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Todd Wenzel Automotive purchases new dealership

Todd Wenzel Automotive purchases new dealership

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Todd Wenzel Automotive announces the acquisition of their third Michigan dealership, Jim Waldron Buick GMC of Davison.

This purchase represents the second Buick GMC franchise for Todd Wenzel. The first, located in Grand Rapids, was obtained in 2001 followed by a Chevrolet franchise in Hudsonville in 2004.

"We are grateful for the opportunity to serve the Davison and Greater Flint communities," said Wenzel, "We look forward to maintaining the excellent reputation the Waldrons have built."

My Town: West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

My Town: West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Looking for a job?  The list of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For is out.

The businesses are nominated by staff or community members.  Judges then whittle down the pool to 101 winners, based on communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and other categories.    This year’s winners are:

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

UPDATE: Three more buildings have joined the competition.

Organizers say the MATS administration office, Community Mental Health and the Hall of Justice, all in Muskegon County are now involved in the Battle of the Buildings, bringing the total square footage to more than 9 million.  The new goal is 10 million square feet by the registration deadline of March 31.

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—More than three dozen local businesses are competing in cutting down energy in the West Michigan Battle of the Buildings.

The owners of 45 buildings representing nearly 9 million square feet of space have signed up to take part in the inaugural competition, organized by the U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter. The organization is teaming up with Consumers Energy and Hurst Mechanical to provide workshops on building improvements, optimizing operations and maintance and engaging building occupants to curb energy use.

My Town Wyoming: Animal Hospital fundraiser pays for K-9 cop

My Town Wyoming: Animal Hospital fundraiser pays for K-9 cop

WYOMING, Mich.—The City of Wyoming is rebuilding its K-9 Unit, with the help of donations collected by the Wyoming Animal Hospital.

Last year, the hospital, which is the sole health care provider for the city’s police canines, held a canine demonstration and 5k walk featuring the Wyoming Police K-9 Unit.  The events raised more than $6,300, which Wyoming Animal Hospital donated back to the K-9 Unit.

Shortly after the events, the police department  lost an officer and two canine partners to retirement.  The search for a new handler and two dogs took the department to Vigilant Canine Services International, where they found Azar.  The department was able to pay for Azar using the money raised by Wyoming Animal Hospital. 

The Wyoming Animal Hospital plans to make the Wyoming 5-0 5k walk an annual event.  Plans are already underway for this year’s event.

My Town Wyoming: Williams Furniture property up for auction

My Town Wyoming: Williams Furniture property up for auction

WYOMING, Mich.— The former home of Williams Furniture is up for bid.

The online auction will begin March 27 at 8 a.m. on Biddergy.com’s website.  The two-parcel property is located at 40 & 60 28th Street SW.  It includes a parking lot and 30,000 square foot building, complete with a showroom and two offices.  The entire property’s worth is estimated at $532,312.

Williams Furniture closed late last year, after 67 years of business.  The family-owned store was founded by Lorraine and Jacob Baart in 1946.  The family says the economic downturn was too much for the store.

My Town Update: Former meat retailer goes to the dogs

My Town Update: Former meat retailer goes to the dogs

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—A former meat shop in Hudsonville has gone to the dogs.

Tolman’s Wholesale Meats recently moved from 6363 56th Avenue to a larger facility, to accommodate growing demand. Realtor Olga Hallstedt says the building’s specialized washable walls appealed to retiring Wyoming Police Officer Randy Adams, who was looking to open a daycare, boarding and training facility for dogs. Adams, who handled and trained police service dogs for more than 20 years, bought the building in January 2014 to expand his dog training business, Adams K-9, which started in his garage in 2009. He says work is still underway to transform the facility into a business that will serve up to 18 dogs a day.  Adams hopes to celebrate the business' grand opening by the end of April or early May. 

Adams retired with his police K-9 companion, Mojy in November.

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. – Grandville-based First United Credit Union backing the Kent District Library’s campaign to replenish its budget.

Through the Genre Derby, KDL hopes to raise $10,000 for digital and physical books. That’s just a fraction of the $300,000 that’s been slashed from the library’s budget since 2013.

“Our overall budget has been cut by over $2 million in the past three years from changes in tax valuation and personal property tax,” explained KDL Development Manager Linda Krombeen. 

Despite the cuts, KDL is using technology and restructuring to avoid laying off staff.

The Genre Derby allows patrons to direct donations to the type of books they read most. First United Credit Union is pledging to match 50 percent of all donor gifts during the Genre Derby, up to $1,500.