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Jackson Business Briefs June 27, 2022

County National Bank Expanding and Relocating in Jackson County County National Bank announced that they will be converting their current loan production office at 2001 Spring Arbor Road in Jackson to a full-service branch. This full-service branch opened last week.  A grand opening celebration will be held on July 7, 2022. CNB also announced plans to relocate the existing Spring Arbor Branch from 119 West Main Street in Spring Arbor to their recently completed location at the Village Crossing Plaza, 7845 Spring Arbor Road in Spring Arbor.  CNB will continue to provide the Spring Arbor community full-service banking with lobby, drive-thru, and ATM service at this new location beginning on July 11, 2022.   Printer Source Plus Opens Satellite Office in Albion Printer Source Plus announced the opening of a satellite office in Albion.  The new office is located at 403 S. Superior St. in the same building that houses the Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. Printer Source Plus, founded 2006 under the name Rapid Refill, is a family owned and operated office solutions business focused on high-quality, sustainable office printing and copying machines as well as ink & toner for both the commercial and residential markets. In…

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Jackson Technology Park North Groundbreaking 6-15-22 | Photo Gallery

The Enterprise Group of Jackson, Jackson County, Blackman Charter Township, and the Blackman Local Development Finance Authority hosted the Official Groundbreaking Ceremony of the new Jackson Technology Park North today.  The Jackson Technology Park North (JTPN) is the newest expansion of the Township’s Jackson Technology Park industrial/technology park created by the Local Development Finance Authority (BLDFA). 6-15-22.  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV News.  The Enterprise Group of Jackson, Jackson County, Blackman Charter Township, and the Blackman Local Development Finance Authority hosted the Official Groundbreaking Ceremony of the new Jackson Technology Park North today.  The Jackson Technology Park North (JTPN) is the newest expansion of the Township’s Jackson Technology Park industrial/technology park created by the Local Development Finance Authority (BLDFA). 6-15-22.  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV News.  Participants in the event:  Tim Rogers, President/CEO, The Enterprise Group of Jackson, EG Chairman Tim Sparks, Blackman Charter Township Supervisor Pete Jancek, Lee Shirey, U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration, Dustin Krasny, representing Congressman Tim Walberg, Nicole Whitehead, MEDC Site Development Director, Mike Overton, Jackson County Administrator. 

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CNB Announces Return of Craig S. Connor as President and CEO

(May 18, 2022 11:52 AM) CNB Community Bancorp, Inc., the parent company of County National Bank, today announced that the combined Boards of CNB and the parent company have appointed Craig S. Connor as interim President and CEO, a position that Mr. Connor previously held for 15 years prior to his retirement in 2019.  Mr. Connor comes back to these roles after the departure of John R. Waldron.  Mr. Waldron, had been with the company for 20 years, and served as a Senior Lender and, recently, as President and CEO.  Mr. Connor, who is also Chairman of the Board for CNB and the Company, stated, “John was a large part of our growth over his time here.  He was at the helm for some turbulent times in banking, and the world.  We appreciate John’s efforts in guiding the bank through those times and truly wish him the best as he moves forward.  Furthermore, we remain committed to sustaining our deep commitment to the community and to our tradition of excellence in all aspects of banking.  Finally, CNB will maintain our commitment to providing outstanding service for our customers and solid financial performance for our shareholders as our bank continues to…

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Jackson Business Briefs April 29, 2022

Lassiter Announces Departure as Henry Ford Health CEO Henry Ford Health President and CEO Wright L. Lassiter III this week announced that he will be leaving his role as the head of the health system in late July to assume the CEO role at Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health, one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the U.S. After conversations with the Henry Ford Health Board of Directors and senior leadership team, Lassiter shared the news with Henry Ford’s 33,000 team members in a personal note. “It has truly been one of the great honors of my life to lead the incredibly relentless, resilient, innovative, diverse and compassionate team that is Henry Ford Health. It has been said that when you need heroism at scale, when you are faced with a seemingly insurmountable challenge, when others say ‘no,’ you come to Henry Ford. I found this to be true – every day. I am incredibly proud of the transformative work we have done together in and across communities in Michigan and far beyond. I have no doubt that the influence and impact of Henry Ford will continue to grow and flourish long after my final day here,” said Lassiter. The Henry Ford…

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Jackson Business Briefs March 30, 2022

County National Bank Announces Promotions John R. Waldron, President and CEO of County National Bank (“CNB”), is pleased to announce the recent promotion of several members of the CNB team. Ray Briner has been promoted to Commercial Loan Officer. Ray joined County National Bank in August of 2009 and has 12 years of banking experience. He served CNB as a credit analyst and transitioned to the senior analyst position before moving into the Commercial Loan Department as a lender. Ray has served our commercial clients well, and was instrumental in assisting clients with Paycheck Protection Program loans throughout both phases of the program. Ray is very active in the community and serves on City Council in Hillsdale for Ward 4, current Secretary and Board Member of the Exchange Club (Past President), and Board Member and Treasurer of the Hillsdale County Fair.  He also volunteers at the Hillsdale High School football games taking tickets and as a softball and basketball coach for the Hillsdale Recreation Department.  Ray has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from International Business College.   Mike Jors has been promoted to Vice President – Private Banking & Retail Development Officer. Mike has been vital to growing County National…

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Jackson Business Briefs for February 25, 2022

Jackson-Based Willis and Machnik Financial Services Expands to Kalamazoo Local financial planning firm Willis and Machnik Financial Services recently announced an acquisition with Kalamazoo-based wealth management advisor, G. R. Young. Willis and Machnik was founded in 1983, with the goal of assisting clients in every aspect of their financial lives. They provide the most personal service available, thus earning a reputation for excellence in the industry. Through this acquisition with G.R Young, Willis and Machnik Financial Services will establish its presence across southern Michigan. “We knew this was an excellent match from the beginning and our client discussions only served to amplify that fact,” said G.R. Young. “On behalf of the entire Willis & Machnik family, we thank G.R. Young for honoring us with his trust and confidence.  We look forward to many wonderful years inspiring our new clients to fruitful financial conversations and complete wealth management services and solutions,” said Dan Machnik, managing partner of Willis and Machnik. Willis and Machnik is based on the principle that education and understanding of your current financial situation is vital to make prudent decisions concerning your future financial condition successfully. The acquisition enables Willis and Machnik Financial Services to share innovative wealth…

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Jackson Business Briefs for February 4, 2022

CMS Energy Names Tonya Berry Senior Vice President of Transformation and Engineering CMS Energy, and its principal subsidiary Consumers Energy, announced today that Tonya Berry is named senior vice president of Transformation and Engineering, effective immediately. Tonya previously served as the vice president of gas operations responsible for gas transmission, distribution, and the integrity of the company's gas system. With her new position, Tonya will be responsible for electric and gas engineering, as well as, resource planning, project management, environmental services and our quality department. “Tonya has demonstrated a strong commitment to serve customers, strengthened the processes we use to do our work and inspired our co-workers to deliver results during her time at Consumers Energy,” said Garrick Rochow, President and CEO of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy. “Tonya leads with joy and epitomizes our company’s triple bottom line and culture of caring for people, the planet and our state’s prosperity.” Berry has served as vice president of gas operations since 2020 and previously as vice president of operations performance. Berry has expertise in gas, engineering, and over 20 years of experience in deploying Lean methodologies to enhance quality and improve work management within gas and electric groups. Prior to…

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Jackson Business Briefs for January 21, 2022

Henry Ford Allegiance Health Welcomes New Board Members Henry Ford Allegiance Health begins 2022 with changes to its Board of Trustees, which include the addition of new Vice Chair, Daniel Phelan, Ph.D., President and CEO, Jackson College, and Cathy Hendrian, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, CMS Energy Corporation. Dr. Phelan will serve alongside Board Chair Martha Fuerstenau, President/CEO, American 1 Credit Union. He will also join both the Board Executive & Governance Committee and the Board Quality Committee. Dr. Phelan previously served on the Henry Ford Allegiance Health Improvement Organization (HIO) Committee. In addition to his role at Jackson College since 2001, Dr. Phelan chairs the Board for the Center for Community College Student Engagement and serves on the Board of Directors for the League for Innovation in the Community Colleges and the Board of Directors for the American Council on Education. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees, Cathy Hendrian will also join the Henry Ford Allegiance HIO Committee. Professionally, Hendrian is Senior Vice President of Human Resources for CMS Energy Corporation and Consumers Energy Company. Hendrian has overall responsibility for the company’s people and culture strategy. This includes cultivating a culture and creating an employee experience…

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Jackson Business Briefs December 20, 2021

Alro Plastics Acquires Johnson Plastics  Alro Plastics is excited to announce the acquisition of Johnson Plastics in Evansville, Indiana on December 17, 2021. This asset purchase will allow Alro to grow our customer base while providing improved service for cut-to-size plastic and machined parts. Johnson Plastics customers will now have access to Alro Plastics vast inventory of general engineering and high performance rod, tube, plate, sheet, and profiles. Johnson Plastics was founded in 1995, specializing in designing and engineering products to meet the needs of their customers. Their innovative product offerings include custom plastic fabrication and vacuum forming. They are a distributor of sheet and engineering plastics, plastic films, packaging products, and industrial supplies. The Johnson Plastics team led by Richie Johnson will join Alro and continue to provide quality materials and machined parts with great customer service. Alro Steel Acquires Ace Steel Alro Steel is pleased to announce the acquisition of Ace Steel in Roanoke, Virginia. This asset purchase will allow Alro to grow our customer base while providing improved service for cut-to-size metals and plastics. Ace Steel’s customers will now have access to Alro’s vast inventory including aluminum, carbon steel, stainless steel, tool steel, cast iron, red metals,…

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Jackson Business Briefs for October 11, 2021

Alro Plastics Expands with Larger Facility in Grand Rapids    Alro Plastics has moved into a new 70,000 square foot facility located at 4670 60th SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512. Please visit alro.com for a map and directions.  The larger building has expanded inventory and processing services. Grand Rapids can cut plastic sheet up to 6 inches thick x 14 feet wide x 14 feet long and rod up to 14 inches in diameter. Other plastics processing services include extrusion welding, flame polishing, heat bending, gluing, and bonding. The facility includes 2 new additional Onsrud CNC Routers to meet our customer’s per print machining needs. Cut-to-size plastics and next-day delivery is available to customers in Grand Rapids.  Alro Plastics began in 1987 in Jackson, Michigan to provide Alro Steel’s existing customers with a wide range of plastic products. Offering next day delivery and cut-to-size processing, Alro Plastics maintains a large inventory of sheet, rod, and tube in standard, engineered, and high-performance materials. Alro Steel was founded in 1948 by brothers Al and Robert Glick. Alro is focused on offering cut-to-size metals and plastics with next day delivery to 25,000 customers in North America. Alro operates over 70 locations in 12…

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