Traverse City innovators sail through turbulent times

Traverse City - Here is some advice for companies interested in innovation: Don't just wait for the proverbial flash of inspiration. Build up expertise in your chosen area, too. That, at least, is the lesson that can be drawn from a number of technologies and...

Employee Free Choice Act looms

A "drastic realignment of power" in favor of labor over management will result if current labor legislation known as the Employee Free Choice Act is passed, warned one local employment attorney. "Usually when you have new legislation, it's to fix something that's broke," said Allen...

Fox settles in at TC dealership

TRAVERSE CITY - With the economy in a downturn, it might seem an odd time for a company to expand into northern Michigan. But that is precisely what has happened with Fox Grand Traverse. "Northern Michigan is growing by leaps and bounds, and we knew...

Wind & Wine: Turbine, solar to power up vineyard

LEELANAU CO. - Randy Woods has the perfect property for installing a wind turbine. Woods built Wooden Fish Vineyard six years ago on a high ridge off Hohnke Road in Leelanau County. He had always envisioned the land to be perfect for growing grapes with...

High-tech turbine catches on

TRAVERSE CITY - "Power to the People!" is the slogan for Garth Ward's Traverse City-based company, Michigan Wind Power (MWP).Ward has become one of the first dealers in the country selling a more advanced form of wind turbine to individual households. With Ward's help, individuals...

Company looks to pave the way to more earth-friendly asphalt

TRAVERSE CITY - In a business that's considered far from green - black, in fact - one company in the Grand Traverse area is leading the way with an earth-conscious philosophy. For 14 years, SureSeal has been using an environmentally-friendly asphalt emulsion sealing product. The most...

Greening the office: Consider the computers

We've all heard about going paperless and buying more efficient vehicles to cut costs and reduce our businesses' carbon footprint. But consider this: energy use from office equipment has surpassed lighting in most office environments, accounting for 30 to 40 percent of the electricity bill....

Corwin gives houses a breather, cuts costs

TRAVERSE CITY - Tom Corwin makes his living by venting.It's got nothing to do with the fact he's a licensed minister. It's got everything to do with how he's saving people money on their utility bills.Corwin and his wife, CeeJay, have spent eight years developing...

Got IT issues? New software might be a cure

TRAVERSE CITY - Physicians and health care providers might be able to increase mobility and technology while streamlining their time thanks to new integration software just hitting the northern Michigan market. Traverse City-based Integrated Systems Consultants (ISC) is introducing a "gateway" product that promises...