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Business awarded tax abatement

February 14, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A Sturgis-based business was awarded a 12-year tax abatement this week by members of the city commission.

Midwest Plastics Engineering Inc. on Wednesday was granted the abatement for an investment in new equipment. The addition will help retain 40 jobs at the facility and create 10 new positions, company officials said.

It is investing more than $190,000 in four injection-mold machine upgrades, material loaders and a cleanliness testing laboratory.

Cathy Knapp, of Southwest Michigan First, told commissioners there are only three labs like it in the state. Investment is making it possible for the company to serve the needs of a new automotive contract, she said.

Midwest provides parts that end up in the Ford Fusion and F-150.

Three Rivers receives three grants

February 11, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Three Rivers Mayor Tom Lowry said he has been informed the municipality has received three grants.

During last week’s city commission meeting, Lowry said the grants are in the combined amount of almost $7,500.

The first, a $750 award from the Dr. Pepper/Snapple group, will be used for expenses related to clean-up projects during the city’s Community Pride Day coming up in May.

A grant in the amount of $2,800 will allow for the hiring of additional help at Scidmore Park Petting Zoo. The funds will allow the zoo to extend its summer hours. The money, which requires a 25 percent match, was provided by the Three Rivers Area Community Foundation.

The Conservation Fund, through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will be earmarked toward the Three Rivers Farmers’ Market.

Lowry said the money will allow the market to help create a sustainable market, market training, state certification and equipment to accept payments other than cash.

TRDDA expects to hear this week

February 10, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority members expect to hear this week whether the agency is awarded a step up to a “Select” level in the Michigan Main Street community.

A team of DDA and community members made a presentation before a panel of judges last week in Lansing as part of the process to earn the Select status. If chosen as one of the three recipients from the pool of four candidates, Three Rivers DDA would receive programming assistance from the Michigan Main Street.

DDA director Christy Trammell said MMS offers assistance in the form of manpower and expertise to help keep downtown districts strong and viable.

Three Rivers is current at the Associate level, the first of three steps in the MMS program.

Roof collapses in Sturgis

February 7, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

One person was injured Thursday after a roof collapsed at Omni Source Corporation, at 2160 S. Centerville Road, in Sturgis.

Sturgis fire crews responded at the scene and found a 100-by-200-foot section of the main building had collapsed. Two employees were in the building at the time, and both escaped. One suffered minor injuries.

Gas and power were shut off to the building, and the rest of the structure was deemed unusable, according to Sturgis Fire Department.

Authorities did not provide details about the cause of the collapse.

Company gets tax break

February 5, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The city of Three Rivers has granted an Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption for W.E. Slitt Sheet and Co.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the city commission agreed to the 12-year abatement for personal-property improvements in excess of $467,000.

As a result, the Jefferson Street company expects to retain 28 jobs and create one new position.

A company official said the majority of the 28 jobs are held by area residents.

Family Care Center now open

February 5, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Three Rivers Health has announced its White Pigeon Family Care Center has opened.

The Care Center, located at 601 E. Chicago Road, will be the site of an open house noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Tours, an opportunity to meet personnel and a drawing for a HealthTRAC membership will be available.

CEO William Russell said Three Rivers Health is pleased to offer family practice and pediatric services, and to better serve the communities of White Pigeon, Constantine and Centreville.

White Pigeon Family Care Center office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.

to 5 p.m. Its phone number is 483-7624.

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