It’s All Bologna In Yale

yale bolognaEvery July Yale plays host to the Yale Bologna Festival, a 3 day weekend event that closes the streets and transforms this small community of just under 2,000 to a gathering of over 20,000 Bologna starved party-goers!  A tradition in Yale since 1989, this festival has grown considerably since its humble beginnings. The festival draws people from all around Michigan as well as other states, eager to see who will be the next King and Queen of Bologna.  The Bologna Festival includes such events as the famed outhouses races, a street dance, fireworks and a parade down Main Street that continues to grow each year.  T.J. Minnie sold his first bologna in 1906 from a small shop located downtown on Main Street. Since then, a proud history of making first class bologna is still carried on today by C.Roy Inc., a company founded by Cecil Roy and still run by the Roy family.  A complete schedule and further information may be found at http://www.yalechamber.com/page-bologna.html

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Paul Muxlow

Rep. Muxlow Hosts August Office Hours In District

  State Rep. Paul Muxlow will host in-district office hours on two different occasions during August. Rep. Muxlow, R-Brown City, will meet with residents on the following dates:  Friday, Aug. 1 at the Blue Water Area Chamber of Commerce, 512 McMorran Blvd. in Port Huron from 2 to 3 p.m.; and  Friday, Aug. 8 at Big Boy restaurant, 422…

Rep. Muxlow Hosts August Office Hours In District

 

Paul Muxlow

Paul Muxlow

State Rep. Paul Muxlow will host in-district office hours on two different occasions during August.

Rep. Muxlow, R-Brown City, will meet with residents on the following dates:

  •  Friday, Aug. 1 at the Blue Water Area Chamber of Commerce, 512 McMorran Blvd. in Port Huron from 2 to 3 p.m.; and
  •  Friday, Aug. 8 at Big Boy restaurant, 422 W. Sanilac Road in Sandusky from 9 to 10 a.m.

“Office hours are important because they give citizens an opportunity to voice concerns and make suggestions on how to improve state and local government,” Rep. Muxlow said. “I encourage people to attend so I can more effectively represent them in Lansing.”  No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Muxlow at (517) 373-0835 or via email atPaulMuxlow@house.mi.gov.  State Rep. Paul Muxlow is a second-term lawmaker representing the 83rd House District. The 83rd District includes Burtchville Township, Fort Gratiot Township, Port Huron city and Sanilac County. Muxlow can be reached at (517) 373-0835, via email at PaulMuxlow@house.mi.gov or on his website at www.reppaulmuxlow.com. For additional updates follow House Republicans on Facebook and Twitter.

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Senator Phil Pavlov

Public Town Hall Meeting Tuesday, July 29

State Sen. Phil Pavlov announced Thursday that Beverly Fernandez, spokesperson for Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump, will be a featured speaker at the public town hall on Tuesday, July 29 in Port Huron to discuss legislative and other efforts to protect Lake Huron from a Canadian nuclear waste dump.  Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump is a nonprofit organization of…

Public Town Hall Meeting Tuesday, July 29

Phil Pavlov

Phil Pavlov

State Sen. Phil Pavlov announced Thursday that Beverly Fernandez, spokesperson for Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump, will be a featured speaker at the public town hall on Tuesday, July 29 in Port Huron to discuss legislative and other efforts to protect Lake Huron from a Canadian nuclear waste dump.  Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump is a nonprofit organization of concerned Canadians that aims to raise public awareness of the proposed dump. Pavlov is inviting residents of the 25th Senate District to the town hall to this meeting where Pavlov and Fernandez will discuss a Canadian nuclear waste dump proposal and plans by Michigan lawmakers to stop it.  Canadian officials propose to bury 7 million cubic feet of nuclear waste less than a mile from the shore of Lake Huron, directly across the lake from the residents of St. Clair, Sanilac and Huron counties.  The Town Hall meeting is set for Tuesday, July 29 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Donald E. Dodge Auditorium at 200 Grand River Avenue in Port Huron. There is no cost to attend.

 

 

 

 

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Since 1992,Volleygrass Has Been Going Strong

The Blue Water Volleygrass Festival Gets Underway this evening with a number of changes.  First change is the location.  The festival has been moved from Marysville to Port Huron Northern High School on Krafft Road.  This year’s festival is brought to the area by Port Huron Northern Booster Club in membership with the Blue Water…

Since 1992,Volleygrass Has Been Going Strong

volley grassThe Blue Water Volleygrass Festival Gets Underway this evening with a number of changes.  First change is the location.  The festival has been moved from Marysville to Port Huron Northern High School on Krafft Road.  This year’s festival is brought to the area by Port Huron Northern Booster Club in membership with the Blue Water Young Professionals. The tournament started with about 60 teams playing on the campus of Marysville High School and throughout the years saw some 250 teams and 1,500 athletes playing at 40 nets in Marysville Park.  Many athletes travel many miles and return each year.  Co-ed teams take to the courts tonight with registration at 4 p.m. – play begins at 5.  Saturday will see Men’s and Women’s competition with registration at 8 a.m.  Parking is available at the school and concessions are available on site as well.

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Eissmann Group Automotive Selects Port Huron For Expansion

Eissmann Group Automotive, a global leader in the manufacturing of high-quality shifter modules, trim components and full car interiors, is expanding operations in the Midwest and will invest $13.55 million in a facility in Port Huron, Michigan and creating up to 233 new jobs. The Eissmann Group Automotive is a leading international automotive manufacturer of…

Eissmann Group Automotive Selects Port Huron For Expansion

eda logoEissmann Group Automotive, a global leader in the manufacturing of high-quality shifter modules, trim components and full car interiors, is expanding operations in the Midwest and will invest $13.55 million in a facility in Port Huron, Michigan and creating up to 233 new jobs. The Eissmann Group Automotive is a leading international automotive manufacturer of high-end shifter modules, trim components and complete automotive interiors. Headquartered in Bad Urach, Germany, the Eissmann Group has production facilities on three continents; maintaining a presence not only in Europe but also in Mexico, China and the USA. Customers include Audi, BMW, Volvo, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Tesla, Maserati, Land Rover, and many others. “We conducted a very thorough multi-state search for a location that would maximize our ability to service existing and future customers,” said Brian Tinney, President of Eissmann Automotive North America, Inc. “Ultimately, location and availability of workforce drove the site decision.” (more)In June, the company purchased a 63,000-square-foot building in the Port Huron Industrial Park formerly occupied by GMA Cover Corp.  “We selected a building that enables us to ramp production quickly to support existing customers and provides room for expansion,” said Tinney. The planned investment includes new equipment, addition of more truck docks and office space, and an 85,000-square-foot expansion to the plant. The company plans to hire professional and technical staff and a core team of industrial sewers this fall. Production is expected to occur in early 2015 and will include a significant increase in employment. “We are excited to welcome Eissmann Group to our international city,” said Port Huron Mayor Pauline Repp. “We rolled out the red carpet when the company first came to town and were fortunate to have many partners around the table committed to the project.” “We have great assets to sell, including our workforce and the quality of life in the Blue Water area, but the competition for these projects is fierce,” said Jeff Bohm, Chairman of the County Commission.  “I think the level of collaboration that we demonstrated to the company was a big factor in its decision to locate here.” The Economic Development Alliance began working with the State of Michigan and the company in January. There were many hurdles to overcome before St. Clair County made it to the short list. Eissmann toured more than 20 sites in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. “At one point, our sites were eliminated from the search,” said Dan Casey, CEO of the Economic Development Alliance. “But we have a very experienced team of professionals at the EDA and a great story to tell. Eissmann’s executives agreed to take another look and when they came into town for the site tours, I think the leadership from the city and county and the business case that we presented really impressed the company and its consultants.” “This project is another example of how global and competitive this industry is,” said David Haynes, Director of Business Attraction at the EDA. “No longer are we competing only with our neighboring counties. We had great partners at the table supporting this effort including private sector companies that endorsed our community and that made a big difference.” Governor Rick Snyder met with company executives in Germany in May to pitch the Port Huron location. State and local incentives, including an $850,000 grant from the Michigan Business Development Program, were also a factor in the decision. The St. Clair County Brownfield Authority also provided a site assessment grant.  St. Clair Community College is collaborating on the project and will be working with the company on a Michigan New Jobs Training Program grant of $300,000. The company will prepay the training and be reimbursed from future withholding taxes generated by the wages earned by new employees. “We’re very excited to be able to contribute to the attraction of this important company to our community,” said the college’s president Kevin Pollock. “Our Workforce Development team is working closely with Eissmann to establish an in-house training program that we hope to have up and running early next year.” The initial meeting of the Eissmann team and community occurred in late February when snow blanketed the city and ice jammed the river. As the site process continued, company representatives had opportunities to visit the downtown, its restaurants and hotels, and housing options. Every angle of the community was explored, from its public and private schools, to condominium and loft options. “The Eissmann team really likes the downtown feel of Port Huron, the housing options and the quality of the workforce,” added Tinney. “We are looking forward to the opportunity to grow our business and become a contributing partner in the community.”  EDA staff provided the company with a wide variety of services, from temporary office space to identifying potential local contractors. “At times it seemed like we were on the payroll, but the fact is that our job is to sell the community and be customer focused,” said Casey. “This is a tremendous company that wants to settle into the community and establish deep roots. They have great pride in the craftsmanship of their workforce and we are so pleased that they have chosen to locate their business in the Port Huron area.”

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