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What Do You See? Special contest! ws Pa per. Ne Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com artsy Fartsy Column on page 10 to enter, see the Photo of the Week -Page 2 November 27, 2010 Volume 11, Ver. 48 Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 manufacture of sophisticated mobile print-ers. This new class of printer is capable of wireless communication, thereby allowing on-site citation printing for law enforcement officers, point-of-service receipts and invoic-ing, in-warehouse on-the-spot labeling, and many retail applications. In fact customers of Printek now span the globe, including the police force in Rome, Italy…the Argentine National Traffic Enforcement Corps…and leading tobacco retailers in northern Europe. Printek’s reputation as an important exporter from Michigan is grow-ing as a result. Julie Payovich , who has been with the company for more than 23 years, is President. The Executive Vice President is Russ Corace who has been with them 11 years now, and Tom’s son, Chris Yeager is the HR Manager, marking 22 years with the firm now. Statistics show that less than 5% of all U.S. companies actually reach the 30-year milestone, and that per-M oody Pat T hirty years ago this month, Thomas Yeager elected to set aside his career with Heath Corporation in St. Joseph to launch his own business that he was convinced would be a burgeoning sector – computer peripherals. He convinced sev-eral of his colleagues to join him in creating Printek of Benton Harbor on November 10, 1980. While Tom continues to serve as the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, he is now semi-retired. Some of the colleagues who joined him in the formation of Printek those 30 years ago are still active with the company today. The fledgling company advanced nicely from a handful of techies to as many as 120 employ-ees at one time. Just as it did for others, the recent recession took its toll along the way, and Printek was not totally immune to its ravages. Nevertheless, the company has sur-vived and is thriving once again…still housed in the same building where it all started those 30-years ago. Tom and his crew will tell you that they gave birth to the company to capitalize on the young, but growing personal computer industry…knowing that all those desk top devices would clearly need other peripherals such as printers. Rather than get into the low-end commodity ranks of personal desk top printers, the crew at Printek set their sights on more advanced business applica-tions…and as a result grew into one of the leaders in high-speed, ultra-durable printing for industrial and back-office settings. In fact, the customer list at Printek over the last three decades includes significantly notable names including virtually every domestic and foreign auto manufacturer; Avis Rent-A-Car Company, American Airlines, Caterpillar Company, United Parcel Service, DHL Logistics, Graybar Electric, Bax Global, Roto-Rooter, Hughes Industries and many more. The company has also been a major vendor to various branches of the U.S. Government. As soci-ety has become increasingly mobile, and technologies have changed…Printek has neatly adapted to expand into the design and Continued on page 12 centage plummets in the critical electronics sector which is so heavily dominated by the Pacific Rim. Printek has done a remarkable job of weathering the storms, and can stand justifiably proud of their 30th anniversary in business. The company is still located to this day at 1517 Townline Road in Benton Harbor. Congratulations, folks! Here’s to continued growth and success for all of you! With any luck, Printek’s good fortune will be replicated around the state in the coming year. In fact, the University of Michigan’s Annual Economic Forecast is calling for overall job growth in the state of Michigan for the first time in more than a decade. While the projected gains are expected to be modest with about 25-thou-sand jobs being added, it is certainly a wel-come change from the projected losses dat-ing back to 2001. A more robust projection of 63-thousand new jobs is forecast for 2012 in Michigan. You can play a significant role in the -success of local businesses and this great state of ours this weekend. With the arrival of the holiday shopping season, please think twice before you load up your cash into a bushel-basket and haul it off to other com-munities and especially before you haul it off to other states. I realize that you can’t find everything that you want on the local scene. I also know that there is fun and adventure in shopping in the bright lights, big city feel of larger malls and markets. I will simply encourage you to consider the concept to Shop us First! There’s more here than you know. When you take your cash to other states lock-stock-and-barrel, they get the tax receipts…they enjoy the profits…and you damage the opportunity of the local economy to survive. This is a gigantic shop-ping weekend. Shop locally first. Thanks. You also have the opportunity to help an energetic local mom who has worked her way into the Top 20 Finalists in a national contest . Please take a look at the story of Meagan Francis of St. Joseph. Meagan is the mother of five young children who is also an author, blogger and writer. She pub-lishes an online Blog called The Happiest Mom. You can find it online at www.thehappiestmom.com. Her book by the same name is due out in April in con-junction with Parenting Magazine. The national blogging contest Meagan is involved in is called the SAM-e Good Mood Gig. She successfully emerged from Round 1 out of hundreds of submissions, and is now engaged in Round 2. A combined effort MailMax is a publication of Far like Ahead Advertising, Inc. by a between voters you and rankings Continued on page 14 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 ® Shown: Cookie Dough Concrete Mixer Based on purchase at regular menu price. Please no substitutions. Not valid with any other o er. Value 1/200 cent. Limit one coupon per person per visit. Valid only at participating Culver’s ® r e s t a u r a n t s . Expires 01/03/11. CFSI -11/10 POSTMASTER: Please deliver on October 23, 2010 Inserts & Promotions Martin’s Super Market Harding’s of St. Joseph Ace Hardware Pater True Value Automotive Market Place Phone: 269.934.7522 FAX: 269.934.3297 email: publisher@farahead.com www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax Postal Customer

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Pat Moody<br /> <br /> Thirty years ago this month, Thomas Yeager elected to set aside his career with Heath Corporation in St.Joseph to launch his own business that he was convinced would be a burgeoning sector – computer peripherals. He convinced several of his colleagues to join him in creating Printek of Benton Harbor on November 10, 1980. While Tom continues to serve as the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, he is now semi-retired. Some of the colleagues who joined him in the formation of Printek those 30 years ago are still active with the company today. The fledgling company advanced nicely from a handful of techies to as many as 120 employees at one time. Just as it did for others, the recent recession took its toll along the way, and Printek was not totally immune to its ravages. Nevertheless, the company has survived and is thriving once again…still housed in the same building where it all started those 30-years ago. Tom and his crew will tell you that they gave birth to the company to capitalize on the young, but growing personal computer industry…knowing that all those desk top devices would clearly need other peripherals such as printers. Rather than get into the low-end commodity ranks of personal desk top printers, the crew at Printek set their sights on more advanced business applications… and as a result grew into one of the leaders in high-speed, ultra-durable printing for industrial and back-office settings. In fact, the customer list at Printek over the last three decades includes significantly notable names including virtually every domestic and foreign auto manufacturer; Avis Rent-A-Car Company, American Airlines, Caterpillar Company, United Parcel Service, DHL Logistics, Graybar Electric, Bax Global, Roto-Rooter, Hughes Industries and many more. The company has also been a major vendor to various branches of the U.S. Government. As society has become increasingly mobile, and technologies have changed…Printek has neatly adapted to expand into the design and Manufacture of sophisticated mobile printers. This new class of printer is capable of wireless communication, thereby allowing on-site citation printing for law enforcement officers, point-of-service receipts and invoicing, in-warehouse on-the-spot labeling, and many retail applications. In fact customers of Printek now span the globe, including the police force in Rome, Italy…the Argentine National Traffic Enforcement Corps…and leading tobacco retailers in northern Europe. Printek’s reputation as an important exporter from Michigan is growing as a result. Julie Payovich, who has been with the company for more than 23 years, is President. The Executive Vice President is Russ Corace who has been with them 11 years now, and Tom’s son, Chris Yeager is the HR Manager, marking 22 years with the firm now. Statistics show that less than 5% of all U.S. companies actually reach the 30-year milestone, and that percentage Plummets in the critical electronics sector which is so heavily dominated by the Pacific Rim. Printek has done a remarkable job of weathering the storms, and can stand justifiably proud of their 30th anniversary in business. The company is still located to this day at 1517 Townline Road in Benton Harbor. Congratulations, folks! Here’s to continued growth and success for all of you!<br /> <br /> With any luck, Printek’s good fortune will be replicated around the state in the coming year. In fact, the University of Michigan’s Annual Economic Forecast is calling for overall job growth in the state of Michigan for the first time in more than a decade. While the projected gains are expected to be modest with about 25-thousand jobs being added, it is certainly a welcome change from the projected losses dating back to 2001. A more robust projection of 63-thousand new jobs is forecast for 2012 in Michigan.<br /> <br /> You can play a significant role in the success of local businesses and this great MailMax for Michigan’s Great Southwest State of ours this weekend. With the arrival of the holiday shopping season, please think twice before you load up your cash into a bushel-basket and haul it off to other communities and especially before you haul it off to other states. I realize that you can’t find everything that you want on the local scene. I also know that there is fun and adventure in shopping in the bright lights, big city feel of larger malls and markets. I will simply encourage you to consider the concept to Shop us First! There’s more here than you know. When you take your cash to other states lock-stock-and-barrel, they get the tax receipts…they enjoy the profits…and you damage the opportunity of the local economy to survive. This is a gigantic shopping weekend. Shop locally first. Thanks.<br /> <br /> You also have the opportunity to help an energetic local mom who has worked her way into the Top 20 Finalists in a national contest. Please take a look at the story of Meagan Francis of St. Joseph. Meagan is the mother of five young children who is also an author, blogger and writer. She publishes an online Blog called The Happiest Mom. You can find it online at www.thehappiestmom.com. Her book by the same name is due out in April in conjunction with Parenting Magazine. The national blogging contest Meagan is involved in is called the SAM-e Good Mood Gig. She successfully emerged from Round 1 out of hundreds of submissions, and is now engaged in Round 2. A combined effort between voters like you and rankings by a Panel of judges will determine the ultimate winner of $30-thousand dollars, a new laptop computer and a 6-month writing contract. The nice part is that voting is a simple click.<br /> <br /> No registration is required, you don’t have to plug in your e-mail address or anything. Just go to the site and vote for Meagan by clicking your mouse. You can vote once per day per IP address. Point your browser to her website and click on the voting link on the sidebar or you can go directly there by going to: http://www.sam-e.com/job/entries/36. Voting will continue until December 10th. Pretty cool! Good luck, Meagan…and nice work on the blog site!<br /> <br /> If you just don’t have the money or resources to host your own office holiday party this year, the good folks at Shadowland on Silver Beach are ready to step up to the window to help out by hosting your cast and crew as a part of The World’s Biggest Small Office Party wherein your office and other small offices across the region share resources to celebrate together. You have two fine options: a Holiday Lunch on December 9th at 11:30am or a Holiday Dinner on December 10th at 6:30pm. The best part of the deal is the Shadowland elves handle all the decorations and details allowing your team to just enjoy the festivities. Reservations will be accepted through December 6th, by calling 982-8500. You’ll have your own section of the ballroom set aside for your associates, while other companies and organizations have their own reserved sections as everyone enjoys one large party together. Incidentally, if you would like to host your own private party of anywhere from 50 to 300 people on another date, the Shadowland crew can handle arrangements for that, as well.<br /> <br /> Speaking of parties…the next Art Hop from the New Territory Arts Association in Benton Harbor will be cause for celebration for Scott Elliot’s New Moon Gallery. That Gallery will re-open for business during the Art Hop on December 10th. It will relocate to the space at 70 W. Main Street (the corner of Pipestone and Main) in the space that for the past several months has hosted the Berrien County Democratic Party Headquarters. What an amazing turnaround for Benton Harbor from the first opening of New Moon. Back then, Elliott had a tough time lining up a caterer for his opening. He finally asked a hot dog vendor to work the event, guaranteeing the sale of at least 300 hot dogs and promising to pay the difference if he fell short. The man sold out completely, and even left with a photo of renowned film critic Roger Ebert enjoying a hot dog from his stand. A photographic retrospective on the growth of the Arts District will be showcased along with live music, wine, cheese, art and antiques. Wine will also be showcased this coming Saturday, December 4th during the Annual Holiday Open House at The Round Barn Winery, Brewery & Distillery at 10983 Hills Road in Baroda. The Man in Red will make his standard appearance while you shop for locally produced beer, wine and spirits. The kids can get engaged in cookie decorating, the construction of paper snowflakes, and ornament design. Learn more online at www.roundbarnwinery.com.<br /> <br /> There will be a lot of holiday spirit from now through Christmas during the Annual Holiday Glass Sale at the Water Street Glassworks in the Arts District. You’ll find a grand array of functional and decorative glass art created by students and faculty of the school, warm up on the catwalk and watch glass ornaments and other objects being created right before your eyes, while enjoying great seasonal flavors of gelato next door at Water Street Gelato Works. You’ll find the Glassworks open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am until 5pm… Tuesday and Thursday from 10 until 6…Saturdays from 10-til-5 and Sundays from noon until 5pm. All proceeds from the sale help fund programming there.<br /> <br /> Next Saturday, December 4th, stop by The Orchards Mall for a Holiday Fashion Show featuring styles from the Deb Shop, Man Alive, Epoch Style, Rainbow and others with a start time of 1pm that day. The Mall invites all men to turn out for a Men’s Special Shopping Night on December 15th…and, naturally, visits to Santa Claus throughout the season.<br /> <br /> My friends at Animal Aid (where my best buddy Chuck got a new lease on life several years ago) hope you will join them this coming Saturday, December 4th, from 11am until 2pm for their Annual Holiday Open House. The event has a new home this year at The Whitcomb, at 509 Ship Street in St. Joe. Pets and their human friends are welcome both before and after the big Reindog Parade which steps off at noon downtown. You’ll find refreshments, craft and bake sales, a silent auction, and several animals hoping to find their Forever Homes. It’s always a great party…and if it wasn’t for that grand event, we never would have connected with Chuck, the finest little dog in the world! Hope to see you there after the big parade from St. Joseph Today.<br /> <br /> From the e-Mailbag: Pat…I just wanted to thank you so much for last week’s column. I could not figure out how you knew about this, but finally got it out of Winn. Although you went way above and beyond what he even expected, I just want you to know how much I appreciate it. The fashion show went great, and getting home and reading your column was a nice ending. You know your column is the local bible (everyone reads it!).I already have received calls from new clients for holiday outfits because of what you wrote. So, just a huge thank you!!!! Have a great Thanksgiving weekend. Angie Wolf, ABO Apparel. Happy to share the word about your great talents, Angie!<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week kids…have a great week, shop locally and we’ll see you next Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Executive Vice President of<br /> Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce<br /> pmoody@cstonealliance.org<br /> <br />

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