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Team hired for new restaurant

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (October 21, 2014) – RedWater Restaurant Group Chief Operating Officer Craig Smith is pleased to announce three women for the top management positions at Gravity, the newest RedWater Restaurant Group restaurant to opening to the public in mid-November. Gravity is the new 64-tap craft beer, handcrafted food restaurant at 3210 Deposit Drive next to Northpointe Bank at the East Beltline and I-196 interchange. Gravity will be among the largest “all craft beer on tap” restaurants in the area.

Kristin Kent, formerly of Reds on the River, was hired as the new General Manager at Gravity, while Laurel Deruda, former Executive Chef at Honeycreek Inn and the Women’s City Club, is its new Executive Chef.  Angela Steil has been named House Certified Cicerone® and Beer Director for Gravity.

Todd Wenzel Automotive acquires former Suburban Saturn Service Facility

Todd Wenzel Automotive acquires former Suburban Saturn Service Facility
Todd Wenzel announced today that they have purchased the 29th Street property where they will begin remodeling the 34,000 square foot building to house their Collision and Appearance Center; currently located at Todd Wenzel Buick GMC on 28th Street. The dealer group plans to also move their centralized Business Development Center or BDC to the second floor of the building. By relocating the current body shop to 2700 29th St., Todd Wenzel Buick GMC will be able to improve the dealership’s quality of customer service and increase work flow. “We have recognized for some time now that our Buick and GMC business is greatly expanding and the 28th St. facility is bursting at the seams,” Wenzel said, “This expansion will provide much needed relief and allow for additional mechanical service growth.

Gas drops below $3.00 a gallon

Gas drops below $3.00 a gallon

It’s something we haven’t seen for a long time.  Gasoline has finally dropped below $3.00 per gallon in West Michigan.  WZZM 13 spotted the first pump on Sunday at Costco on 28th Street SE in Cascade where unleaded gas was selling for $2.99.  Today, unleaded gas was selling for $2.98 a gallon at the Speedway station on Alpine Avenue South and 3 Mile Road NW in Walker.  GasBuddy.com shows gas prices as low as $2.83 at two Admiral stations in Lowell.

Gasoline prices have been dropping because U.S. oil and natural gas production are at a 28-year high due in part to the nation’s boom in shale oil.  Industry observers also attribute the decline to Americans burning less gas because of more fuel efficient vehicles and younger people are driving less.

For more local gas prices:    http://www.wzzm13.com/traffic/gas-prices

My Town Ada: $13 million redevelopment project enters new phase

My Town Ada: $13 million redevelopment project enters new phase

ADA, Mich.—The next phase in a new vision for the village of Ada will be on display for the public Monday, Sept. 8.

Ada Township plans to invest $6.5 million in the redevelopment project, which will focus on public facilities and infrastructure improvements to support an estimated $70 million in commercial and residential developments.  In turn, Amway will contribute $3.5 million to the improvements and lead the effort to raise an additional $3 million in private donations.

The Envision Ada project started last year with a series of community meetings to determine what the community should look like in the future. More than 1,200 residents contributed to the process, coming up with a blueprint for retail, residential and green spaces along the riverfront.  To see the entire plan, visit Envision Ada's website.

My Town: Meijer to hire thousands ahead of holidays

My Town: Meijer to hire thousands ahead of holidays

 

WALKER, Mich.—  A Walker-based retail store is hiring thousands more workers ahead of the holiday season.

Meijer recently announced it plans to hire more than 10,000 additional employees for stores in five states. Nearly half of the new hires, approximately 4,800 people, will happen in Michigan. The additional employees are needed to cover duties newly opened stores, as well as the upcoming busy holiday shopping season.  Meijer opened or is opening nine new stores in 2014; the retailer plans to open additional locations in 2015.

The openings will be for a variety of positions, from cashiers to meat cutting.  The majority of positions will be part time and seasonal.  Interested candidates can apply online on Meijer’s website

Meijer currently operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

My Town: Make a life-saving donation, get a free haircut

My Town: Make a life-saving donation, get a free haircut

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— A life-saving donation could get you a new look.

The American Red Cross is teaming up with Sport Clips to provide coupons for free haircuts to those who sign up to donate blood at participating drives and blood donation centers.  The campaign, called “Saving Lives Never Looked So Good”, runs through the month of September at the Sports Clips locations at Knapps Corner, Shops at Plaza on the East Beltline, in Grandville and the Kenowa Center.

For more information and to find a participating blood drive, visit redcrossblood.org/sport-clips.

My Town: Head of ADAC Automotive to lead automotive supplier board

My Town: Head of ADAC Automotive to lead automotive supplier board

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CASCADE, Mich.– Jim Teets, President & CEO of ADAC Automotive (Grand Rapids, Michigan/USA), has been nominated as chairman of the Board of Directors of VAST – one of the leading automotive suppliers in security and access control products.

The position of chairman was created in the context of organizational changes in 2010, and it was decided that this function will rotate among the three VAST partners every two years. Harry Stratton, Chairman of STRATTEC Security (Milwaukee, Wisconsin/USA), was the first chairman. The last two years Rainer Goelz, CEO of WITTE Automotive (Velbert, Germany), headed up the VAST Board of Directors, which defines the strategic goals of the alliance, oversees the implementation of the VAST global initiatives and provides advice to the VAST leadership team.