January 2017 E-news

January 2017 E-news

Muskegon County Homeless Continuum of Care Network Winter Point in Time Survey in Need of Volunteers

Muskegon, MI- On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, the Muskegon County Homeless Continuum of Care Network Outreach Committee is conducting the Winter Point in Time (PIT) Survey. Volunteers are needed to help our community take to the streets and help identify individuals who may be homeless and in need of services.

“We are reaching out to our community in hopes that they will join our Outreach Team in making everyone count; we as a community have to capability to make sure that all of our neighbors are able to receive help if they are in need.” states Michael Ramsey, Outreach Committee Chair.

The PIT survey is conducted nationwide by communities to help analyze the amount of people who are homeless, and to help support requests to private and public entities for funding for both housing and services, all with the goal of ending homelessness. Without the data to support the need in our community, funds for assistance programs will not be made available. We need our communities support.

“The PIT is extremely important to the work of stakeholders in this community who are committed to eradicating homelessness; it gives us pertinent data that is required to leverage federal and state funds for housing and most importantly it is an opportunity to interact with members of our community experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity and help them connect with services.” states Stevi Riel, Executive Director of the Muskegon Community Health Project.

What: Muskegon County Homeless Continuum of Care Network Winter Point in Time Survey

When: Wednesday, January 25th at 8 p.m.

Where: 565 W. Western Ave. Muskegon, MI, 49440

Volunteers and community members can enjoy a warm cup of soup and meet the Outreach Team before conducting the survey at specific localities in Muskegon County.

If your agency or organization provides services to the homeless/at-risk population and would like to get involved, please contact Michael Ramsey at

About the Muskegon County Homeless Continuum of Care Network:  The MCHCCH is a Muskegon Community based organization that is supported by neighboring health and community-based organizations. Its main goal is to end homelessness in Muskegon County, and to provide resources and services to the poor and homeless. For more information, visit

Holland SAF to cease Muskegon, Holland production, invest in Muskegon

MUSKEGON, MI – Holland SAF will close its production facilities in Muskegon and Holland within 18 months.

The move is part of a consolidation effort due to weak North American truck and trailer markets, according to a release.

The Luxembourg-based company is a manufacturer and supplier of chassis-related systems and components primarily for trailers, trucks, buses and recreational vehicles, according to the release. It has about 3,100 employees around the world.


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Tickets on Sale for the Mona Shores Middle School Production of Elf, Jr., The Musical

January 18, 2017-Reserved seating tickets are available January 19th-February 4th, 2017 for Mona Shores Middle School Allegrettos production of the musical Elf, Jr. Showtime is 7 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, February 2nd-4th at The Mona Shores High School Performing Arts Center, 1121 Seminole Road in Norton Shores, MI. Tickets can be purchased for $10 each at (search MSMS Allegrettos presents Elf, Jr.). Tickets can also be purchased at the door each show night, beginning at 5:30. For further ticket information call 231-343-4822 or visit Ages 3 & under are free on an adult’s lap.


Based on the cinema hit, Elf, this musical production features songs by Tony Award-nominees, Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, and a book by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin. Kyle Cain, Mona Shores Middle School Choir Director says, “With the enthusiasm of Buddy, the elf, I have to say “You’ll love it, you’ll love it, you’ll LOOOOOVE it!” Like the movie, the story of Buddy’s search for his father is much more than a heartwarming tale of a family reunion. It is a delightful reminder of how important it is to believe in the spirit of Christmas all year long. It is fun for adults and kids of all ages, so bring the whole family. Our students look forward to dazzling the community with the magic of Mona Shores performing arts.”


Who:     Lakeshore Home Builders Association


What:   Annual Membership Meeting


When: January 19, 2017 –5:30pm


Where: City Flats Hotel Events Center


Why:     Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of serving the residential building industry


The Lakeshore Home Builders Association will mark its 50th Anniversary serving the residential building industry at its Annual Membership Meeting on January 19th at the City Flats Hotel. Members will celebrate the successes of the Association, meet several of the founding members, and will recognize those member Companies that have been HBA Members for 50 years.


50-Year HBA Members are:


Holkeboer Builders Inc.

Nyhof Homes

Overisel Lumber Company

V & S Siding/Riemersma Roofing

Macatawa Bank

Michigan Tile Inc

Standard Lumber and Kitchens

Pavers Plus of Holland

Greg A Windemuller Builders

Bremer and Bouman Heating & Cooling

Vander Meulen Builders Inc.

Brewer City Dock

Zeeland Lumber & Supply

Busscher Septic Tank & Excavating Service

Haveman Electric Services

DeLeeuw Lumber

Hollandia Outdoors

DeWaard Interiors



About the Lakeshore Home Builders Association

The Lakeshore Home Builders Association is a non-profit trade association representing the residential building Industry along West Michigan’s Lakeshore from South Haven to Muskegon. Affiliated with the Home Builders Association of Michigan and the National Association of Home Builders, our members represent “the best of the best” in residential construction, remodeling, and repair. HBA members stay up to date on the latest, trends, innovations, and code requirements.


The Home Builders Association is recognized and respected as the leading voice for the residential building industry and the value of home ownership. If you need a referral for a building professional, have questions about home maintenance or repair, need information on checking a builder’s license or how to file a complaint, look no further than the Lakeshore Home Builders Association.

Two West Michigan CPA Firms Announce Merger

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (January 13, 2017) – Two West Michigan CPA firms announced a merger effective January 1, 2017. The Grand Haven firm of Walburg+Associates PC has joined with Brickley DeLong PC, which has offices in Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Hart. This merger will add a fourth office location for Brickley DeLong expanding their regional footprint and industry niches.


“Walburg+Associates has a solid reputation of success in the community,” said Donald E. Swick, Managing Partner of Brickley DeLong. “Their focus in the construction industry will strengthen our presence in that practice area.”


The downtown Grand Haven location will allow Brickley DeLong to better serve the Lakeshore and Ottawa County markets.


“The combination of our complementary teams of talented individuals, who are dedicated to providing exceptional client service, will bring growth to our Firm, service lines, and industry niches” Swick added. “Walburg+Associates has demonstrated admirable leadership over the years, and we are excited to benefit from their knowledge.”


“We did an extensive search looking for a firm to partner with that shares the same client-driven values that we have” said Curt Walburg. “We found just the right fit with Brickley Delong.”


About Brickley DeLong PC
Brickley DeLong, a full-service public accounting and business consulting firm. The Firm just celebrated its fortieth year serving the West Michigan community.  In 1975, the Firm began operations in Muskegon, MI. In 1993 they opened an office in Oceana County; and, in 2011, they added a Grand Rapids office. The Firm offers tax, audit, business consulting, business valuation, bookkeeping, payroll, and job placement services. They serve a variety of industries including: international, manufacturing, construction, education, healthcare, government, and not-for-profit.


For more information:

Jennifer R. Kloosterhouse

Director of Marketing, Recruiting, Retention

Brickley DeLong PC

P: (616) 608-8532

F: (616) 608-8533

DynaCon Radius Turn Conveyors Take a Tight Turn

Dynamic Conveyor’s radius turn conveyors offer a new design that fits in a small footprint


Dynamic Conveyor recently re-designed the narrow DynaCon radius turn conveyors for conveyance of product around tight corners.  The redesigned radius turn conveyors allow small parts or packages to be conveyed in a reduced footprint on 4” to 10” wide conveyors with lateral turns.  DynaCon radius turn conveyors can be designed with one or numerous opposing turns that run the gamut from 5o to 180o.


Money can be saved by using one drive motor on long running conveyors with or without several opposing lateral turns.  Reconfiguring when needs change is another money saving feature of the DynaCon radius turn conveyors.


All DynaCon conveyors are constructed of modules that connect and reconnect to form systems of varying lengths and profiles.  Conveyor modules can be configured and reconfigured, like Lego® building blocks, allowing for conveyor system flexibility.  In addition to lateral turns, conveyor configurations can include flat or horizontal styles and inclines and declines used in creating angle and z-style conveyors.  The DynaCon modular conveyor system is offered in a variety of widths ranging from 4” to 60”.

The DynaCon line includes reconfigurable conveyors, parts separators, box filling and accessories that boast easy reconfiguration when needs change.

To learn more about DynaCon radius turn conveyors; view the video, visit or call 1.800.640.6850.




COLUMBUS, Ohio – Financial research firm Greenwich Associates recently named Huntington one of the top banks for businesses nationally with the presentation of Greenwich Best Brand Awards for ease of doing business with middle-market companies and small businesses and for trust earned among middle-market customers.


The awards complement Huntington’s receipt of Greenwich Excellence Awards for Wealth Management and Personal Investment Services for Overall Satisfaction, Customer Service and Client Likelihood to Recommend. Together, both sets of awards reflect consistent quality across the continuum of services spanning the business relationship to the personal side of business owners’ relationships with Huntington.


“We’re grateful to work with more than 200,000 businesses and owners,” said Rick Remiker, commercial banking director at Huntington. “Earning high marks from them for ease of doing business and trust is enormously gratifying and speaks to our colleagues’ significant commitment and effort to help them grow and perform.”


Only 17 middle-market banks had distinctive brands among more than 750 evaluated by Greenwich Associates. Middle-market results were determined based on interviews with more than 11,500 businesses with sales of $10 million to $500 million across the country. Only 18 small business banks had distinctive brands among more than 750 evaluated by Greenwich Associates. Small business results were determined based on interviews with more than 12,000 businesses with sales of $1 million to $10 million across the country.


Greenwich Excellence Awards Methodology

Greenwich Excellence Award winners were determined at a national level and in four geographic regions: Midwest, Northeast, South, and West.

To qualify for consideration for the national awards, each winning bank had to have a minimum of 50 clients that responded to the study. To qualify for regional awards, each winning bank had to have a minimum of 30 clients responding in the region. To qualify for mid-corporate national awards, banks had to have a minimum of 30 clients responding to the study.

Greenwich Excellence Award selection is based on top box ratings on Greenwich Associates’ five-point evaluation scale. The banks selected must receive a statistically significant proportion of “Excellent” ratings relative to the overall mean (at a 95 percent confidence level).


About Huntington

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, with $101 billion of assets and a network of 1,103 branches and 1,979 ATMs across eight Midwestern states. Founded in 1866, The Huntington National Bank and its affiliates provide consumer, small business, commercial, treasury management, wealth management, brokerage, trust, and insurance services. Huntington also provides auto dealer, equipment finance, national settlement and capital market services that extend beyond its core states. Visit for more information.

Development proposals sought for downtown Muskegon city-owned lot

MUSKEGON, MI – Developers are being sought for a key piece of downtown property owned by the city of Muskegon.

The city has issued a request for development proposals for the lot at the corner of West Western Avenue and Jefferson Street. The city purchased the lot for $1 from Jon Rooks’ Parkland Properties, which is renovating the eight-story former bank building next door.

Rooks originally planned to build 24 market-rate apartments on the vacant property, but has since dropped those plans.


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Arenacross defending champion to meet with lakeshore kids January 13


What:             AMSOIL Arenacross and Babbitt’s motorsports will host members of the Boys and Girls Club of the Muskegon Lakeshore (BGCML) at an open house event Friday, January 13 from 5                           to 6 p.m.  BGCML kids will have a chance to meet Team Babbitt’s, the 2016 defending Arenacross champions, view the Ricky Carmichael Cup, and see what life is

like for professional riders. There will be demonstrations of the riders’ bikes, and a tour of the riders’ rig and living quarters.

Riders:            Team Babbitt’s riders: Gavin Faith, Jacob Hayes and Chris Blose

Lindsey Alkire, AMSOIL Arenacross spokesperson


When:            Friday, January 13

Time:              5-6 p.m.

Where:           Babbitt’s
425 West Western Ave. #308

Muskegon, MI 49440


Contact:         To RSVP to the press conference or for more information on the event, please contact Chris Zoladz, SeyferthPR at 616.776.3511

Other ways to get involved

Volunteer for the Lakeshore Art Festival

A unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food and fun along the shoreline in historic Downtown Muskegon. More than 300 artists and crafters will be showcased with fine art in the park, crafts, children’s activities and Michigan food market – all wrapped up in a huge downtown street party atmosphere!   Come out and join us on July 7th,  and July 8th, 2017.

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Join Watch Muskegon

Muskegon has more to offer than ever before. Join the conversation, movement and Watch Us Go!

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