Game On

TRAVERSE CITY - Lining up his shot from the tee, Brandon Theophilus glances out over the fairway, assesses his target, then pulls back his club. The iron slices through the air, driving the ball through the air and over the undulating fairway in one swift...

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Ombudsman

The Traverse City Commission, after eliminating a few staff positions in the new budget, may now create a brand new position: the Traverse City Ombudsman. All seven commissioners reacted positively to the idea proposed by Mayor Chris Bzdok - after all, who could criticize...

40 Under Forty 2011

How do you define impact? Influence? Power? Visible, tangible change that's measured by dollars or miles or jobs? Or the evident but unquantifiable stuff that makes up - and improves - a community's quality of life? Judgingby the number of nominations made to this year's...

Automation Innovation

TRAVERSE CITY - TranTek is on track to bring in $11 million in revenue this year - nearly four times more than two years ago.Two years ago? "We were going bankrupt, just like everyone else," says company president John Wenden. "We were intent on the...

Magna to invest in Benzonia plant

BENZIE COUNTY - It's been three months since Magna International of America Inc. took over struggling Continental Industries in Benzonia, retaining some 85 jobs.And now, the stage has been set for an even brighter future for the auto supplier.In June, the Michigan Economic Growth Authority...

Make Your Manufacturing LEANer

TRAVERSE CITY - Northwestern Michigan College's Training and Research with the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center will be hosting a special three-day seminar and workshop on Toyota Kata, the practice of supporting continuous improvement, adaptation, and enhanced results at any organization. The event is being held...

Fractional Ownership Faring Well in Region

REGION - National resort sales consultant Tom Goetschius compares Tamarack Lodge on East Grand Traverse Bay to Disney World - just without the ears.Seemingly going against the grain of the rest of the housing market, the waterfront resort's fractional ownership, or shared-housing occupancy, part of...

Profile: Shane Inman

TRAVERSE CITY - The only one of eight siblings to go to college, Inman's career started with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design from Michigan State University. After graduation, he moved to the nation's hotbeds of art and design: first San Francisco, and...

Uncertainty Surrounds the Farmland and Open Space Preservation Act

When Governor Snyder unveiled his fiscal year 2011-2012 budget last March, one controversial feature was the elimination of tax credits for various industries (film industry, Brownfields, etc.). While the elimination of the Farmland and Open Space Preservation Act (PA 116) did not find its...