpool Corporation to places like Church Tackle of Sodus and Fruit Picking Equipment Company of Paw Paw who only places an order for about 3,000 nylon straps once a year. The crew at Engineered Polymer Products is especially excited at the moment because of a contract they’ve earned that is placing their handiwork directly onto the shelves of some 1,200 Lowes home improvement stores and is advancing now to Home Depot as well. Dorstewitz and his talented daughter, who even created a sidebar office chair business several years ago, have been working on the home improvement project since the first of the year, and since April they have cranked out nearly three-quarters- of-a-million pieces that could one day soon make your own life considerably easier. Bob is working with companies like Hubbel, Raco, and Taymac to get generic replacement light switch and electrical outlet covers into the marketplace for do-it-yourself folks who don’t want to, or need to, incur the expenses of hiring an electrician for their project. Essentially, we all see our white or ivory light switch and outlet covers become discolored or faded with age. Over the years, we’ve either replaced simply the face plate, or the entire electrical piece. If it’s simply discoloration you’re facing, and you only change the faceplate, you’re often left with an actual switch or outlet that still has discolored plastic involved. The new Lowe’s Revive kits being manufactured by Engineered Polymer Products in Eau Claire allow you to cover everything when you take off the face plate leaving everything totally refreshed or “revived!” The program has a huge upside potential as more and more homeowners discover this ingenious new solution, as more stores add the products into inventory, and as additional retailers add the program to their own line-up.

Dorstewitz is especially proud of the fact that he has worked closely with other local companies to create the new product line. Dura Mold of Stevensville provided more than a quarter-million dollars-worth of molds for 7 tools used to make the cover plates. Fabco of Buchanan helped in the early process with packaging and shipping, but Dorstewitz now performs the packaging on-site and ships using boxes from Blossomland Container of Benton Harbor. His labeling comes from an Elkhart company and he gets bags and screw regionally to complete the self-contained replacement kits which then get shipped to South Bend and Phoenix for distribution to individual stores when inventory is added. The parts are made in Eau Claire at the Engineered Polymer Products facility when plastic resins in pellet form are placed into the plastic injection molding machines, heated to some 500 degrees, and poured into the tooling molds created by Dura Mold. New pieces emerge within halfa- minute as the machines continue to crank out single outlet covers, double outlet covers, triple outlet covers and single, double and triple switch covers as well as dual switch/outlet panels. The parts are then placed into pre-printed poly-bags along with the screw-packs and then boxed for delivery to warehouses. The inventors of the product had Lowes so excited they wanted to have products on the shelf immediately, but it takes a while to ramp up production on an entirely new product line. Nevertheless, Dorstewitz and his vendors managed to condense what should have been about a 10-month process and had product shipping in 3-month’s time. The company makes a plastic filter ring for a filter bag company in Chicago that keeps one machine running almost around the clock with trucks departing several times a week to deliver the parts to the Windy City, producing literally millions of parts. Bob & Ashley are equally proud of the work they do for Bill Church at Church Tackle on Hillandale Road in Sodus, whose fishing lure and tackle products are widely distributed to Cabela’s, Gander Mountain Sports, Bass Pro Shops and others. They make products like the planer boards for Church Tackle and are delighted at the success of Bill Church. Ashley lights up like a Christmas tree when she brags about the nylon straps they produce for Fruit Picking Company of Paw Paw. For 33-years they have been making nylon straps used by apple pickers in orchards across the nation. Bill Mach at Mach Mold in Benton Harbor created the tool for the strap’s creation. The Paw Paw company says that steel-welded o-rings hold the nylon strap to a picker’s belt. Apparently, never in the history of the straps has a strap broken. Even the steel o-rings have snapped their welds, but the straps have proven to be invincible. That’s why the company only places one order a year for 3,000 new belts...they simply sell to new buyers...never to somebody needing a replacement. The amazing little company is, in fact, doing some amazing things for a lot of other amazing people, and they are doing it with pride-filled hearts every day, right here in Michigan’s Great Southwest.

There’s nothing worse than dreaming up an ingenious Halloween Costume only to search frantically through closets, trunks, the attic and basement storage bins in search of all the right pieces to top it off, and still come up virtually empty-handed. Fear not! (Unless you’re going for the truly frightening look!) Your friends at the Twin City Players are riding to your rescue. As you might suspect, the playhouse can be a veritable cornucopia of costume ideas, even if you just need a few pieces and parts.

Even better is when you can go in and find the perfect ensemble from head to toe. The Players are hosting their 19th Annual Halloween Costume Sale, beginning today, Saturday, September 26th and running through October 3rd. The big event, which has become a family tradition for some local families, will feature pre-assembled Halloween outfits for everyone in the clan from infants to children, from teens to adults. Complete outfits are available at reasonable prices as has become the custom. The Halloween Costume Sale will take place at the TCP Studio, which is the building directly behind the main playhouse located at 600 West Glenlord Road in St. Joseph. Here’s when you can expect the TCP costume sellers to be “in the house” to assist with your search: today, Saturday, September 26th from 9am until 4pm…Monday through Wednesday, September 28th through the 30th from 4pm until 8pm…Thursday & Friday, October 1st and 2nd from 9am until 4pm…and Saturday, October 3rd from 9am until 4pm. If you have questions, you can learn more by calling 269-429-0400 or by clicking this link: www.twincityplayers.org. The Twin City Players were formed in 1932 and represent one of the oldest continuously operating community theaters in all of Michigan. The organization is a volunteer- based non-profit, striving to be recognized for excellence with an abundance of resources, producing irresistible, quality performances in Southwest Michigan. New members are always welcome.

For some, it’s pure admiration of interior design excellence...for some, it’s simple curiosity for how the other half lives...and for the rest, it’s ongoing support of musical excellence in Michigan’s Great Southwest for our Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. Whatever reason underlies your fascination, the Symphony League certainly hopes to see your smiling face among the masses joining their Annual Symphony League Architectural Home Tour this weekend. The League’s Home Tour is a longtime, favorite among local events, and it is slated for tomorrow, Sunday, September 27th from noon until 6pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on tour day. This year’s tour showcases seven homes, clustered for ease of access by convenient drive times. This year’s line-up is even more varied than usual, ranging from a pocket- sized gem to architectural masterpieces with spectacular interiors, masterful landscaping and must-see gardens. As an added bonus, the tour offers a surprise -- a stunning harbor view. The event, as has become tradition, supports the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, which is considered to be one of the nation’s premier regional orchestras. Advance tickets can be purchased online at the link below under the Special Events tab, or at Crystal Springs Florist and The Christmas Tree in Benton Harbor, in St. Joseph at the Southwest Michigan Symphony Office, St. Joseph Today, Harbor Town Interiors, Tara Florist, and Roger’s Foodland, in Stevensville at The Flour Shop, and in New Buffalo at The Villager. On Tour Day, tickets can be purchased at The Inn at Harbor Shores, or from any of the seven homes. For additional information, feel free to contact the Symphony Office at 269-982-4030. The link for tickets is also below:www.smso.org

As families raced here and there through the busy summer season, often times they set aside some of the priorities in life in order to squeeze in a quick vacation or simply spend more time with loved ones. Now that some of the order and structure of life has returned to the homefront with kids back in school and routines back on schedule, the crew at Michigan Blood hopes that you will find time to Give the Gift of Life by donating your blood. To make that task even easier, your friends at United Federal Credit Union are cranking up the promotion machine to help draw attention to the never- ending need for blood. With their service to hospitals at the top of priorities, Michigan Blood collects more than 120,000 blood donations each year at nine permanent donation sites, including the one on Cleveland Avenue in St. Joseph. They also host more than 3,700 mobile blood drives throughout the state each year, including one every day next week at different United Federal branches. Michigan Blood is a member of America’s Blood Centers, a network of community blood banks spanning North America that together provide half of the U.S. blood supply. They are a non-profit organization providingblood to more than 40 hospitals across the state. Here’s where you will find the Michigan Blood mobile bus each day next week: Monday -- September 28th -- 10am to 2pm at St. Joseph…Tuesday -- September 29th -- 10am to 2pm at Benton Harbor… Wednesday -- September 30th -- 10am to 2pm at Stevensville…Thursday -- October 1st -- 10am to 2pm at Niles South…Friday -- October 2nd -- 10am to 2pm at Berrien Springs. You can register to donate by clicking this link (which will also give you the street address in each case): www.unitedfcu.com/giveblood.

Baby boomers are aging at an alarming rate. Nearly 7,000 adults turn 65 every day. Many will be faced with increasingly difficult decisions regarding their own care into the future. Fortunately, organizations such as Home Sweet Home In-Home Care continue to emerge onto the scene to help answer questions such as “Will I have to give up my independence and be placed into a nursing home?” Home Sweet Home In-Home Care was founded due to the great need for quality, compassionate home care for the elderly and disabled populations. In fact, the company has grown to the degree that they have opened a new office in St. Joseph and are ready to welcome visitors to showcase their team, their story, and their capabilities. Next Thursday, October 1st, Home Sweet Home In-Home Care is hosting a Grand Opening Celebration at their new home alongside Pater True Value Hardware in Royalton Township. The new, considerably larger, headquarters is at 4032 M-139 in Suite 132. From 10am until 3pm that day you are invited to meet the office staff and the caregivers, too. There will be snacks, drinks and a door prize as well. Home Sweet Home In-Home Care is designed to give elderly clients the ability to stay in the comfort of their own home where memories are made and the sense of safety and security are strongest. Care can be provided for on an hourly basis, around the clock, overnights, or even utilizing live-in care providers. You can reach them by phone if you have questions at 269-849-9252. Home Sweet Home In-Home Care provides service to Berrien, Cass, Van Buren and Kalamazoo Counties in Michigan’s Great Southwest

That’s it for this week. See you Saturday right
here in MailMax!

Pat Moody
Morning Radio Personality
WSJM Radio
moody@wsjm.com
(269) 925-1111

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