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My Town Hudsonville: Chamber announces winners of new set of awards

My Town Hudsonville: Chamber announces winners of new set of awards

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.--- The Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce has named the recipients of a new set of awards.

Gemmens Home and Hardware is the recipient of the first Hudsonville Area Business Excellence Award.  The Chamber selected the Gemmens Home and Hardware based on its outstanding customer service, commitment to the community and contributions to a thriving business environment.

Joel Keegstra, owner of Keegstra’s Dollar Store is the first-year recipient of the Hudsonville Area Leadership Award.  The Chamber picked Keegstra based on his willingness to assist community members and other business owners however needed, and for his growth and vision within his own business. 

The Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce also awarded two $1,000 scholarships to Brian Haugen and Bailey Johnson, both of Hudsonville High School.

My Town Hudsonville: Great Garden Games added to record-setting celebration

My Town Hudsonville: Great Garden Games added to record-setting celebration

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—A record-setting celebration in Hudsonville is growing.

The Saladbowl Bash will return July 26 with the Great Garden Games.   The contests include radish carrying, cherry tomato balancing, tomato stacking and onion launching.  The winning team will receive a custom lettuce trophy.

Registration is underway for the Great Garden Games.  To sign up your team of four, visit the Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce website here.

The Saladbowl Bash made its debut last year with a record-setting salad bar.   The bar measured 688 feet in length, making it the longest in history, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.  The bar contained more than 2,375 pounds of lettuce, carrots, onions, radishes, cabbages, zucchini, celery, cucumbers and peppers as well as a variety of dressings.

This year’s Saladb

Trivalent named "economic bright spot"

GRANDVILLE, MICH. (June 9, 2014) – Trivalent Group, Inc., one of Michigan’s largest IT solution providers, was named one of Corp! Magazine’s Michigan Economic Bright Spots for the sixth consecutive year. The publication’s annual award recognizes Michigan-based companies and entrepreneurs who are a driving force in the economy and state’s innovation. Winners were asked to complete an online questionnaire in order to determine their growth over the past year as well as their economic impact on the state of Michigan.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" />

“As a company dedicated to our home state of Michigan, it is an honor to be named a Michigan Economic Bright Spot honoree for the sixth year in a row,” said Trivalent Group CEO Larry Andrus.

My Town: Entries wanted for Beer City Coaster Contest

My Town: Entries wanted for Beer City Coaster Contest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—During this year’s ArtPrize, one artist’s masterpiece will be gracing the tables and bars at breweries throughout greater Grand Rapids.

This is the second year for the city-wide Beer City Coaster Contest, which is growing with the help of Experience Grand Rapids and Greater Grand Rapids Beer City breweries. 

“The Beer City Coaster Contest was an idea the leadership team of the SpringHill Suites North created in 2013 to celebrate the calibration of local breweries and the local art scene,” said Rachel Crowther, general manager of Pillar Hotel & Resorts Area. “The contest was a way for our hotel to create an art event, ‘ArtNight’, which showcased the original coaster artwork and celebrated the unique beer scene only found in Beer City USA.  After a successful contest and ArtNight in 2013, it was only fitting to see the contest grow and evolve in 2014 to a larger city wide contest.”

My Town: Hudsonville student's film earns her a scholarship

My Town: Hudsonville student's film earns her a scholarship

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—A Hudsonville High School senior is cashing in on her film talent for college.

Rachel O’Connell recently won the Judges Choice Grand Prize in the Discover Manufacturing Today Video Challenge, earning her a $1,000 job training scholarship for Grand Rapids Community College.

O’Connell, a Careerline Tech Center Media Communications student, competed against high school students in 13 West Michigan counties for the honor.  Each student had approximately three weeks to produce a video highlighting why a career in manufacturing is a great career choice.  In that time, students had to obtain contacts and secure mentor companies, film, edit and submit their entries. Nearly three dozen CTC students tapped Automated Machine Systems, Holland Litho, JR Automation and Gentex for help with their films.

My Town: Jenison company's energy-saving glass on display in Muskegon

My Town: Jenison company's energy-saving glass on display in Muskegon

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (Grand Valley State University) — An emerging, energy-saving glass technology created by a Jenison-based company is being showcased at Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center.

The thermochromic technology, made by Pleotint, LLC, provides commercial and residential properties the opportunity to save money in energy costs. The glass gradually darkens in response to rising temperatures caused by direct sunlight, then cools as the sun moves across the sky, returning to a clear, neutral state in cloudy or dark conditions. It is North America’s first commercially available thermochromic interlayer for laminated glass.

“Showcasing and supporting emerging technologies is consistent with the mission of MAREC,” said Arn Boezaart, director of MAREC. “The Suntuitive interlayer represents break-through technology that can be used in a variety of insulated glass applications.”

My Town Grandville: Acton Family Chiropractic ribbon cutting May 8

My Town Grandville: Acton Family Chiropractic ribbon cutting May 8

GRANDVILLE, Mich.-- The community has the opportunity to welcome Dr. Courtney Acton of Acton Family Chiropractic during this ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 8.

Acton Family Chiropractic is located at 3584 Fairlanes Avenue SW in Grandville. Lunch will be provided from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Dr. Acton was born and raised in Michigan and is looking forward to building her practice in Grandville. In March, she challenged a graphic design class from Grandville High School to create a new logo for her business. She said what the students came up with was so amazing, it was difficult to pick just one.  

Dr. Acton is a chiropractor who is committed to providing patients of all ages with all-natural, safe health care.