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SOUTHWEST S MICHIGAN M AUTOMOTIVE A MARKETPLACE M ECRWSS Local Postal Customer SPECIAL PULL OUT SECTION October 10, 2015 Paper. News Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on October 10, 2015 Volume 16, Ver. 41 Moody on The Market M oody Pat Cornerstone Alliance Chief Operating Officer Greg Vaughn is justifiably proud of his crew for the expert work they did in securing a sizable expansion project for the community after catching wind of Pero Family Farms’ desire to establish a fresh-cut vegetable processing center somewhere in the North Central or Northeastern United States . Working with company officials and assisted by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation , Vaughn and the Cornerstone team steered the company to a near-ly $3.6-million expansion in the Meadowbrook neighborhood of Benton Charter Township . Vaughn says that Pero’s massive distribution center and cold storage facility at Meadowbrook & Yore will host the multi-million dollar expansion project, beating out sites in Pennsylvania, New York and potential other sites in Michigan . He’s especially excited over the fact that a large part of the building will be converted to fresh-cut vegetable processing and shift to a year-round facility instead of the sea-sonal nature of business at that site over the past ten years. Thanks to the partial-conversion and substan-tial capital investment in new equipment, the 50 or so seasonal workers will now become full-time, year round employees and roughly 75 new jobs will come on line over the next three years as the center builds momentum. Pero Family Farms Food Company Chief Operating Officer Joe Powell joined Vaughn in front of the Benton Charter Township Board recently seeking a tax abatement on their investment in the community. The board grant-ed a 50-percent, 10-year abatement on taxes that would otherwise come due on the $850,000 cost of retrofitting some 24,000 square feet of the distribu-tion center into a food processing center. The remaining $2.7-million investment will be for bag-ging, baling, snipping machines and other tools of the trade for the fresh-cut vegetable processing operation. Thanks to Michigan’s action to eliminate personal property taxes, the equipment faces no taxation to abate. Vaughn says that the build-out process will take some 12 to 14 weeks, and the spe-cialized equipment is due on site within about 20 weeks. A renovation contractor has been identified to begin the work shortly. Interestingly, the fresh-cut processing will be able to operate year-round, utiliz-ing produce from local and regional farms in our growing season, and will ship in produce from Florida and southern states during the winter sea-sons, keeping the center humming most of the year. Alfonso Chavez is General Manager for the Pero facility in Benton Township. He tells Vaughn that the physical footprint of the large center at Yore & Meadowbrook will not change, as all retrofitting is captured inside the existing walls with some new walls being erected to accommodate the processing center. Pero Family Farms Food Company is a sales, marketing and distribution group and part of the agricultural corporation headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida . The company was founded in 1908 in Western New York by Sicilian immigrant Peter Vinyl Replacement Windows and Patio Doors by Polar Seal (Excludes labor & materials) 25 % off * Made in Michigan for our Michigan Climate! • Tilt-in windows for easy cleaning ‡)UHHHQHUJ\HIÀFLHQWORZHPLVVLRQ glass with argon gas • FREE no-pressure estimates • Locally owned and operated your money stays in the community • Choose from 8 different exterior colors DQGZRRGJUDLQLQWHULRUÀQLVKHV *Discount applies to list price. Special valid on new orders only. Previous sales and estimates excluded. Minimum 4 window order. Does not apply towards basement hopper windows. Expires 11-30-15 5275 Red Arrow Highway • Stevensville • 269-428-4464 • www.midwestglass.com Winter Hours: Mon-Fri 8-5:00 Visit Our Facebook page for other offers! 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 Inserts & Promotions • Martins Super Markets •Hardings Friendly Market • Jets Pizza • McDonald’s • Great Clips • Pater True Value Inserts may vary by Zip Code Continued on page 10

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Cornerstone Alliance Chief Operating Officer Greg Vaughn is justifiably proud of his crew for the expert work they did in securing a sizable expansion project for the community after catching wind of Pero Family Farms’ desire to establish a fresh-cut vegetable processing center somewhere in the North Central or Northeastern United States. Working with company officials and assisted by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Vaughn and the Cornerstone team steered the company to a nearly $3.6-million expansion in the Meadowbrook neighborhood of Benton Charter Township. Vaughn says that Pero’s massive distribution center and cold storage facility at Meadowbrook & Yore will host the multi-million dollar expansion project, beating out sites in Pennsylvania, New York and potential other sites in Michigan. He’s especially excited over the fact that a large part of the building will be converted to fresh-cut vegetable processing and shift to a year-round facility instead of the seasonal nature of business at that site over the past ten years. Thanks to the partial-conversion and substantial capital investment in new equipment, the 50 or so seasonal workers will now become full-time, year round employees and roughly 75 new jobs will come on line over the next three years as the center builds momentum. Pero Family Farms Food Company Chief Operating Officer Joe Powell joined Vaughn in front of the Benton Charter Township Board recently seeking a tax abatement on their investment in the community. The board granted a 50-percent, 10-year abatement on taxes that would otherwise come due on the $850,000 cost of retrofitting some 24,000 square feet of the distribution center into a food processing center. The remaining $2.7-million investment will be for bagging, baling, snipping machines and other tools of the trade for the fresh-cut vegetable processing operation. Thanks to Michigan’s action to eliminate personal property taxes, the equipment faces no taxation to abate. Vaughn says that the build-out process will take some 12 to 14 weeks, and the specialized equipment is due on site within about 20 weeks. A renovation contractor has been identified to begin the work shortly. Interestingly, the fresh-cut processing will be able to operate year-round, utilizing produce from local and regional farms in our growing season, and will ship in produce from Florida and southern states during the winter seasons, keeping the center humming most of the year. Alfonso Chavez is General Manager for the Pero facility in Benton Township. He tells Vaughn that the physical footprint of the large center at Yore & Meadowbrook will not change, as all retrofitting is captured inside the existing walls with some new walls being erected to accommodate the processing center. Pero Family Farms Food Company is a sales, marketing and distribution group and part of the agricultural corporation headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida. The company was founded in 1908 in Western New York by Sicilian immigrant Peter pero, whose 10-year old son would bring their crops to the train station by horse-drawn wagon. Four generations later, the company is still family-owned and family-farmed. In addition to corporate headquarters in Delray Beach, and the distribution and processing center in Benton Township, the company also has operations in Omega, Georgia as well as sites in Texas and Tennessee.

An award-winning pizza king is about to return to the Benton Harbor market where he spent more than 35-years hand-crafting his amazing recipes for hungry diners. The excitement is palpable among the growing cadre of fans who are learning by social media of his impending arrival in the front lot of the Fairplain Plaza. Joseph “Joey C” Capozio has been creating mouth-watering pizzas, subs and pasta since his teen-aged years and he’s delighted that his fans are re-connecting for the upcoming Joey C’s Pizzeria Pasta & Subs at 1835 M-139 in Benton Harbor, the former long-time home to the Benton Harbor Dairy Queen which closed up shop just about a year ago. After taking his show briefly to Florida for about a year-and-a-half, Joey grew anxious to return to the homestead and after hiring on with Jack & Becky Traughber at their Panel Room in Hartford for the past 2-and-a-half years, he’s decided it’s time to do something more focused on his personal destiny and that of his spunky mother Darlene. In fact, as a nod to the devotion he has to his mom, Joey has selected the corporate name of “Darlene’s Retirement,” and says he hopes it will help to “get her off of her feet” a bit more often to enjoy her golden years. Joey says that after decades of hand-crafting his award-winning pizza, his recipes are all firmly entrenched in his head, and even the folks at the Panel Room have been denied access to the special ingredients and measurements needed to recreate his signature dishes. Joey is currently in the process of renovating the former DQ site and hopes to be open for business as a Take-Out Only operation “sometime in November.” He will have three to four employees in the beginning and hopes to be able to add more and potentially include delivery service when things get settled in. He anticipates being open six days a week, likely with a Monday closing, and plans to offer subs and pizzas for lunch and dinner on weekdays, typically until about 9pm, with later hours on the weekend. Pastas will initially be offered only during dinner hours, but, “if the people want pasta often enough to offer it at lunch... we’ll add it there, too.” Joey is a professional baker as well, having learned a great deal from a stint he served with Panera in St. Joseph. His pizza-making is legendary however, and in fact earned him a $7,500 cash prize and even more in cooking gear back in 2008 when his pizza was named the #1 Pizza in America in professional competition in Ohio. He is especially grateful to the Traughbers and their Panel Room patrons for getting him back home and position to help mom get off of her feet. Stay tuned for official opening information on the forthcoming new Joey C’s Pizzeria Pasta & Subs in the front lot of the Fairplain Plaza, Benton Harbor.

If you’re like a kid in a toy store and you’d like to relive that grand adventure literally every day, Bill & Claudia Vescolani have just done you one of the biggest favors in the history of your world. They are ready to sell you one of the most beloved stores in all of Michigan’s Great Southwest...just in time for the Christmas holiday season. It’s The Toy company! That is huge, considering they could have worked through the upcoming season and then put then store on the market. Instead, they are ready to step away and allow you to prosper in a key season by taking the reins ahead of the season. After a long and profitable run in the city’s central business district, the Vescolani’s have decided to step away from the Toy Company to fully enjoy retirement. The entrepreneurial duo, who were previously educators in the Benton Harbor Area Schools, opened the popular specialty toy store at 505 Pleasant Street in the summer of 1986. They quickly outgrew that space and expanded into 300 State Street, the current home of the South Bend Chocolate Company. The store moved to its current location at 208 State Street when its owners purchased the building in 1999. The staff at the Toy Company have seen many fads come and go, including the Beanie Baby craze and a run on WebKinz, while remaining the community’s source for timeless favorites like Playmobil, Thomas the Tank, and Melissa and Doug. According to the owners, the store has always aimed to provide “kid-powered” toys that develop skills, confidence, creativity, and curiosity. Claudia says, “We’ve had so much fun watching families grow up with the Toy Company over the years. We hope to find new owners who will have many ideas for making it an even more popular destination for family fun.” The sale will include the established name, website, social media accounts, current inventory, and all shelving and equipment. The Vescolanis will retain ownership of the building, which has three apartments on the second floor. Anyone who is interested in learning more should contact Claudia Vescolani at 269.449.2179. You might want to act fast, however, inasmuch as there are a lot of toy lovers out there who share that great dream of once again being a kid in a toy store at Christmas -- every day!

One of the oldest law firms in the region has taken on a new partner by merging his legal practice into their own, creating a new name in the process. The St. Joseph Law Firm of Bittner Hyrns Daly Riemland & Racht, PC has announced their merger with Craig P. Jennings of Jennings Law, PC effective, Monday, September 14, 2015. The newly created firm is now called more simply, Bittner Jennings Attorneys. The firm will maintain offices in the current office at 610 Ship Street in downtown St. Joseph. Bittner’s crew has been serving the needs of individuals, families and business entities in Michigan’s Great Southwest for more than 100 years with a tradition of prudent legal strategies and superior results. Both firms are excited to grow their practice through this merger, believing that a larger organization will allow the legal team to provide a wider array of services. Both Bittner Hyrns Daly Riemland & Racht and Jennings Law share the same tradition of excellent service, deep expertise, and an environment their clients and associates want to be a part of. With an experienced team of attorneys and a seasoned staff of legal assistants, the new Bittner Jennings Attorneys will offer integrated services for individuals, families and businesses in the areas of estate planning, real estate, probate law, civil litigation, and family law. From the simple to the most complex of issues, both individuals and businesses are assured by the Bittner Jennings team that they have the experience and expertise to obtain successful results for clients. These are some of the areas of expertise in-house at Bittner Jennings Attorneys: Trusts & Estates…Taxation Law… Family Law…Litigation, Civil Mediation, Collection Law…Municipal Law… Guardianships & Conservatorships…Labor & Employment Law…Banking & Commercial Law. The Bittner Jennings Attorneys are strategically focused and relationship driven. Their website shares key articles that can help in the research of key issues in problems of law, including pieces on director and officer liability, initial public offerings of corporate stock, the service of process, statutes of limitations, bank account co-ownership myths, special conditions in a will and other similar materials. Learn more about the merged firms at this link: www.BittnerJennings.com

A major recycling event recently at Silver Beach County Park proved to be an “overwhelming success” according to the woman who certainly ought to know. Jill Adams is Environmental Property Manager for the Berrien County Parks & Recreation Department. She says the turnout was exceptional, and she reports that many participants at the Silver Beach event asked about other items and services such as document shredding, and other types of recycling. The Silver Beach event focused on electronics, batteries and chemicals. The Berrien County website can identify recycling resources online by clicking this link: www.berriencounty.org/recycle. You also have another opportunity to recycle and safely dispose of unwanted household chemicals and medical waste, recycle electronics, and have personal documents safely shredded coming up. The next stop is next Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Southeast Berrien County Landfill Recycle Center which is located at 3200 Chamberlain Road in Buchanan. Interested Berrien County residents can take items to that recycling event running from 8:00am until noon on Saturday, October 17th. It will mark the final, County-sponsored community recycling collection for the year. The website above can show you a complete list of accepted items, as well as a full list of other, local recycling options for many of these materials.

That’s it for this week, folks. Have a great weekend…remember to shop locally for your Halloween decorations and parties, tail-gate events, and other occasions. We’ll see you next Saturday right here in MailMax…and online 24/7 at www.MoodyontheMarket.com.

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

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