Making It In Northern Michigan: Grand Traverse Industries

By Al Parker Grand Traverse Industries, a 41-year-old Traverse City business that provides employment, training and services to persons with disabilities, is now producing an item that improves the smile of forgetful travelers. The Smilesaver disposable toothbrush comes loaded with a dose of minty toothpaste right in...

Making It In Northern Michigan: Dynatect

Like a lot of manufacturing companies, Dynatect Lead Screws International specializes in one major product that dominates its production line. “We make ball screws,” explained General Manager George Hamzik. “We fill a pretty particular niche. A majority of our work is for machine tools. We’re not...

Making It In Northern Michigan: Hayes Manufacturing

It’s not unusual to find a family-run business in the region. But there are very few that have more family members involved in the day-to-day operation of the company than Hayes Manufacturing in Fife Lake. And three-fourths of the company is owned and operated by three...

Who Knew They Made it Here?

Since its beginning in 1988, a Traverse City company has grown into one of the largest independent manufacturers of store fixtures and commercial casework in Michigan. Strata Design, at 1645 Park Drive, designs, builds and installs all types of modular commercial cabinets, laminate counters, store fixtures...

Building, Building Everywhere!

It's boom time for residential and commercial projects, particularly in the heart of downtown Traverse City but in outlying areas as well. Here’s a round-up of some of the developments nearly completed, underway, or in the planning stages. Meijer Superstore, Acme The largest project is the long-anticipated...

Making It In Northern Michigan: Shoreline Fruit

What began more than four decades ago as a few acres of leased cherry orchards near Traverse City has grown to become the largest tart cherry operation in North America. Shoreline Fruit – launched by two sets of brothers, Bob and Don Gregory along with Dean,...

Making It In Northern Michigan: Kalkaska Screw Products

Despite its name, there are no screws produced at Kalkaska Screw Products. “Basically, we make five different types of components, mostly for the automotive industry,” said President Kevin Schlueter. “But no screws.” From its facility just north of Kalkaska at 775 Rabourn Road, Kalkaska Screw Products (KSP)...

Making It In Northern Michigan

An under-the-radar Traverse City firm is a global leader in providing twin screw extruders to companies in 23 nations around the world. From its low-profile location on West Aero Park Court, Century Extrusion supplies equipment, training and emergency services to some 276 customers, including seven on...

Real Estate Rookies

Kyle Miller made a unique career swap when he left the high-profile, but hectic, world of sports broadcasting to get into real estate sales. “I just love working with people and helping them to find their dream home," said the Indiana native who joined Traverse City's...