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Chalgian and Tripp open Midland law office

There is a new law office in Midland, located at 5820 Eastman Avenue and specializing in estate planning, special needs planning, elder law and probate litigation.

Chalgian & Tripp recently opened the doors to the new office, which will be staffed by Ramon F. Rolf Jr. and Joseph D. Weiler Jr., both of whom have previously had well-estabslihed practices in Midland and live in the area.

"We are thrilled to be opening our Midland office," says Amy Tripp. "We've been serving the needs of clients in the area for years and this development will help us to better serve our clients in the region. And, with the additions of Fred Rolf and Joe Weiler we will not only have the facilities, but the horsepower to handle the elder law and estate planning needs of Midland and surrounding communities.”

Rolf has been in the are for quite awhile, working in the areas of elder law, estate planning and estate and trust administration while Weiler began practicing law in the area in 2008 and focuses on elder law and Medicaid planning.

Chalgian & Tripp also have offices in East Lansing, Jackson, Ithaca and Battle Creek.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Chalgian & Tripp


Market opens with new name, offers Michigan-made products

The Landing convenience store on East Wackerly Street in Midland has gone upscale, changing its offerings and even its name.

The store now is The Landing Market, which reflects its new approach that highlights premium and Michigan-made foods and drinks. Beer and wine from Michigan are one focus, as are Michigan-made snacks and chips.

Other offerings include the usual party goods and convenience merchandise, but with more of a focus on local products and specialty foods. It also will contain a sandwich bar, soft-serve yogurt from the Yogurt Tap, and coffee with in-store seating.

The Landing first opened in October of 2010 and is owned by Alex Lundahl. It's open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays at 203 East Wackerly Street in Bell Plaza.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: The Landing Market

Culver's opens restaurant in Midland

A new Culver's restaurant is opening this month in Midland, the fortieth in the state. It's owned by local owner Pete Spohn, who will also welcome Culver's restaurant chain CEO Craig Culver and president and CEO of the Midland Chamber of Commerce, Sid Allen, for a ribbon cutting on July 18.

The doors will officially open a few days before that, on July 15, so Midland residents can come get a taste of the restaurant's staple menu items, handmade burgers and frozen custard desserts.

"We're thrilled to bring handcrafted, high-quality meals and desserts to the community of Midland," says Spohn. "We think it's a wonderful area and we are excited to become a contributing and active member."

Culver's of Midland will employ 67 team members and be open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Culver's of Midland

Kremin, Inc. to build new location

Saginaw-based manufacturer Kremin, Inc. announced it will start construction on a new, 19,000-square-foot facility in Frankenmuth.

The building will add 25 full-time jobs over the next two years, doubling the machined component manufacturer's employment base, and also will serve as the main operations and corporate offices of the company.

It also means expansion in terms of technology, equipment and capacity.

"We are excited about this opportunity and for the future of Kremin Inc. We look forward to working with the city of Frankenmuth and becoming a part of the community," says Mike Grossi, co-owner of Kremin Inc.

Kremin plans to move into the facility in the first quarter of 2014.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Kremin Inc.

Impact Analytical opens doors to new facility

Midland's own Impact Analytical has made the leap to a new, 17,000-square-foot facility that brings the testing laboratory more space, the most state-of-the-art equipment available, and room for more staff and services.

Impact Analytical is a full-service, contract analytical testing lab that serves many industries, including more than 300 pharmaceutical, plastics, consumer products, medical device, packaging and chemical companies.

"This facility is truly state-of-the-art for laboratory testing and expands our capacity by more than 20 percent," says Impact Analytical business manager Eric Hill. "It was designed to maximize efficiency, safety and standardization, so we are able to better serve our customer's needs. The laboratory spaces were designed specifically to match our work process."

The new building is in a new location, at 1940 N. Stark Road in Midland. It has six areas for elemental analysis, gas and liquid separation, microscopy, molecular characterization, thermal and mechanical properties, and employs 35 scientists currently, with many of those recent hires.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Impact Analytical

New Thai bistro comes to Midland

A new restaurant open in Midland offers diners a taste of something new; northern Thai cuisine with a homey style.

The Basil Thai Bistro is owned by Hugh Miller, and it's definitely a family affair, as the recipes not only derive from his Thai family's style of cooking at home, but several family members also contributed restaurant experience, cooking and décor to making the bistro a success.

Miller recently retired from the Dow Chemical Co. and had a longtime dream of opening a Thai restaurant that offered something a little different from the typical Thai food found in the United States, which usually are based around southern Thai cuisine. Instead, the recipes at Basil Thai Bistro hit on notes like basil, cilantro, chili and lemongrass.

The bistro serves a wide variety of appetizers, stir-fries, entrees, soups, curries and drinks, including popular tapioca smoothies, sometimes called bubble tea, with tapioca beads.

Basil Thai Bistro is at 225 West Wackerly Street, in Wackerly Square. It's open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, the hours are from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 4:30 to 10 p.m.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Basil Thai Bistro

New Marriott hotel opens in Saginaw

If you're looking for an extended stay in the Saginaw area and would like something with some modern amenities, you may want to consider booking a stay at the newly-opened TownePlace Suites in Saginaw, which is part of the Marriott chain of hotels.

The hotel, which opened at 5368 Fashion Square Blvd., has 73 suites and is close to Saginaw Valley State University, Nexteer and business districts.

The hotel offers an indoor swimming pool, a 24-hour fitness room, wireless internet and onsite business services. Additionally, the hotel is pet friendly and has laundry facilities for use by guests.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: DML Management Inc.

Two Bay County MDOT grants to support business growth

Bay County is among eight Michigan counties getting major economic development grants from the state Department of Transportation.

The county had two projects approved for funding; the first is at Dow Corning's Auburn site on Eleven Mile Road, which is not currently an all-season route. That causes problems for trucking and costs the company a lot of fuel and shipping money, as well as causing truck traffic congestion. MDOT will improve the road to all-season condition, helping Dow Corning maintain a $117 million investment in building two new product lines in Michigan as opposed to other sites.

The cost will be about $1.54 million including $813,000 in local matching funds.

In Williams Township, Mersen Midland will consolidate its operations in a new 90,000-square-foot building that's projected to bring 32 new jobs to the area. To support the construction, MDOT will build up Flajole Road, realign the intersection with Salzburg Road, and bring it up to large trucking standards and all-season condition, which will allow Mersen to put a freight entrance on the road. The cost is about $369,000, with about $121,000 coming from local matching funds.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Michigan Department of Transportation


SAMSA opens location in Midland


Happy's Pizza opens in Mt. Pleasant

There's a new pizza place in Mount Pleasant, as Michigan-based chain Happy's Pizza opened its doors at 1218 S. Mission Road.

Happy's Pizza and Pub offers a full bar as well as the traditional Happy's menu--like pizza, salads, chicken, ribs and seafood--and a place for Mt. Pleasant residents to watch sports games.

"We're very excited to open our first pizza and pub location in Mt. Pleasant," said Jason Curis, co-CEO for Happy's Pizza. "Mt. Pleasant is a great sports city and nothing says game day like a pizza and pub. We're always looking for ways to make our customers' experience at Happy's Pizza better and continue to grow year after year."

Happy's delivers within a five-mile radius of the restaurant and pub, which is open Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to midnight, and on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

The first Happy's Pizza opened in 1996 in Detroit. The company now has locations all over Michigan and in eight more states.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Happy's Pizza

Cardiac lab opens in Clare

MidMichigan Medical Center in Clare will be adding a new cardiac catheterization laboratory as of the end of April, which will improve heart health care in the community.

The new cardiac lab will open April 23 as part of the medical center's surgical suite. Five cardiologists in Clare will use the lab's services: invasive cardiologist Dr. Steven Gellmann; and interventional cardiologists Drs. Andy Boguszewski, Rodney Diehl, Michael Lauer and William Felten. Nurse practitioner Laura Jaime also serves as part of the MidMichigan Health heart and vascular team in Clare.

Cardiac catheterization services help doctors diagnose blockages in the heart and blood vessels, and identify the best treatments. The lab will include real-time digital imaging that can be stored by physicians for future care of each patients.

Among other renovations are two new waiting room areas in the main medical center and reconfiguration of the main lobby.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: MidMichigan Health

CMU OK's new biosciences building

A new biosciences building will grace the campus of Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, as its board of trustees approved what will be the largest capital project in the school's history.

The $89.4 million building is meant to meet increasing student demand, and upgrade the university's biosciences education and research facilities to state-of-the-art. The construction site, where the current Washington Court Apartments are located, will begin preparation in the summer of 2014, and the new building will open in the fall of 2017.

It will be four stories and a total of 158,000 square feet, and will house 40 faculty members along with classrooms, labs and an auditorium.

Another $5.8 million in costs is related to the project, including the demolition of the apartments.

CMU president George Ross says the number of biosciences majors has almost doubled in the last four years, and more than 7,500 students are enrolled in biology classes yearly.

$30 million comes from the state for the project, with the rest coming from CMU.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Central Michigan University

SAMSA, Inc. opens retail storefront in Midland

Saginaw tech company SAMSA, Inc. officially announced it's opened the doors on a new retail and walk-in location in Midland.

The SAMSA Tech Shop will expand the company's service offerings for both residential and commercial clients, and offer walk-in services for computer repair, virus removal and general system cleanup. Customers also can schedule service visits by SAMSA technicians at their home or business.

The retail part of the store, located at 229 W. Wackerly Road in Midland, also offers new laptops, desktops, tablets and accessories and ways to upgrade customers' current systems.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: SAMSA, Inc.

Northwood University to open new center in Troy

Northwood University has expanded with a new facility that just opened up in Troy last week.

The college opened a new state-of-the-art facility at 1500 West Big Beaver Road in Troy, and is part of the school's overall commitment to partnering with business and industry leaders to deliver the best in business education.

"This dynamic new facility will serve a diverse group of graduate and nontraditional undergraduate business students throughout the region," says Keith Pretty, president and CEO of Northwood "Collaborating with key business, civic and nonprofit leaders in Troy and the metro Detroit region continues to demonstrate our ongoing effort to develop the future leaders of a global free-enterprise society."

The 8,000-square-foot center will be home to MBA courses through Northwood's DeVos Graduate School of Management, as well as undergraduate courses for several business majors. There will be weekend, evening and online classes available beyond the normal class structure.

The facility also has an executive conference space and an extensive "pod" learning environment aimed at driving student and faculty interaction.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Northwood University
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