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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer L VE A GOOD DEAL? Sign up before February 29, 2016 and pay no joining fee! racbh.com | 269.927.1129 Paper. News Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on February 13, 2016 February 13, 2016 Volume 17, Ver. 07 Moody on The Market 0 RRG\  3DW  T here’s nothing like a blustery cold winter’s day, when a good, old-fashioned hand-made quilt is pulled into place to tell you about the exciting new growth for the power team at Accomplish Quilting of Stevensville . Company President Jeff Benedict and his crew will relocate this spring to the building that was home for decades to Schneck’s Supermarket and later Dollar General in the Southtown neighborhood of St. Joseph . Having outgrown their space in the former Stevensville Post Office over the past several years, Accomplish Quilting will perform a makeover on the former store at 810 Napier Avenue in St. Joseph after clos-ing on the deal to buy that building last month. The new space will more than quintuple their available work and display space when compared to the build-ing in Stevensville. The Napier site is 13,700 square feet, while the former post office building checks in at 2,612. Jeff tells me, “The limited space where we are has been holding us back from growing, so the new space will be fantastic for growth.” That new growth could include new employees as the business gets bigger. The retail showroom will likely com-prise some 5,000 square feet of the new building, providing lots of room to showcase their premier line of Innova long arm quilting machines as well as trade-ins from folks who have upgraded their sys-tems as they become better at the art of quilting. Accomplish Quilting was founded in 2001 and has become a national leader in the sales and service of long-arm quilting machines. They expanded opera-tions into Goodlettsville, Tennessee a couple of years ago, and now will relocate their corporate headquarters and retail facility to the space just off of Napier and Niles across from the John & Dede Howard Ice Arena and Van’s Pharmacy . Meanwhile, Realtor Pete Jorgensen will be enter-taining inquiries regarding the old space at 2797 Kimmel Street in the Village of Stevensville. The Dollar General store building closed back in June and the property was sold at auction in recent weeks paving the way for this new home for Accomplish Quilting. As one of the largest and most successful long-arm quilting machine sales generators in North America , Accomplish Quilting has built a substan-tial and loyal clientele thanks to not only their expert sales team and talented instructors, but also thanks to a team of technicians that have proven to be sec-ond to none in the industry. Accomplish Quilting has around ten employees on staff. The team at Accomplish Quilting also delivers outstanding train-ing to long-arm buyers and users with free, in-depth demonstrations at the dealership as well as tips, techniques and other information through their online presence and video instruction programming. In addition to being one of the top long-arm equip-ment sellers in the nation, Accomplish Quilting also provides a multitude of accessories and quilting supplies, all quality-tested by their in-house staff or recommended highly be industry professionals, and ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT? ...It Increases the Opportunities for your Children and their Children to live and work here—happily ...Helps Families Increase Their Earning Potential ...Increases Tax Revenue— Providing More Money for Schools and Community Services WHAT IS ...Redevelops Brownfield Sites …Turns the Dreams of Entrepreneurs and Start-Up Businesses into Successful Realities …Opens Our Corner of the World to the Entire World LEARN HOW YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT BERRIEN COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT… 38 W. Wall St. | Benton Harbor, MI 49022 269.925.6100 www.cstonealliance.org info@cstonealliance.org Inserts & Promotions 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 • Martins Super Markets • Hardings Friendly Market • Southwest Michigan Home, Garden & Leisure Show Inserts may vary by Zip Code &RQWLQXHGRQSDJH&#1b;

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There’s nothing like a blustery cold winter’s day, when a good, old-fashioned hand-made quilt is pulled into place to tell you about the exciting new growth for the power team at Accomplish Quilting of Stevensville. Company President Jeff Benedict and his crew will relocate this spring to the building that was home for decades to Schneck’s Supermarket and later Dollar General in the Southtown neighborhood of St. Joseph. Having outgrown their space in the former Stevensville Post Office over the past several years, Accomplish Quilting will perform a makeover on the former store at 810 Napier Avenue in St. Joseph after closing on the deal to buy that building last month. The new space will more than quintuple their available work and display space when compared to the building in Stevensville. The Napier site is 13,700 square feet, while the former post office building checks in at 2,612. Jeff tells me, “The limited space where we are has been holding us back from growing, so the new space will be fantastic for growth.” That new growth could include new employees as the business gets bigger. The retail showroom will likely comprise some 5,000 square feet of the new building, providing lots of room to showcase their premier line of Innova long arm quilting machines as well as trade-ins from folks who have upgraded their systems as they become better at the art of quilting. Accomplish Quilting was founded in 2001 and has become a national leader in the sales and service of long-arm quilting machines. They expanded operations into Goodlettsville, Tennessee a couple of years ago, and now will relocate their corporate headquarters and retail facility to the space just off of Napier and Niles across from the John & Dede Howard Ice Arena and Van’s Pharmacy. Meanwhile, Realtor Pete Jorgensen will be entertaining inquiries regarding the old space at 2797 Kimmel Street in the Village of Stevensville. The Dollar General store building closed back in June and the property was sold at auction in recent weeks paving the way for this new home for Accomplish Quilting. As one of the largest and most successful long-arm quilting machine sales generators in North America, Accomplish Quilting has built a substantial and loyal clientele thanks to not only their expert sales team and talented instructors, but also thanks to a team of technicians that have proven to be second to none in the industry. Accomplish Quilting has around ten employees on staff. The team at Accomplish Quilting also delivers outstanding training to long-arm buyers and users with free, in-depth demonstrations at the dealership as well as tips, techniques and other information through their online presence and video instruction programming. In addition to being one of the top long-arm equipment sellers in the nation, Accomplish Quilting also provides a multitude of accessories and quilting supplies, all quality-tested by their in-house staff or recommended highly be industry professionals, and veteran customers. Accomplish Quilting also fields an army of sales representatives elsewhere in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania as well as their satellite office in Tennessee.

Officials at APL Logistics in Coloma have confirmed that the massive warehouse, distribution center, and food-can labeling operations along Coloma Road in Hagar Township will shut down on June 30, 2016. It’s a facility that has seen continuous operation in one form or another for 50 years. General Manager Steve Mullins, Sr. Of Hartford confirms what several employees told me just days earlier, that the business will cease operations by July 1st, putting some 40 to 50 people out of work. Many of those workers have been employed with APL Logistics or its forerunner Michigan Fruit Canners for 30 years or more. In a “Frequently Asked Questions” or FAQ Sheet prepared in response to our original story, company officials say, “Unfortunately, we were advised by our customer that they would not be renewing the contract for the facility due to changing business conditions.” They add, “While this is certainly not the outcome we would have preferred, we are committed to working with our employees to ensure a smooth transition.” The FAQ Sheet asks about the fate of the employees, and answers, “Our number one priority is the well-being of the staff. We are actively working with local job placement organizations, staffing firms and governmental agencies to provide impacted team members with any needed support.” The statement further notes, “As is customary in an unplanned shutdown, employees will be given the opportunity to apply for and transfer to any APL Logistics site nationwide with available positions. Local opportunities may also be available at the Fennville, Michigan site where various canning and labeling operations are also being conducted.” The APL Logistics facility at 4412 Coloma Road provides a variety of services related to consumer packaged goods, including labeling, packing, warehousing and distribution for Pinnacle Foods. All employees will be offered outplacement services, including job search and resume writing assistance, as well as connections to community job training opportunities. APL Logistics is a global supply chain specialist for companies in the Automotive, Consumer, Industrial and Retail Sectors. The company has a global network covering all major markets; backed by a multinational workforce of about 6,000 people. The company is a member of the Kinetsu World Express Group, a global logistics services provider. North American headquarters for APL is located in Scottsdale, Arizona. APL’s major customer at the Coloma Road facility is Pinnacle Foods, which also has operations in Fennville. Pinnacle is the parent corporation to many household names like Birdseye, Van de Kamps, Log Cabin, Duncan Hines, Mrs. Paul’s, Wilderness, Vlasic, Lenders and Wish Bone. General Manager Steve Mullins, Sr. Himself just began his 33rd year with APL Logistics last month.

From hospitals in search of fresh produce and bakery products to supermarkets and convenience stores in search of craft beers, local wines and other items for their shelves, the upcoming 3rd Annual Pure Michigan Agriculture Summit is being touted by Cornerstone Alliance as a great opportunity for local growers, brewers, winemakers and other business people to connect for sales next month. Rob Cleveland is President of Cornerstone Alliance. He says the upcoming summit being hosted at the Radisson Hotel in Kalamazoo “Is a great opportunity for Berrien County businesses to get in front of these buyers, and develop a relationship that may not have been able to happen without this summit.” Pure Michigan Business Connect and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development have set the date for the 3rd Annual Pure Michigan Agriculture Summit for Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 7:30am until 4:30pm at the Radisson Hotel at 100 W. Michigan Avenue in kalamazoo. It is a matchmaking summit that links I buying Michigan-based companies to Michigan growers and processors. Suppliers are encouraged to review the needs of such buying companies as Meijer, Amway, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, Michigan International Speedway, Harding’s Friendly Markets, Beaumont Hospital, Kroger, the University of Michigan and many others. Cornerstone’s Cleveland says, “We encourage them (local businesses) to review the needs and complete the application process.” Once the application has been completed, the Pure Michigan Business Connect team will review and extend an invitation to those offering the best match for the buyers’ needs next month. Both buyers and suppliers have found these summits to be beneficial. One Michigan-based agricultural supplier at last year’s event compared it to a dating service for farmers and other agriculture- based suppliers. Another supplier shared the fact that they had increased their Michigan-based supply chain by 50-percent after attending the first two summits. The deadline for completing an application is Saturday, February 28th and you can accomplish that task by clicking the link below. At the summit, you will find more than 200 open procurement needs from the buying companies for the event, and all are identified at the application site as well. If you have questions or want additional information, Cornerstone Alliance Business Development Manager Shelley Klug is ready to take your call at 269-757-0227 or by email at sklug@cstonealliance.org. Take a look at the needs list and see the wide range of products being sought by these Michigan companies from Michigan cheese products to packaged beef, from bagels to pasta, from craft beers and wines to organic vinegars, canned fruits and even tortilla chips. Here’s the link for the application process: cstonealliance.org/happening- now/ Once you are on the Happening Now page at Cornerstone, click the PMBC highlighted link for the application and the list of open procurement items needed.

If you are, or know any young person who is, a graduating senior from a Berrien County High School this spring and have demonstrated a strong interest in theater-related activities over the course of your academic career...the crew at Twin City Players may be looking for you. The TCP has announced that application forms for their 2016 Brian Swiger Memorial Scholarship program are now available online. The annual scholarship program honors former Twin City Players member Brian Swiger through financial help dating back to 1996 when the program was first launched. Scholarships of up to $1,000 are earmarked for seniors graduating from Berrien County high schools with a strong demonstrated interest in stage and screen throughout their school years. Winners, however, can use the award money to pursue any field of study at any accredited college, university, trade school or arts education institution. Applications are now available by clicking the link below, and students at all Berrien County high schools wishing to apply can contact their counselors to learn more. Completed applications should be mailed to Twin City Players, PO Box 243, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085 or they can be hand-delivered to the TCP Playhouse at 600 W. Glenlord Road in St. Joseph. Applications must be received no later than March 31, 2016. The scholarship is awarded based upon school and community activities, involvement in the Twin City Players, a grade point average of 2.0 or better and a short essay. Recipient(s) will be announced in late May. The Twin City Players group was formed in 1932 and is one of the oldest, continuously operating community theaters in Michigan. It is a volunteer-based non-profit organization striving to be recognized for organizational excellence with an abundance of resources, producing irresistible, quality performances in Southwest Michigan. Here’s the link to the scholarship application and process: twincityplayers.org/scholarship.html

Members of the Stevensville American Legion Post 568 hope to see your smiling face and hungry appetite next Friday, February 19th for another of their amazing Baseball Fundraiser Dinners. The Post is located at 3093 Johnson Road in Stevensville, and the fundraiser helps support the Stevensville American Legion Baseball Team representing Post 568. Dinner will run from 4:30pm until 7:30pm that night and you have your choice between one of their patented Chicken Dinners or a Shrimp Dinner. The three-piece Chicken Dinner is just $7 per person and the 7-piece Butterfly Shrimp Dinner is just $8 per person. Sides for both dinners include French Fries & Coleslaw. No reservation is necessary, and you can even get your meal as a takeout dinner if you wish. Your support is greatly welcomed, and the Post was delighted to see a record crowd of more than 135 diners for their January dinner date. Baseball Manager Jeff Bradford will be grateful for your ongoing support, and you’ll get a delicious meal out of the deal, so make plans now for Friday night dinner with the American Legion Baseball squad.

That’s it for this week, kids. Happy Valentines Day, and we’ll see you again next Saturday right here in MailMax…or check in anytime online 24/7 at www.MoodyontheMarket.com for updated news every day.

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

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