Governor Rick Snyder says the propane shortage in Michigan has “eased slightly,” however supplies remain tight, and the state is working to alleviate the supply problem which has surfaced with the recent arctic cold snap that has hit the state. The governor says he’s directed state agencies to reach out to consumers affected by the shortage, by offering assistance and available resources until propane levels are restored. Michigan is one of more than 30 states to declare a propane energy emergency, and Snyder says he is extending an exemption for motor carriers and drivers transporting propane and heating oil within Michigan from hours-of-service regulations and requirements until Feb. 11. The governor issued similar executive orders in December and early January to help service residents with available supply as quickly as possible. The governor says he will also request assistance from the U.S. Department of Transportation for coordination of weight restriction exemptions between states during the shortage to insure that interstate transport of propane is not unnecessarily impeded and to continue to extend the waiver of the Hours of Service for truck drivers hauling propane. Record low temperatures, heavy snowfall and poor driving conditions, combined with pipeline issues and other factors have all contributed to Michigan’s propane shortage. Supplies in the Upper Peninsula have improved slightly as a facility in Rapid River went back online after supplies from Wisconsin were halted for new pump installation. However, propane inventories in the region are down 46 percent from last year’s levels, and are expected to remain tight, according to Governor Snyder. (MRN)
Entrepreneur magazine recently announced its annual Franchise 500 rankings1, naming
SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, to its Top 10 list
for the fifth consecutive year. Of the 853 companies qualified for the
rankings, SERVPRO® earned the No. 7 spot overall and the top spot in its
own industry for the 11th consecutive year. According to Entrepreneur, the
Franchise 500 selection process2 is driven by “objective, quantifiable
measures of a franchise operation,” with some of the most important
factors being “financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be a part of the SERVPRO® Brand in the
Cass and St. Joseph Counties area,” said Tony Blodgett, owner of “SERVPRO®
of Cass and St. Joseph Counties. “As a leading cleaning and restoration
Brand in America, we have a responsibility to serve each and every
customer with excellence.”
SERVPRO® specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services,
helping both commercial and residential customers recover from property
damage emergencies. From small one room home disasters, to large
commercial facilities, or statewide storm response situations, SERVPRO®
helps make property damage ‘Like it never even happened’.
“At the end of the day, every SERVPRO® Franchisee is an individual small
business owner who lives and works in the community he or she serves,”
said Blodgett. “When the unexpected happens, local home and business
owners know that they can turn to us to help them put their lives back on
track as quickly and painlessly as possible. As this year’s Entrepreneur
rankings demonstrate again, this is both a responsibility and a privilege
that each SERVPRO® Franchisee takes very seriously.”
For more information about SERVPRO® of Cass and St. Joseph Counties,
contact Tony Blodgett at (269) 273-8777 or email@example.com. For more
information about SERVPRO®, please visit www.servpro.com.
The Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the second annual “Discover the Treasures of St. Joseph County” 2014 will be July 26 at Rawson’s King Mill Park in Leonidas Township.
The event is a follow-up to the August 2013 event, when a dinner was served inside the Langley Covered Bridge and drew more than 130 people.
This year’s event will include tours of the mill, dinner on the island, water activities and live entertainment.
Additional information, including per-person price, will be released on the chamber’s Facebook page and website, which is trchamber.com.
A job fair for people considering work in the manufacturing industry will take place Wednesday, January 29th in Three Rivers.
Hosted by Michigan Works, the event features employers looking to fill positions in the fields of customer service, logistics, engineering, warehouse work and machinists. American Axle and Manufacturing Co. will be one of the employers on hand.
Prospective participants must register at either Michigan Works office in Kalamazoo or Three Rivers by the end of the work day Friday, January 24th.
People interested in attending next Wednesday’s job fair must take part in a mandatory session Monday in Three Rivers. Tickets for Wednesday’s job fair will be distributed only to people who complete the Monday session.
Information about the process, times and locations, and the job fair itself, may be found on the website: michiganworks14.org/careers.html.
Colon resident Ron Carnell has announced the village will be the site of the 45th annual Michigan Magic Day in April.
The International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 386 in Colon will host the two-day gathering April 11 and 12, the first time the community will have hosted the annual event.
Carnell said around 150 magicians from around the Midwest are expected to attend. The core of the event is a series of private, daylong lectures. Carnell, however, said a public performance will take place April 12 at Colon High School.
Colon hosting the annual gathering is unusual, Carnell said, because of its small size. The gathering typically rotates host cities between Flint, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor.
Four manufacturing companies based in St. Joseph County are among the recipients of $235,000 in training grants.
The Kalamazoo-St. Joseph Michigan Works announced this week that the Skilled Trades Training grants, funded by Michigan’s Workforce Development Agency, will assist with training for in-demand jobs.
The St. Joseph County companies receiving grant money are Vaupell Midwest Molding and Tooling of Constantine; Peterson Spring Corporation of Three Rivers; Sturgis Molded Products of Sturgis; and X-L Machine Company of Three Rivers.
Other recipients are in Schoolcraft, Portage and Kalamazoo.