40Under40

Movers. Shakers. Progressive community, region and economy makers. The winners of our annual 40Under40 list are exceptional folks, no doubt. By your recommendation or sheer standout star power, hundreds of nominees came to our attention for countless reasons. But as we whittled down that initial...

Nation’s Dairy Industry Sinks: Shetlers Rises to the Top

The U.S. dairy industry is in a tailspin. In the first half of 2009, pricing for Class III milk-that is, milk used to manufacture hard products like butter, nonfat dry milk and cheese-reached nearly its lowest level since 1978. Price per hundredweight, or one hundred...

Detroit’s Dive: Our Loss … or Opportunity?

Automotive honchos and some of the greatest minds in manufacturing met at the annual CAR conference at the Grand Traverse Resort in August. Their purpose? To wring their collective hands at the current state of the auto industry-and present their ideas on the best way...

Heartbreak Hotel: TC’s Whiting

That recent blow dealt to The Whiting? Nothing this hard-luck hotel hasn't seen before.TRAVERSE?CITY-When Howard Whiting first opened the doors of his eagerly anticipated downtown hotel in 1894, the solid brick exterior was its biggest selling point. Countless elegant wood hotels in Northern Michigan...

By the Light of Lasers

Employees see opportunity; boss becomes biggest customerTRAVERSE CITY- It's not every day your boss encourages you to start a new business. But in this case of employer-turned-customer, it's a symbiotic relationship that makes perfect sense.By day, brothers Ben Nelson and Geoff Niessink work for Electro-Optics...