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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer See Our Ad on Page 13 April 23, 2016 Paper. News Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on April 23, 2016 Volume 17, Ver. 17 Moody on The Market M oody Pat 3728 Choices (And that’s just all the tile) Sounds like a LOT of tile designs? You’ll find choosing easy. You’ll see the one that’s you . We don’t know which one that is so we stock many. After all, other people want unique floors too. Select your floor and all tile from the U.S. or Italy or Spain or Brazil or Mexico. You can even take a piece or two to set up in your home to make absolutely sure the color/ shape/size is what you want. Prefer hardwood ? See dozens of natural wood choices, plus wood-look porcelain for sand fighting durability. Carpet ? Full rolls or remnants give you extra soft value with added durability. Come to the place you can see your floor before it’s on your floor. The thousands of choices get you a floor to be proud of. A n aluminum extrusion company in Niles will under-go a major expansion project in the coming year, investing $18-million in a new state-of-the-art aluminum extrusion line which is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2017. The AACOA Division of Bonnell Aluminum already sports what is arguably the most technologically advanced aluminum extrusion and fabricating facility in the world, but it’s getting even better and more advanced with this new project and additional capacity. Bonnell itself is a subsidiary of Tredegar Corporation , headquartered in Richmond, Virginia . Bonnell is anchored in Newnan, Georgia . Brook Hamilton is President & General Manager of Bonnell Aluminum . He says, “With continued growing demand from our customers, it is exciting to invest in this additional capacity, knowing that we will satisfy these opportunities with the high quality products and services that AACOA is known for in the industry.” He adds, “Our facility in Niles is ideally suited for this project, with a well-run operation and a great team in place.” Ira Endres is Vice President of Sales & Marketing . He says, “AACOA has a solid market reputation and is highly regarded as a leader in the markets it serves, primarily con-sumer durables and machinery and equipment. The facility also serves the automotive market due to its regional location.” Endres says, “It makes sense to increase the capacity in Niles based on demand from our customers.” The new line will be comprised of a state-of-the-art 3600-ton extrusion press, housing a 9-inch container, handling systems and ancillary equipment. Capacity is estimated at approximately 16 million pounds. The project also includes additional floor space to accommodate future value-added fabri-cation capacity. AACOA was established in 1972 and the current 157,000 square foot facility in Niles, with 3.7-acres under roof, launched opera-tions in the fall of 1998 and is capable of handling several million pounds of aluminum each month. The plant is located in the Bertrand Crossing Technical Park at 2005 Mayflower Road just southwest of the Bertrand Crossing Campus of Lake Michigan College . The company has about 220 full time employees and continues to grow. The Niles project marks another important invest-ment made by the company in recent years and confirms once again Bonnell’s full commitment to its business. Hamilton says, “The addition of this new line will provide new and broader prod-uct line capabilities for our customers.” Bonnell Aluminum produces soft and medium-strength alloy aluminum extrusions for building and con-struction, automotive, machinery and equipment, consumer durables, transportation, electrical and distribution markets. On October 1, 2012, Bonnell Aluminum acquired AACOA, a world-class man-ufacturer, fabricator and anodizer of aluminum extrusions with operations in Niles and a 117,000 square foot anodizing facility built in 1991 in Elkhart, Indiana. Handmade tiles let you create Tile • Stone • Carpet • Area Rugs • Hardwood • Glass Tiles • Laminate Flooring 269.925.2900 www.FloorArtWorld.com Be proud of your floor. 2467 S. M139 Benton Harbor 1/4 Mile N. of I94 Exit 28 Located in the former Tile Mart Building M,T,W,F 9-5, Thursday 9-7, Saturday 10-3 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 • Tractor Supply • Save-A-Lot Inserts may vary by Zip Code Continued on page 6

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An aluminum extrusion company in Niles will undergo a major expansion project in the coming year, investing $18-million in a new state-of-the-art aluminum extrusion line which is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2017. The AACOA Division of Bonnell Aluminum already sports what is arguably the most technologically advanced aluminum extrusion and fabricating facility in the world, but it’s getting even better and more advanced with this new project and additional capacity. Bonnell itself is a subsidiary of Tredegar Corporation, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. Bonnell is anchored in Newnan, Georgia.

Brook Hamilton is President & General Manager of Bonnell Aluminum. He says, “With continued growing demand from our customers, it is exciting to invest in this additional capacity, knowing that we will satisfy these opportunities with the high quality products and services that AACOA is known for in the industry.” He adds, “Our facility in Niles is ideally suited for this project, with a well-run operation and a great team in place.” Ira Endres is Vice President of Sales & Marketing. He says, “AACOA has a solid market reputation and is highly regarded as a leader in the markets it serves, primarily consumer durables and machinery and equipment. The facility also serves the automotive market due to its regional location.” Endres says, “It makes sense to increase the capacity in Niles based on demand from our customers.” The new line will be comprised of a state-of-the-art 3600- ton extrusion press, housing a 9-inch container, handling systems and ancillary equipment. Capacity is estimated at approximately 16 million pounds. The project also includes additional floor space to accommodate future value-added fabrication capacity. AACOA was established in 1972 and the current 157,000 square foot facility in Niles, with 3.7-acres under roof, launched operations in the fall of 1998 and is capable of handling several million pounds of aluminum each month. The plant is located in the Bertrand Crossing Technical Park at 2005 Mayflower Road just southwest of the Bertrand Crossing Campus of Lake Michigan College. The company has about 220 full time employees and continues to grow. The Niles project marks another important investment made by the company in recent years and confirms once again Bonnell’s full commitment to its business. Hamilton says, “The addition of this new line will provide new and broader product line capabilities for our customers.” Bonnell Aluminum produces soft and medium-strength alloy aluminum extrusions for building and construction, automotive, machinery and equipment, consumer durables, transportation, electrical and distribution markets. On October 1, 2012, Bonnell Aluminum acquired AACOA, a world-class manufacturer, fabricator and anodizer of aluminum extrusions with operations in Niles and a 117,000 square foot anodizing facility built in 1991 in Elkhart, Indiana.

Even as his 92-room Marriott Springhill Suites Hotel continues to race towards completion, developer Sam Sandia is clearing land right next door on Cinema Way in Benton Harbor for another new lodging facility, a Staybridge Suites from the IHG group, including Holiday Inns. When complete, the property will bring to more than 800 the total number of hotel and motel rooms with access to Exits 28 and 29 off of I-94 in Berrien County. As was the case in his site plan for the Springhill Suites Hotel facility, Sandia’s development team will appear before the Zoning Board of Appeals in future days to seek a height variance, presumably to match the 4-floor property at Springhill Suites, and according to Benton Township Building Inspector Tom Baldwin, he also will need site plan approvals from the Benton Charter Township Planning Commission and eventually the approval of the Benton Township Board of Trustees as well. Cinema Way will have three lodging facilities within yards of one another with the 92-room Springhill property, the 106-room Hilton Garden Inn across the street, and an expected 90-to-100 rooms at the Staybridge Suites site, although there was no immediate indication as to how many rooms are planned for that site. At the head end of Cinema Way where it melds into Mall Drive there are also 98 rooms at the recently renovated Best Western Hotel which was formerly a Courtyard by Marriott until it changed hands. Next door to that are the Days Inn with 52 rooms and the Red Roof Inn with 108 more. Also at the Pipestone Road interchange with I-94, which is Exit 29, there are 78 rooms at the Holiday Inn Express of Benton Harbor, 62 rooms at the Comfort Suites of Benton Harbor, and 88 rooms at the Motel 6 in front of Home Depot. At Exit 28 there is also the America’s Best Value Inn with 108 rooms. That property is best known as the former Ramada Inn. Also new to the market and nearing completion this summer is the 87-room Fairfield Inn & Suites on Red Arrow Highway. The amazing impact of tourism on Michigan’s Great Southwest is readily evident in the building boom for lodging facilities with increasing interest in the destination attractions of beaches, parks, golfing, fishing, antique hunting, wine trail touring, craft breweries, festivals, fairs, public art, indoor and outdoor music venues, and beyond. While there is no known timeline for the new Staybridge Suites Hotel on Cinema Way, the removal of trees and underbrush pretty will indicate that they hope to put shovels in the ground sooner rather than later. Stay tuned.

A couple of years ago, it was not at all uncommon for Lance Hazen, Garrett Rabbers and Luke Frobel to cross paths as many as twenty times a day while they conducted their individual lawn care and snow plowing services around Michigan’s Great Southwest. They all knew one another in some form or another from previous employment. Once they realized that a little coordination, collaboration, and teamwork could easily result in substantial efficiencies for their client bases and better use of their own resources, an informal confederacy was formed that clients have grown to know and love. Hazen is the owner and operator of Hazen Lawn Care & Snow Plowing of Stevensville. Rabbers owns Rabbers Property Management of Stevensville, and Frobel owns Luke’s Lawncare of St. Joseph. Yes, essentially they are competitors, but they are also friends who discovered about three years ago that the old saw, “many hands make light work,” is an absolute truism. For the last three years, the three companies have collaborated to get the right team, the right equipment and the right resources on the job to speed major projects along much to the delight of the ultimate client, the home or business being serviced for lawn care, landscaping, snow removal and beyond. Hazen has been in business for about 16 years with his business after a decade of service with Consumer’s Concrete Company. Rabbers took over the family business at Rabbers Property Management from his retired father Tom. They have been in business for some 27 years now. Luke is the “new kid” on the block, in business for about three years and putting the finishing touches on his Michigan State University Horticulture Landscape Design, Construction, and Management curriculum. He took over for his grandparents, Phil & Lorraine Frobel. A recent morning was a prime example of the cooperation the three companies enjoy with one another. Instead of a single truck pulling in and out of their Chelsea Path neighborhood to service the mulch at their sizable estate, a Stevensville family watched the small army assembled by all three companies converge for delivery of more than 50-yards of mulch, and the subsequent task of putting that mulch in place around trees, foundation plantings and other parts of the sprawling yard. Garrett tells me that instead of one company taking perhaps up to a week to accomplish that sizable task, the three team crew will have the job done in a day or two, creating less hassle for the home owner, quicker response to the job, and the ability for each team to move on to the next job they have lined up, whether it is together or in separate forays into the region. Collaborating in close geographic proximity for mulching, landscape maintenance, lawn care, and snow removal has become an increasingly regular thing for all three firms. They still all maintain their separate businesses, but whenever they can sync up clients and schedules, they’ll do it, much to the delight of clients who get the work done in a more timely manner. During the winter season, each team has individual clients, but will sometimes need specialized equipment that only one of them may have in their inventory to get the job done effectively. By way of example, one unit has a large blade plow that works especially well in wide open commercial parking lot situations, while some residential plowing in tight quarters calls for a much smaller vehicle to make the snow go away. All three agencies are currently working on spring clean ups, thatching, mulching and other projects following what Rabbers calls a “pretty light winter workload.” With spring weather up and down the temperature scale they haven’t done a lot of mowing yet, but expect that to ramp up exponentially as warmer weather arrives. Here are links to each business if you are interested in pressing them into action at any time: www.hazenlawncare.com/ • www.rabberspropertymanagement.com/• www.facebook.com/lukeslawncareservices/?Fref=ts.

Fourteen members of the Korean War Veterans of Southwest Michigan will be on a flight to Washington, D.C. today, Saturday, April 23rd. This flight is provided by Talons Out Honor Flight-Michigan, a not-for-profit organization, headquartered in Portage, at no charge to the veterans. Talons Out is the Southwest Michigan hub for the national Honor Flight Network. The mission of Talons Out is to transport veterans who served in World War II, the Korean War, and terminally ill veterans from all wars to Washington, D.C. to see their memorials and other sites. In order for Talons Out to achieve this goal, guardians fly with the veterans on every flight, providing assistance and helping veterans have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience. These flights are one “long day” in duration. As an example, for today’s flight veterans had to be at the Kalamazoo Airport at 5:30 this morning and will return at 8:15 this evening. This flight will be Talons Out seventh flight since their inception in 2013. They have served 435 veterans on the previous six flights, and there will be approximately 70 on this flight, including veterans from more than a dozen counties in our area. All of this is accomplished by nearly one hundred volunteers and through the generous support of corporate and individual giving. Why Talons Out? Because the co-founders and directors believe when a soldier takes their oath, they don’t take it for two, four or even twenty years. It is a part of who they are for the rest of their lives, and no matter their age the “soldier” in them is at the ready to defend and protect.

Let your golf game go – to the dogs and cats! Pebblewood Country Club, featuring the only covered bridge in our area, and with several ponds and lakes, is a great backdrop for the 2nd Annual Animal Aid Golf Scramble. Set for Sunday June 12th, with an 8:00 am Shotgun Start, teams are starting to form. Your $50 entry fee includes golf and cart, lunch at the turn, a welcome gift, dinner afterwards, and trophies for First and Last Place teams, Men’s and Women’s Longest Drive, and other events to benefit Animal Aid. Arrive by 7 am to get registered – carts loaded – and ready to play. The event is a Scramble format, so the day is sure to be enjoyable for all golfers! In the event of rain, the event will be held on July 17th. The event has been generously underwritten by corporate sponsors including Cressy & Everett Real Estate, United Federal Credit Union, Brittison Financial Group, Signature Automotive Group, Sunset Coast Veterinary, Mason Jar, and Coffey ReMax Real Estate. Animal Aid of Southwestern Michigan is a 501(c) (3) non-profit animal rescue organization started in 1979. To register for a day of fun, contact Mike at 269-235-5969 (poppanewt@ gmail.com) or Josh at 269-277-3527 (joshhatheway@ gmail.com). If you want to register with less than 4 players, contact Mike and he’ll pair you up with other fun golfers! Organizers are capping this event at 25 foursomes – so get your entry in so you don’t miss out! Make a difference for animals while having a great time outdoors and enjoy Pebblewood’s hospitality!

That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great week. See you Saturday here in MailMax!

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

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