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STUDY NAMES I&M 2016 UTILITY CUSTOMER CHAMPION

Market Strategies International named Indiana Michigan Power a 2016 Utility Customer Champion for its strong relationship with residential customers. I&M, an operating unit of American Electric Power, was one of just three Midwest electric only utilities to receive the honor. “We are happy to designate Indiana Michigan Power as a 2016 Customer Champion.  Their customers have said they have strong …

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Mackinac Island’s oldest ferry to stop service, sell boats

Mackinac Island’s oldest and longest-running ferry boat company is leaving the passenger business and selling its boats to a competitor. The Detroit Free Press reports that the financially-struggling Arnold Transit Co. is preparing to halt all passenger service to the island for the first time since the 1800s, leaving just two ferry boat services to the island next summer. Star …

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Dunham’s Sports is opening a Sturgis store

Dunham’s Sports, one of the nation’s largest sporting goods chains, is pleased to invite Sturgis, and the surrounding communities, to its grand opening weekend. The ribbon cutting will be hosted on Friday, September 30th at 9:00 a.m. at the new location at 69060 M-66. Store hours are Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. …

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Dunham’s Sports to open Sturgis location this fall

Dunham’s Sports, one of the nation’s largest sporting goods chains, is looking to have its Sturgis, MI location ready to open later this year and is currently interviewing for openings throughout the store. Apply by email at hrnp@dunhams.com or fax to 517-337-0463. The Sturgis, MI store will offer a full line of traditional sporting goods and athletic equipment, as well …

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GM recalls 4M vehicles for air bag defect linked to 1 death

General Motors Co. is recalling more than 4 million vehicles, most of them in the U.S., to fix an air bag software defect that has been linked to one death. The vehicles involved in the recall are all from the 2014-2017 model years and include models from Buick, Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac. The company is recalling 4.28 million vehicles worldwide, …

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Kalamazoo Symphony, musicians union reach contract deal

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra says it’s reached a contract agreement with members of its musicians union. The symphony’s Board of Directors and management announced Tuesday that they reached the tentative deal with the Kalamazoo Federation of Musicians Local 228. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports the union is expected to submit the tentative contract to its membership for ratification. The union represents …

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Meijer recalls salads, sandwiches due to salmonella risk

Midwest retailer Meijer Inc. says some salads and sandwiches that it sells are being recalled due to a potential risk of salmonella contamination. The company says the “Markets of Meijer” products were sold at Meijer stores from July 20 through Monday. Meijer says there have been no known illnesses reported to the company from foods. Meijer says the salads and …

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Michigan unemployment rate dips to 4.6 percent in June

Michigan’s jobless rate dipped to 4.6 percent in June, a slight drop from May but the lowest in 15 years. The state says it was the second consecutive monthly decline and the fourth so far this year. Jason Palmer, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, attributed the June decline to fewer people active in the …

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Local Business Receives Award for Outstanding Revenue Performance at SERVPRO’s Annual Convention

Local entrepreneur Anthony Blodgett of SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties was recognized with the MILLIONAIRE’S Gold award for outstanding revenue performance during an Awards ceremony at the 47th Annual SERVPRO® Convention. A record-setting group of more than 2800 franchise owners, key staff and corporate representatives attended the convention, which was held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas from …

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Qualified labor is needed for local job positions

St. Joseph County manufacturing companies are having a problem finding qualified labor to fill well-paying jobs, according to a Southwest Michigan First official. But, the situation is not unique to the area, noted Ken Jones, chair of the agency’s Economic Development Corporation Board. Jones provided county commissioners a quarterly update during last week’s St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners executive …

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