Cornillie Concrete merges with U.S. Concrete

TRAVERSE CITY - Cornillie Concrete, a leading ready-mixed concrete supplier in northwestern Michigan, with a Detroit office, has merged with U.S. Concrete Inc., a publicly traded (NASDAQ-RMIX) company, with headquarters in Houston. Rick Deneweth, co-owner and president, says the move was prompted by the realization...

Roadblock to growth

The state's January announcement that it would not be extending the U.S. 131 freeway from Manton to Kalkaska in the "foreseeable future" certainly puts our region in the back seat in terms of long-term economic development.Over the next couple of years, the state will drop...

HUNTINGTON TO BUY EMPIRE BANC CORP.

TRAVERSE CITY - Pending federal approvals, Huntington Bancshares Inc. out of Columbus, Ohio, will buy Empire Banc Corp., the parent company of Empire National Bank in Traverse City. Once the acquisition is complete, Huntington will have more than 130 banking offices, 200 ATMs and $4.6...

Glen Craft Marina opens doors to the public

GLEN ARBOR - Sometimes tragedy can bring opportunity, both personal and professional. For Tom Aylsworth, it was a serious injury that prompted his decision to leave his position as Leelanau County prosecutor and buy Glen Craft Marina and Resort with his wife Kathy.Born and...

Kaliseum Recreation Complex: a colossal community project

KALKASKA - A lot can happen in three and a half years. Take the Kaliseum Recreation Complex, for example. It was only an idea about that long ago, shared by a few sports-oriented Kalkaska County residents. They formed a committee and approached the County Commission...

Marina operators prep for low water levels

TRAVERSE CITY - Last fall's predictions of continued decline in the level of Lake Michigan appears to be more than just water under the bridge. The predictions have, in fact, become reality. "Water levels are continuing to decline," says Christopher Wright, executive director of the...

MDEQ cracks down with criminal prosecutions for UST violations

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) recently announced a new enforcement initiative, to be launched in the very near future, that will use criminal sanctions for underground storage tank (UST) violations.In 1988, federal and state laws affecting USTs were amended, requiring changes in the...

Petoskey resident opens bank

PETOSKEY - After seven months of planning, Petoskey resident Bob Bleyaert has opened The Bank of Northern Michigan in temporary quarters in the Gaslight District. It will relocate downtown next year, but a site has not yet been chosen.With 55 local owner/investors and a local...