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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer for 4th of July savings! June 25, 2011 Pa per. ws Ne Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on June 25, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 26 during the Senior PGA events here in 2012 and 2014. For the homeowner, the team at Be Our Guest will offer online promotion, assistance with preparing the property for rent, rental con-tacts, reservation and invoicing services, post-preparation of the home and a 24-hour hotline. For arriving guests, Be Our Guest will offer one central contact for accommodations, transporta-tion arrangements, concierge services, and a 24-hour hotline. They are actively looking for homes to rent now for the championship events, and are already receiving calls. You can learn more about the entire concept online at www.beourguestmi.com. Do you consider yourself a “Michigan Maker?” If you embrace the do-it-yourself spirit and have rolled up your sleeves to create uniquely different things…the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and oth-ers would like to invite you to apply for the chance to show off your gear late next month at The Henry Ford’s Maker Faire in Dearborn. On July 30 th and 31 st a Made in Michigan Tent will showcase Michigan Makers who would like to share their accomplishments with an audience. Event organizers are looking for “Makers” with projects in the areas of Green Tech (like electric vehicles), student projects and class exhibits, music makers, hands on make-and-takes, sus-tainable lifestyles, rockets & robots, unusual tools, machines & techniques, whimsical techni-cal creations, and craft activities. If you are or you know someone who’s been tinkering in the garage, contact Vanessa Bishop Diggs at bishop-diggsv@michigan.org. If you are selected, you will be represented as a Pure Michigan Maker at the Maker Faire. It just could turn out to be your springboard to fame and fortune! Speaking of fame and fortune, Kali Kretchman’s dream to become a graphic design-er just took one giant step closer to reality. Kali has been awarded the $10,000.00 Brian Siewert Artists in Motion Scholarship at Lakeshore High School. Siewert himself termed Kali to be a dynamic, professional young talent with confi-dence, passion and commitment to her dream. She will pursue a Fine Arts degree in the field of packaging design at Michigan State University. This marks the fourth year that Emmy Award Winner Siewert has teed up the scholarship for an outstanding senior at Lakeshore High. Congratulations, Kali! Lake Michigan Breeze…home of the Surfin’ Buffalo… is now into its third season in Hagar Shores. New to the equation this year is the arrival of The Breeze Mart next door, offer-ing groceries, pop, beer, coffee, ice and more. Continued on page 14 Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 Pat L ast week’s news of the impending acquisition of Express-1 Expedited Solutions of St. Joseph and Buchanan could turn into a job-creating bonanza for our region if the plan goes according to strategy. Word came recently that investor Bradley Jacobs and his Jacobs Private Equity group plan to invest up to $150-million dollars in cash into Express-1 which has corporate headquarters on Lake Shore Drive in Shoreham. If the blueprint that Jacobs has outlined becomes reality, as many as 70 employees would be added to the current crew of 30 at Express-1’s Bounce Logistics unit in South Bend over the next few years. More importantly to the Michigan economy, Jacobs’ concept would result in an additional 2-to-3-hundred new jobs in Buchanan, where the cur-rent workforce numbers 120. The Express-1 team also has operations under the Concert Group Logistics in Downers Grove, Illinois, Rochester Hills, Michigan and both Miami and Tampa in Florida. Testimony to the suc-cessful rise of Express-1 was Jacobs’ comment to reporters that “Express-1 is a fine company that is operating very well.” He added, “It’s not a company that needs to get fixed up. It’s got strong operations, its performance has been excellent in good times and bad times, and I just want to rev it up.” Express-1, currently headed up by CEO Mike Welch of St. Joseph , is a non-asset based, third-party logistics provider offer-ing expedited transportation solutions, domestic and international freight forwarding, and premi-um truckload brokerage services to retail, com-mercial, manufacturing and industrial customers. Assuming the acquisition continues, Jacobs would become the majority stakeholder and Chairman of the Board. Jacobs made it very clear that he has no plans to shutter operations or ship them out of the region. Welch tells us that the company is very pleased that Jacobs has decided to make such a significant commitment to advancing the company’s position in the industry, viewing that decision as a strong vote of confidence in the caliber of the Express-1 employees and operations. Jacobs certainly has a track-record of his own, having led four highly success companies, including two multi-billion dollar, publicly traded corporations, United Rentals , the world’s largest equipment rental company, and United Waste Systems, which was sold in 1997 for $2.5-billion dollars as the fifth largest solid waste management business in North America. Any way you line it up, the new Express-1 team looks to be a solid win for Michigan’s Great Southwest in the current blueprint. Stay tuned. M oody On a decidedly much smaller scale, another recent acquisition finds a gentleman by the name of Todd Tysman at the helm of what used to be called Miller’s Lock & Key. The operation is a unique mobile unit that brings Mr. Tysman’s tal-ents right to your front door to handle lock and key solutions for your home or business. Tysman purchased the business lock, stock and barrel (pun fully intended!) from Ron Miller who has retired from the business. Todd is now working around the clock, studying diligently to become a master in the business much as Ron was for more than 40-years on the local scene. The two are working closely together during the transition of the business which, by the way, now goes by the name of Lakeshore Lock & Key. The new phone number to contact Tysman for his skills and talents is 422-2112. The lion’s share of busi-ness at the new Lakeshore Lock & Key will be ongoing handling of residential and commercial lock and key issues, however Todd can also assist with some re-keying for vehicles and assis-tance in the case of some car lock-outs. Congratulations to Ron on his retirement, and best of luck to Todd in his new venture. If you drive a Harley and have been forced to travel for years now to Kalamazoo, South Bend, Michigan City, or Elkhart in order to get service on your ride…there’s good news in the heart of Berrien County. There’s a new shop at the ready in Eau Claire. Michael Reynolds has opened up shop at 2657 Michael Road in Eau Claire under the shingle of DWB Cycle, Southwest Michigan’s only local LASER VISION CORRECTION facility. Incorporated. Reynolds himself has been driv-ing to South Bend for the past 18-years and now he has hired veteran technician Larry Gilson who has been driving to Elkhart for the past decade. The two operate DWB offering acces-sories, parts, service and repairs for primarily the American V-Twin market. They hope to fill a void in the market to keep local bikers from having to travel outside the region for service and parts. You can reach DWB in Eau Claire at 944-1100 to arrange for your Harley service and accessories. Good luck guys…thanks for adding to the local jobs market with two new ones right here at home! They hope to help local homeowners capi-talize on opportunities surrounding the upcoming Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid , but stand ready to aid in a variety of ways at a new enterprise called Be Our Guest. The new agency created by partners Nancy McDonnall, Joan Walters, Bob Walck, Judy Cannan and John Bolger is a home rental service for special events . Their goal is to pro-vide the ultimate guest experience for those visit-ing Michigan’s Great Southwest. McDonnall is the founding partner, and she tells me that they intend to offer a unique list of service for local homeowners and visitors far beyond the typical vacation rental opportunities. They will assist local homeowners who wish to make their home available for guests during special events and year-round as well. They look forward to help-ing corporate clients, event participants, groups and individuals with finding exceptional housing What does that mean? The ophthalmologist that you see preoperatively will be the same one who performs the LASER correction and gives you your post operative care. If you are not eligible for LASER Vision Correction, you may be a candidate for Implantable Collamer Lenses. 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Pat Moody<br /> <br /> Last week’s news of the impending acquisition of Express-1 Expedited Solutions of St. Joseph and Buchanan could turn into a job-creating bonanza for our region if the plan goes according to strategy. Word came recently that investor Bradley Jacobs and his Jacobs Private Equity group plan to invest up to $150-million dollars in cash into Express-1 which has corporate headquarters on Lake Shore Drive in Shoreham. If the blueprint that Jacobs has outlined becomes reality, as many as 70 employees would be added to the current crew of 30 at Express-1’s Bounce Logistics unit in South Bend over the next few years. More importantly to the Michigan economy, Jacobs’ concept would result in an additional 2-to-3- hundred new jobs in Buchanan, where the current workforce numbers 120. The Express-1 team also has operations under the Concert Group Logistics in Downers Grove, Illinois, Rochester Hills, Michigan and both Miami and Tampa in Florida. Testimony to the successful rise of Express-1 was Jacobs’ comment to reporters that “Express-1 is a fine company that is operating very well.” He added, “It’s not a company that needs to get fixed up. It’s got strong operations, its performance has been excellent in good times and bad times, and I just want to rev it up.” Express-1, currently headed up by CEO Mike Welch of St. Joseph, is a nonasset based, third-party logistics provider offering expedited transportation solutions, domestic and international freight forwarding, and premium truckload brokerage services to retail, commercial, manufacturing and industrial customers. Assuming the acquisition continues, Jacobs would become the majority stakeholder and Chairman of the Board. Jacobs made it very clear that he has no plans to shutter operations or ship them out of the region. Welch tells us that the company is very pleased that Jacobs has decided to make such a significant commitment to advancing the company’s position in the industry, viewing that decision as a strong vote of confidence in the caliber of the Express-1 employees and operations. Jacobs certainly has a track-record of his own, having led four highly success companies, including two multi-billion dollar, publicly traded corporations, United Rentals, the world’s largest equipment rental company, and United Waste Systems, which was sold in 1997 for $2.5-billion dollars as the fifth largest solid waste management business in North America. Any way you line it up, the new Express-1 team looks to be a solid win for Michigan’s Great Southwest in the current blueprint. Stay tuned.<br /> <br /> On a decidedly much smaller scale, another recent acquisition finds a gentleman by the name of Todd Tysman at the helm of what used to be called Miller’s Lock & Key. The operation is a unique mobile unit that brings Mr. Tysman’s talents right to your front door to handle lock and key solutions for your home or business. Tysman purchased the business lock, stock and barrel (pun fully intended!) From Ron Miller who has retired from the business. Todd is now working around the clock, studying diligently to become a master in the business much as Ron was for more than 40-years on the local scene. The two are working closely together during the transition of the business which, by the way, now goes by the name of Lakeshore Lock & Key. The new phone number to contact Tysman for his skills and talents is 422-2112. The lion’s share of business at the new Lakeshore Lock & Key will be ongoing handling of residential and commercial lock and key issues, however Todd can also assist with some re-keying for vehicles and assistance in the case of some car lock-outs. Congratulations to Ron on his retirement, and best of luck to Todd in his new venture.<br /> <br /> If you drive a Harley and have been forced to travel for years now to Kalamazoo, South Bend, Michigan City, or Elkhart in order to get service on your ride…there’s good news in the heart of Berrien County. There’s a new shop at the ready in Eau Claire. Michael Reynolds has opened up shop at 2657 Michael Road in Eau Claire under the shingle of DWB Cycle, Incorporated. Reynolds himself has been driving to South Bend for the past 18-years and now he has hired veteran technician Larry Gilson who has been driving to Elkhart for the past decade. The two operate DWB offering accessories, parts, service and repairs for primarily the American V-Twin market. They hope to fill a void in the market to keep local bikers from having to travel outside the region for service and parts. You can reach DWB in Eau Claire at 944-1100 to arrange for your Harley service and accessories. Good luck guys…thanks for adding to the local jobs market with two new ones right here at home!<br /> <br /> They hope to help local homeowners capitalize on opportunities surrounding the upcoming Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, but stand ready to aid in a variety of ways at a new enterprise called Be Our Guest. The new agency created by partners Nancy McDonnall, Joan Walters, Bob Walck, Judy Cannan and John Bolger is a home rental service for special events. Their goal is to provide the ultimate guest experience for those visiting Michigan’s Great Southwest. McDonnall is the founding partner, and she tells me that they intend to offer a unique list of service for local homeowners and visitors far beyond the typical vacation rental opportunities. They will assist local homeowners who wish to make their home available for guests during special events and year-round as well. They look forward to helping corporate clients, event participants, groups and individuals with finding exceptional housing during the Senior PGA events here in 2012 and 2014. For the homeowner, the team at Be Our Guest will offer online promotion, assistance with preparing the property for rent, rental contacts, reservation and invoicing services, postpreparation of the home and a 24-hour hotline. For arriving guests, Be Our Guest will offer one central contact for accommodations, transportation arrangements, concierge services, and a 24-hour hotline. They are actively looking for homes to rent now for the championship events, and are already receiving calls. You can learn more about the entire concept online at www.beourguestmi.com. <br /> <br /> Do you consider yourself a “Michigan Maker?” If you embrace the do-it-yourself spirit and have rolled up your sleeves to create uniquely different things…the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and others would like to invite you to apply for the chance to show off your gear late next month at The Henry Ford’s Maker Faire in Dearborn. On July 30th and 31st a Made in Michigan Tent will showcase Michigan Makers who would like to share their accomplishments with an audience. Event organizers are looking for “Makers” with projects in the areas of Green Tech (like electric vehicles), student projects and class exhibits, music makers, hands on make-and-takes, sustainable lifestyles, rockets & robots, unusual tools, machines & techniques, whimsical technical creations, and craft activities. If you are or you know someone who’s been tinkering in the garage, contact Vanessa Bishop Diggs at bishop-diggsv@michigan.org. If you are selected, you will be represented as a Pure Michigan Maker at the Maker Faire. It just could turn out to be your springboard to fame and fortune!<br /> <br /> Speaking of fame and fortune, Kali Kretchman’s dream to become a graphic designer just took one giant step closer to reality. Kali has been awarded the $10,000.00 Brian Siewert Artists in Motion Scholarship at Lakeshore High School. Siewert himself termed Kali to be a dynamic, professional young talent with confidence, passion and commitment to her dream. She will pursue a Fine Arts degree in the field of packaging design at Michigan State University. This marks the fourth year that Emmy Award Winner Siewert has teed up the scholarship for an outstanding senior at Lakeshore High. Congratulations, Kali!<br /> <br /> Lake Michigan Breeze…home of the Surfin’ Buffalo…is now into its third season in Hagar Shores. New to the equation this year is the arrival of The Breeze Mart next door, offering groceries, pop, beer, coffee, ice and more. <br /> <br /> New to the menu at the tropically themed restaurant are such offerings as Baked Clams, Peel & Eat Shrimp, Mile High Nachos, Tempura Battered Chicken Fingers, Jumbo Chicago-style Hot Dogs, Sandwich Wraps, Homemade Fries and Gino’s East Deep Dish Pizza. They are also proudly partnering with Round Barn Winery to conduct tastings daily from noon until 6pm, and on Friday and Saturday the crew from Lark’s BBQ comes in for a garden center cookout. Tom Curran and his crew hope to see you soon at Lake Michigan Breeze on M-63 North in Hagar Shores.<br /> <br /> A couple of years ago, Deer Forest in Coloma auctioned off most of its assets in anticipation of closing things down after 60 years in business. While many physical assets were sold at that auction, the majority of the animals were retained, and within a very short period of time, the park was formally announced as officially open for business once again. Unfortunately, a lot of people saw the part about the auction, and not as many heard the good news that the venerable playground was still very much alive and in business. Maria DiPrima owns the park and tells me that it is still one of the nation’s largest and most elaborate exotic animal petting zoos. There are still amusement rides, a children’s play-land, storybook lane, miniature golf, food concessions, picnic areas and more. The park is open for the 2011 season and you can visit 7-days a week from 10am until 6pm. Storybook Lane has recently been renovated by Mike & Cathy Talbot, and painstakingly restored. Go to www.DeerForest.com for rates, including group rates for the season. You’ll find them at 6800 Indian Lane in Coloma.<br /> <br /> Get ready for H3: Hoops, Hip Hop & Hot Dogs! This is the second annual free event in Benton Harbor’s Broadway Park. Hosted by a number of partner organizations including Overflow Church, the Chapel, Bethel Restoration Center, Berrien Center Bible Church, First Church of God and First Assembly, the events includes hot dogs, 3-on-3 basketball with referees, hot shot contests, freethrowing, dunk contests, games for the kids, live hip hop and a whole lot more. Kathy Craig is one of the coordinators and she is seeking support in the form of prizes, and monetary support from local businesses. You can contact her at kcraig@overflowchurch.org. The event is scheduled for Saturday, July 16th from noon until 4pm.<br /> <br /> Today, Saturday, the 25th of June at 1pm, Bridgman Public Library welcomes Vegan Chef & Author Tess Challis and her new book, Radiance 4 Life: The 4 Cornerstones of Ultimate Vitality. More than 100 super-food recipes for the vegan palate.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great weekend…support Relay for Life and we’ll see you Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody <br /> Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org <br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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