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My Town: Storms likely to blame for hundreds of power outages

My Town: Storms likely to blame for hundreds of power outages

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Summer storms were likely the cause for hundreds of power outages across West Michigan Monday.

According to Consumers Energy, as of 3:30 p.m., 225 homes and businesses between Alto and Clarksville were without power.  Approximately 212 customers in the Hudsonville and Georgetown Township areas were also affected, as well as 86 homes and businesses in between Kent City and Sparta.  In Rockford, the Krause Memorial Library was among the approximately one dozen homes and businesses left in the dark.  The library opted to close for the rest of the day, with plans to reopen Tuesday.

It’s unclear when power will be fully restored.

My Town: Todd Wenzel to open pre-owned superstore in former Lake Michigan Auto Center

My Town: Todd Wenzel to open pre-owned superstore in former Lake Michigan Auto Center
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –  Todd Wenzel Automotive announces their fourth Michigan dealership, the Todd Wenzel Pre-Owned Superstore, which is expected to open Oct. 1, 2014. With anticipated inventory of more than 400 pre-owned vehicles, Todd Wenzel Pre-Owned Superstore will provide one of the largest selections in West Michigan. The current Lake Michigan Auto Center building, located just south of I-96 at 4130 32nd Avenue in Hudsonville, will be completely remodeled and updated with new Herman Miller furniture prior to the Oct. 1 grand opening. Todd Wenzel plans to add approximately 20 jobs at the new location and confirms that the car wash will remain open to the public. “I was delighted to partner with LMCU in this transaction,” said Todd Wenzel, “They were very professional.

My Town: Growing manufacturer holding hiring event July 30

My Town: Growing manufacturer holding hiring event July 30

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.— A parts supplier looking to hire dozens of workers will hold a job fair Wednesday, July 30.

Intex Technologies, LCC needs to fill more than 40 job openings.  The manufacturer will hold a hiring event from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its Hudsonville facility, located at 3133 Highland Drive.  Intex has the following positions open:

  • Entry level machine operators
  • Industrial painters
  • Paint technicians
  • Tooling technicians
  • Quality technicians
  • Maintenance
  • Shipping & receiving
  • Inventory control
  • Team leaders

On site interviews will be available during the job fair.  Those who cannot make it to the event can still apply by emailing their resume to jobs@intextech.net.

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of nonprofit organizations that are close to the hearts of Consumers Energy employees are getting a financial boost.

The Consumers Energy Foundation recently awarded 78 grants worth $38,350 to organizations in Michigan where Consumers employees and retirees volunteer.  Last year, nonprofits in the state received more than $8 million from Consumers Energy and its employees, retirees, foundation and parent company, CMS Energy.  

The 2014 second quarter grant recipients include:

Allegan County

  • $450 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Baseball (Loren Barnes)
  • $550 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Football (Loren Barnes)

Ionia County

  • $550 to Portland Public Schools Wrestling Club (Chad Miller)

Kalamazoo County

My Town Grandville: New store celebrates opening at Bucktown

My Town Grandville: New store celebrates opening at Bucktown

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—West Michigan model makers have a new place to shop along 44th Street.

The Grandville-Jenison Area Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon on HobbyTown USA Headquarters last week.  The store, which is filled with model kits, rockets, games and toys, is located in the Bucktown shopping plaza.

HobbyTown USA treated visitors to lunch from fellow Bucktown tenant Potbelly Sandwich Shop as part of last Friday’s ceremony.

Trivalent Group, Inc. engineer honored with 2014 Microsoft MVP award

Trivalent Group, Inc. engineer honored with 2014 Microsoft MVP award

GRANDVILLE, Mich.-- Trivalent Group, Inc., one of Michigan’s largest IT solution providers, has announced that its Senior Cloud Services Engineer, Andy Syrewicze, was honored with the 2014 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award.

The MVP Award is given to exceptional, independent community leaders who share their passion, technical expertise and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with others.

“We are proud of Andy Syrewicze for achieving this prestigious recognition as one of only five MVPs in the United States for Microsoft Hyper-V,” said Trivalent Group CEO Larry Andrus. “Microsoft is a strategic partner for us at Trivalent Group.  Andy has continually grown both his technical and professional expertise during his nearly eight years with Trivalent.”

My Town Hudsonville: Vendors needed for Saladbowl Bash's return

My Town Hudsonville: Vendors needed for Saladbowl Bash's return

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for vendors for this year’s Saladbowl Bash

Each booth space is 10 square feet and costs $30.  The chamber says the event provides a great opportunity to introduce your venture to thousands of people.

This is the second year for the Saladbowl Bash, which celebrates Hudsonville’s agricultural history.   Organizers plan to expand this year’s event to include a singing contest, cooking demonstrations, a corn on the cob eating contest, the Great Garden Games and a fireworks display.

This year’s bash is Saturday, July 26 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.