Brands, Banners and The 4,000-Pound Box

Traverse City-based Britten, Inc. ships more packages around the world than you. It's an easy assumption, given that the banner and sign maker shipped 46,000 packages last year and ranks third among all FedEx customers from northern Grand Rapids to Sault Saint Marie. And though its...

Banking Market Share: Who’s Gaining, Who’s Not?

By Luke Haase Things have changed a lot in the past two decades of northern Michigan banking. Gone are names like First of America, NBD, Republic, North Country, and others. Some banks have changed hands (and names) multiple times, like NBD-turned-Bank One-turned-Chase. So which bank is biggest...

The True Believer

Love him or hate him. Grant Parsons doesn’t really care. He takes the cases nobody wants or can win. He fights for the families of prisoners who hung themselves and fights against companies of any size. Heck, he’ll sue his own city or go against...

Northwestern-To-Chemical Bank Transition On Track

What’s yellow and black, soon to be green and white all over? Bank leaders say Northwestern Bank’s conversion to Chemical Bank is on track for a likely August completion. Midland-based Chemical announced the purchase of Northwestern in March; as the closing of the deal now approaches,...

Q&A with Steve Cassens

Steve Cassens has led Cherry Capital Airport since 1978 - an eternity in the rapidly changing aviation business. He's retiring this month, and he spent a few moments with the TCBN talking airfares, changes in Traverse City, and more.BN: What was the airport like...

Local Auto Sales: On the Rebound?

REGION - Over the last several years in northwest Michigan we've seen the rise of full-size SUVs; Tahoes, Escalades and Hummers were all the rage. Today, none are among the top 15 sellers locally. We also witnessed the booming of Kias (two years ago, three...

Who will Claim Ford Country?

TC's long-established Bill Marsh auto family has purchased a Ford dealership just 27 miles away from powerhouse Fox Grand Traverse. As Ford's fortunes rise, is this town big enough for both of them?REGION - Just three years ago, General Motors and Toyota were the giants...

2008: Year of the Used Car? Local auto dealers see shift in sales

Traverse City - Overall car and truck sales were down 35 percent July-September in Traverse City, according to industry numbers compiled by the TCBN. But you won't find local dealers driving off a cliff, particularly those dealers who specialize in used car sales. Our annual snapshot of...

Q&A with TC auto dealers

Otto Belovich, Cherry Capital/Traverse MotorsWilliam Chichester, Williams Chevrolet and Williams KiaMike Marsh, Bill Marsh Automotive GroupGary Moss, Grand Traverse AutoQ: Is anyone buying cars in this economy?Marsh: To date they have been. Our year-to-date is down very little. However, with all the news, you always...