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Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

You know you’re doing things right when your company continues exponential growth year after year. But, when other companies come to you to strike a deal and you end up buying them out and adding to your portfolio, that’s golden. Such is the case for Fred and Paul Grams and their team at Sun Coast Packaging, Inc. Sun Coast has acquired the business and assets of Grand Rapids-based Shapiro Packaging, giving them additional product lines and customers as they continue to grow their business of solutions for flexible packaging clientele across the nation. Sun Coast began business out of a warehouse in downtown Baroda more than 20 years ago, and has continued to grow with their expertise in the industry and attention to customer service. They moved operations to Sodus a couple of years ago expanding from some 5,000 square feet in Baroda to more than 300,000 square feet. They also have warehouse operations elsewhere in Michigan, as well as in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Mississippi and Oregon. Shapiro Packaging was a privately held company headed up by Michael Shapiro who took the reins in 1993. He reached out to the Grams family a couple of months ago, in search of “the right partner to take over” the company. He says he likes that “Sun Coast is a family- owned and operated company,” that “shares the same core beliefs” as his own firm. Fred Grams is President of Sun Coast Packaging. In a company statement he said, “Shapiro Packaging has a highly experienced staff, an excellent customer base and established partnerships with top vendors.” With regard to the deal, Fred adds, “This acquisition will allow us to expand on product offerings to our current customer base as we strive to be the premier supplier of flexible packaging requirements.” According to company officials on both sides of the equation, current Shapiro employees will be retained by Sun Coast, and the operations in Grand Rapids will continue. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Sun Coast provides bags and packaging for multiple industries including food industry products for dairy, flour, sugar, spices, batter mix, and nutritional additives...the horticulture industry for potting soil and peat moss...the chemical industry...the landscaping industry for decorative rock & stone packaging, mulch and more...even municipalities for lawn and leaf bags and sand bags for flood control. Additionally, they work extensively in the pet and animal food industries, feed & seed applications, beans, grains, and more. Other users for Sun Coast materials are metal and foundry businesses, plastics, polypropylene and polyethelene resins, fertilizer sellers and the like. Even retailers use Sun Coast for products like wine totes, t-shirt bags, and reusable shopping bags. Sun Coast Packaging headquarters offices are located at 4125 Pipestone Road in Sodus, and they are members of the Textile Bag and Packaging Association. Shapiro has been an expert in poly propylene woven bags, produce bags for the food industry, and many products for the retail packaging industry from shopping bags to packaging containers for medicine and food. Learn more about Sun Coast and their expertise by clicking the link below to their newly update website: www.suncoastpkg.com

What do you get when you take the granddaughter of an Italian Baker who becomes an award-winning floral arts designer and finds a creative outlet in mixing the two? In Lynn D’Amato’s case you get LynnD’s Truffle CakePops...a small business enterprise that has been wowing parties, corporate events, individuals and more for a year now. Lynn says the kitchen never closed at her home and under the tutelage of her grandfather, she learned how to bake. Meanwhile, her mom was a well-respected florist with her own shop in town, so after Lynn completed Floral Design School in Chicago...she began to vent her creativity through floral arrangements at the Harbor Country Florist. After raising two boys into men and seeing them off to the military, she became a “Blue Star Mom,” and eventually a member of the Board of Directors for the “Support Our Troops” organization. That was when she witnessed first-hand the emotional response that home-made baked goods had on the troops. Now, she puts it all together in a product fit for young and old alike... and something that tastes as great as it looks. Her amazing Truffle CakePops can be boxed, or better yet, arranged into a veritable bouquet for delivery. Lynn launched her new business one year ago and is now marking her first anniversary at it. She worked through trial and error to arrive at her recipe for a truly delicious truffle cakepop. While working at Whirlpool Corporation, she started off bringing samples for co-workers and friends. Now she’s knocking down corporate orders and working hard to grow the business even larger. Back in January, she gave a friend who had a booth at Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s Wedding World a cakepop wedding cake along with samples to draw brides into his booth. Less than 45 minutes after the show closed orders began rolling in. She has produced guest gifts for the Susan B. Komen Pink Tie Ball event, has arranged for dozens of birthdays, holidays, baby showers, weddings and other corporate events. She's done all sorts of specially- themed events with one-of-a-kind creations based on characters, movies, stories and beyond. You can learn a great deal more about LynnD's Truffle CakePops online at her website by clicking the link below. I've had them on several occasions and can attest to their delightful design, flavor, and the impact they have on those who see and try them. Call her at 269-921-3745 or click the link for more: www.LynnDsCakepops.com

A medical career spanning more than three decades turns out to be delightfully punctuated by an outright passion for pretty plates and more. In fact. Dr. Prudy Barrett Nelson's personal collection of vintage china and glass tableware over the years has led her to creating a whole new venture so that you can share her passion...if only for a party or other such event. When Dr. Prudy stepped back from long hours in her St. Joseph pediatric practice a few years ago, she also escalated her hobby of collecting. Then she came to the realization recently that her grand array of finery is far more than she and her husband, retired Berrien County Judge Tom Nelson, could possible enjoy alone. Thus was launched My Mother's Attic Vintage China & Tableware Rental. The good doctor says her mother had exquisite taste, and in addition to passing on her overflowing china cabinet, she inherited her mother's love of acquiring fine things. Realizing that the collection had surpassed her wildest imaginings it is clearly time to share the treasures with others. Now whether you're looking to host a bridal shower for ten people, a high tea for 75 or a full wedding reception for 300, My Mother's Attic has the finery necessary to create a festive and vintage look for you. On her website, which you can see by clicking the link below, Dr. Prudy says with rare exceptions the pieces in her collection are, like her, "more than 50 years old." She says there are many names you will recognize like Haviland, Limoges, Nippon, Noritake, Lenox, Fostoria, Depression glass, Carnival glass and the like...there are many you wouldn't recognize, as well. Most of the collection is fine china with a few pieces of beautiful, hand-painted, American pottery popular during the 40's and 50's added in. She notes that some of the newer patterns have a retro feel, and one even offers a beautiful grape pattern — perfect here in wine country. Take a look at some of the collection, and learn the rules on how you can rent pieces for virtually any event on her webpage below. You can also friend her Facebook fan page and see even more and get ideas for events of your own. Dr. Prudy's venture is a home-based business near Singer Lake outside of Baroda and you can reach her by phone for additional information at 269-930-0617. The good doctor has not hung up the stethoscope for this new venture. She tells me she is highly appreciative of patients and families including the children of children she has seen over the years for having honored her with their trust for more than 30-years, and even though her own body has been giving her a few problems the last couple of years, she holds out hope that she be practicing medicine for decades more. Here's the link to My Mother's Attic Vintage China & Tableware Rental: www.mv-mothers-attic-swmi.com/

If pink is your color, your time is at hand. October has arrived and it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month across America. Locally, we've been seeing the proliferation of pink shared in social media, on posters around town, in fashion and styles, and it will ramp up from here. Ongoing efforts to Paint Our Towns Pink began with posters showcasing Real Men who Wear Pink, then got kick-started over the past weekend with the 6th Annual Play Fore Pink Golf Outing at Lake Michigan Hills Golf Club, and up next are the 5th Annual Walk for Pink beginning at the Silver Beach Center tomorrow, Sunday, October 4th, and the sold out celebration of a ladies' night out with the Little Black Dress Party on Thursday, October 7th at the Shadowland Ballroom. More than 200 people have filled that event to capacity and it is sold out. Registration is continuing, however, for the Walk for Pink which includes a 5K Walk/Run and a Family Fun Walk all getting underway with on-site registration at 12:30pm tomorow with a race time of 2pm. The event begins at the Silver Beach Center below the bluff in St. Joseph and includes a 5K run and walk along the shores of Lake Michigan as well as a 1-mile Family Fun Walk. All participants in the Walk for Pink will receive a Susan G. Komen Michigan t-shirt and breast cancer survivors will be awarded a participation medal. New to the event this year will be the Pink Out Zone and Bubble Zone. You can also enjoy the Family Fun House including a bounce house, dunk tank, face-painting, crafts and more. Izzy the Pink Firetruck will be present to see and sign, courtesy of "Pink Heals" Clay Fire Department of Indiana. Registration fees are $20 for adults and $10 for children under the age of 10, and 75-percent of the money raised stays right here in the community, funding local breast health programs. The remaining 25-percent goes toward breast cancer research. If, by chance, the weather turns bad, the Walk for Pink & Family Fun Fest will be held indoors at the St. Joseph High School Fieldhouse at 2521 Stadium Drive in St. Joseph. The 5th Annual Walk for Pink is sponsored by the Cook Nuclear Plant, Indiana Michigan Power, United Federal Credit Union, LeValley Chevrolet Buick GMC and 97.5, Y-Country Radio. For additional information or to register online, click the link below or call 269-341-4209. Here's the link: www.KomenMichigan.org/Walk4Pink

If you find yourself southbound on M-139 today and there seems to be an inordinate amount of traffic traveling with you, chances are excellent either you or they (or all of you) are headed to the 36"1 Annual Chapel Hill Arts & Crafts Show on the Berrien County Youth Fair Grounds in Berrien Springs. The mammoth and popular show runs from 8am until 4pm today, Saturday, October 3rd, for a simple $2 admission fee, and all parking is free. Sponsored by the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Sodus, the juried show features more than 280 exhibitors and annually draws around 7,500 people in its one-day-run. Craftsmen of all stripes will showcase their wares for sale, food vendors will keep you from running out of gas, and proceeds help the church fulfill its community mission every year. Check it out for yourself, it's a must-see event for craft lovers everywhere.

Pancake lovers get a big dose of their favorite fare next Saturday, October 10th when the Kiwanis Club of St. Joseph-Benton Harbor hosts its Fall Pancake Day at the Whitcomb Senior Living Residence at 509 Ship Street in downtown St. Joseph. From 8am until 12:30pm next Saturday just $5 gets you a great pancake celebration and proceeds fund Child & Family Services, Safe Shelter for Domestic Violence, College Scholarships, and Key Club operations at Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, Lakeshore and Lake Michigan Catholic High Schools. Thanks to the Country Kitchen of Benton Harbor for the pancake ingredients, and to Hardings Supermarket in St. Joseph for the donation of paper products.

That's it for this week, kids. Have a great week and we'll see you Saturday right here in MailMax!

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

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