Detroit company buys Benzie shops, retains workers

BENZIE CO. - A Detroit-area company has purchased HW Jencks, a privately-held, family-run machine shop with two Benzie County locations, Frankfort and Benzonia, keeping all of the approximately 25 employees.Troy-based Ross Controls, an international manufacturer of pneumatic valves, control systems and safety products for the...

Keepin’ it in the Family

The TCBN gets up close and personal with some local families whose businesses - and blood - have withstood the test of time.Roy's General Store - Traverse CityREGION - What started as Roy's bait shop in 1958 slowly grew as the population around it grew...

Designing Woman – for Men

Lake Ann - "I was and always have been obsessed with houses and the people who live in them,"says Dorina Rudd of Lake Ann Twenty years ago, Dorina turned her fascination into Design Strategies, a successful business specializing in interior and exterior design. Recently...

Backyard Inventions Get Ready for the Big Time

Handicaptain"All I wanted to do was figure out a way to get Dad on his boat again," says Handicaptain inventor Adam Begley. When his father, a longtime boater, became wheelchair bound, Begley says he felt helpless when the rest of the family would have to...

Word of foot puts Benzie company on the map

BENZONIA - In this technology-crazed world we live in, Fernand Footwear makes shoes that are designed and handmade to fit the feet that wear them. In his small, but airy Benzonia shop just off the main drag, owner Tim McKay traces his customers' feet and...