We are so thrilled to begin another great year at the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber of Commerce. I know that 2018 is going to be fantastic for the Downriver region. I hope you had a great Christmas and holiday season. (read more…)
In the Downriver area, we have a variety of professional services available to serve you, but featured here are special professionals that provide service excellence in our business community. One thing these specialists seem to have in common is that they run organized, successful and customer-service-orientated operations. These experts are leaders in their perspective fields and you can rely on them to go over and beyond for superior advice and prompt, reliable service. (read more…)
BY BRIAN RZEPPA
Once known as McKee’s Pet Store, a new development taking shape in downtown Trenton will serve to continue to revitalize the area and, once renovations are complete, will improve the overall curb appeal of the site.
Trust One Investment Inc., the property’s owner, is in the process of building a multiuse space that will feature commercial development on the main floor and a loft apartment above.
A representative of Trust One noted that the project should be complete in March or April of 2018, and also added that it has been a project that has been years in the making. (read more…)
Expert Heating & Cooling, a Taylor based company owned by Trenton resident Mark Angellotti, has been named a recipient of the prestigious 2017 President’s Award from Carrier.
The award provides recognition for outstanding dealers in the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning industry. Dealers were honored at a ceremony held in New Orleans earlier this year.
One of Carrier’s highest honors for its dealers, the President’s Award is given to Carrier Factory Authorized Dealers who achieve excellence in product promotions and delivered superior customer satisfaction. Recipients of this award represent the very best in operational excellence, business effectiveness and delivering innovative technology to consumers.
Expert Heating & Cooling demonstrates technical expertise, while also serving as a leader in promoting the Carrier brand and raising the standard for equipment sales. The company exemplifies service excellence and provides exceptional customer care.
Expert Heating & Cooling was founded in Trenton in 1975 on the principals of quality, integrity, and service. Since opening, the business has expanded to serve a wider variety of HVAC needs across the Metro Detroit area. (read more…)
BY BRIAN RZEPPA
After a fire wiped away the building that was home to Herb Garden and Violeta’s Tailoring, the building’s owners are looking to bring it back better than ever at some point next year.
Purchasing the building in the late 1990s, the Callis family was struck with a few heavy blows during the later portion of last year. Serafim Callis, the patriarch of the family, died in July and just a few months later the building went up in flames.
Kostas Callis, who will be operating the new Trenton site and also runs the Auburn Cafe in Ecorse, noted that the fire, while very damaging, could have been much worse.
“After my father passed away my mother sold their house and she stored a lot of stuff in the building because her new place wasn’t ready to move in yet, Callis said. “When the fire happened we were devastated thinking that all of these heirlooms would be completely destroyed.”
“We later found out that the spot that had all of my mom’s things wasn’t all that affected by the fire. My mom was heartbroken though and I was heartbroken for her, but thankful that no one was hurt.” (read more…)
Dot Com marks 15 years
From a start-up business in 2002 to a complete online marketing company with a portfolio of over 800 websites, Linda Francetich is celebrating the 15th anniversary of her web design business, Dot Com Web Productions LLC.
Before starting her business, Francetich did not have any computer experience, other than turning her ancient DOS-based IBM 386-SX on and off to transcribe legal deposition documents. She had spent 15 years as a court reporter until a “disaster” in 1997 when she crashed her computer and inadvertently learned how to fix it herself.
She said that exploration led her to the business she still runs today — a business that many Downriver businesses turn to when they need an online presence. (read more…)
Do you know where this is?
Photo Caption: The business location pictured above can be found some-where within the boundaries of Trenton or Grosse Ile. Do you think you know what it is? If you do, please email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All correct answers will be entered into a random drawing. The winner will receive a $20 TV’s Deli Diner gift card. The entry deadline is 9 a.m., June 15. Last month’s Mystery Location was KDI Kitchen & Bath, 2100 West Road, Trenton. The winner of the TV’s gift card was Chris Jakubek of Grosse Ile.
Yes, I admit it and I embrace the fact that I am a born-and-bred Downriver girl. Some think there is also a connotation that goes along with that. Some may think we are not as sophisticated as those born and bred in other counties of Michigan.
We do not have a Somerset collection in our region or a Trader Joe’s because of those who believe that our collective spending index is too low to warrant such luxuries. But what Downriver does have to offer is real. Real families, real business values and real issues that are being solved through cooperative efforts in Downriver groups that other counties and governments cannot even fathom in comparison.
Before I had children, my business was comprised of clients from Sault St. Marie, Mich., to Toledo Ohio. Looking for a little less drive time once the boys came along, I decided my marketing consulting niche would be the Downriver area. While other business associates wondered how I could survive without expanding to include other areas, I was growing my business and decreasing my mileage by sticking with exclusive marketing for Downriver companies.
Downriver organizations were recently described to me by a Southfield resident attending an event with me at Crystal Gardens as “the most friendly, down-to-Earth people to work with.” And in my perception, this is so true. Downriver has been “very, very good” to me, for my family and my business.
When we started the Trib in 2009, we were told we may be a bit foolish as the newspaper industry was a dying breed, especially in other Michigan counties. But then again, we started this business with the only intention being to bring better communication to people in the area and if we just broke even for a bit, we were willing to make that investment. We have hired and contracted with other Downriver-ites through the years who feel the same way and we have had the good fortune to provide work and commerce within our little niche.
These past few months it seems that either due to lack of local news or perhaps our own home town enthusiasm may have sparked a niche media trend. We see other small town publications are popping up. Of course, this is America and competition is always good to keep you on your toes. So be assured that we will continue to go over and above for our advertisers as well as find the most interesting and relevant, feel good news in our community.
My partner Joe Hoshaw and I have made vast strides to build relationships, create value and make investments in the Downriver area in the last eight years of our publication. We have always believed in going further than what our readers and advertisers expect and it always comes back to us two-fold. Sometimes it comes back so we can pay bills, sometimes it is based in true satisfaction, like when someone is totally thrilled with a story you wrote about them or an ad that brings in a windfall of cash to an advertiser.
This past month we attracted a new advertiser who has never had to or wanted to advertise before. They simply wanted to just support our efforts because they liked what we are doing. Now that type of support and authentication is what I think Downriver is all about.
Kathy Kane is business manager and co-publisher of the Trenton Trib. Contact her at email@example.com or (734) 676-0850. Comments and story ideas also can be emailed to the Trib at firstname.lastname@example.org
BY SHEILA R. McAFEE
A month into the West Road construction project, businesses and motorists are adjusting to life in the slow lane without too much complaint.
The $3.4 million project, expected to last through November, has traffic down to one lane in each direction from Fort Street to Allen Road as Wayne County oversees road resurfacing and the improvement of sidewalk ramps, bridges and guardrails along the three-mile stretch of road.
“I think people are dealing with the inconvenience,” said Mayor Kyle Stack. “We haven’t had a lot of complaints from residents because I think they know how much the work had to be done.” (read more…)
Family-run firm adapts with times
David Moxlow, the second-generation owner of Trenton Forging Co., first took an interest in the family business at age 10, initially retrieving parts dropped into spaces too small for the adult workers to fit into.
One could say his role with the company grew from there. Early on he specialized in tying steel re-rod bars together, and then he worked every station in the plant, eventually taking over for his father, company founder George Moxlow, in 1982.
David Moxlow’s wife, Renee, worked at the business for 26 years as the head of human resources until she retired four years ago. His son, Dane, and daughter, Chelsea, have also had experiences at the business. Dane is still involved when he can, as he also created his own business, the Detroit Motion Co., which handcrafts functional art and customized vehicles. Chelsea is the health educator for Livingston County.
The forging industry has been coming out of the “Dark Ages” for some time.
“We are just trying to expedite the process with modern technology and a new mindset of developing our greatest asset – our people,” Moxlow said. “We currently build the robotics components for floor robots at Amazon and we are augmenting our (Faro Scanning) Blue Light Laser Scanning technology with 3D printing technology to use when reverse engineering or creating new products for our customers. We can bring the product to “life” with three-dimensional plastic models made overnight.” (read more…)