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Spartan Motors to add jobs, build new plant in Charlotte

Charlotte-based vehicle manufacturer breaks ground on state-of-the-art facility that will produce up to 3,000 specialty vehicles annually and create up to 100 new jobs. 

Lansing's Eastside to become home to destination brewpub restaurant this summer

Local restaurant and catering company enters agreement to open a Mid-Michigan brewpub restaurant, and becomes an exclusive licensee of one of the state's most popular regional craft beers. 

Lucky 7 Motor Sports takes on details for time-pressed motorists

Everyday drivers yearning to restore showroom shine to their road-weary ride can find expert detailing through a small motor repair shop on the edge of North Lansing. 

Veteran Old Town resident opens professional office center, invites start-ups to join the district

Entrepreneurs or small business owners looking to make their home in Old Town will find affordable space adjacent to the heart of the district beginning this spring. 

Bloom Coffee Roasters set to spill the beans in Old Town

Roasters get ready to open the doors in Old Town and create a peaceful place for lovers of caffeinated, single-source brews. 

West Coast music producer brings skills home to Michigan to open new academy

Muskegon native Brian Roth builds successful career as a composer and sound producer in L.A., then brings it on home to Michigan to share knowledge and skills with young musicians at his new Grand Ledge academy. 

Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale commits to larger home on East Side

Two brewers with a community-minded vision start renovating space for a microbrewery and distillery on Lansing's East Side.

Boys and Girls Club breaks ground on new teen center with gift from Jackson National Life

Jackson National Life provides major gift toward building a new teen center for Lansing's Boys and Girls Club.

The Robin Theatre takes flight with musical and performance acts

A husband-wife team reclaim a foreclosed property in Lansing's REO Town and take flight with Lansing's newest black-box theatre.

SkyVue Project erases blight, brings promising vision to Michigan Avenue

City leaders enlist Georgia developer to build a gateway to Lansing's future Miracle Mile.

Mitten State Malt to provide local flavor for area craft brewers

Michigan craft brewers can shorten their commute to find locally sourced malt when an Okemos entrepreneur opens Mid-Michigan's first malt house this winter. 

Origami Rehab on track with $3.5 million expansion

Slated for a spring opening, a major expansion to a non-profit in Mason will provide additional space, services and independent living programs for people living with traumatic brain injuries.

Iorio's Gelateria brings a little bit of Italy to East Lansing's southern edge

A brother-sister team inspired by family heritage has brought a taste of Italy to East Lansing in the form of European-style coffee and sweet treats with Iorio's Gelateria.

Farmer and meat-cutter goes to market with new Olivet store

Greg Saltzman is bringing the great outdoors to the city. Or at least to the small town of Olivet.
In mid-May, Saltzman and his wife Karen opened Whitetail Farms Fresh Market near the Olivet College athletics complex. The 6,400-square foot market at 4506 W. Butterfield Road features 1,600 square feet of food sales area, plus an in-house smoke and meat processing area. The new custom-build market expands on the family's decades of experience in meat processing, farming, hunting and just plain country living.
"We're gearing the market toward anyone within an 80- to 100-mile radius and we got something for everybody," Saltzman says. "We're not a big box story, and I'm into service and helping my customers find what they need when they walk in."
The Whitetail Farms Fresh Market is a spin-off of Saltzman's legendary Whitetail Farms Custom Deer Processing business that he operated since 1998. After consulting with the Small Business Development Association in Lansing, Saltzman decided last year to bring the business to town and to combine it with a small grocer and butcher shop.
"My venison processing had kept growing and growing and growing," says Saltzman. "I knew I would have to change things, so I purchased the property and started to build the business there."
Saltzman grew up the son of a meat cutter in Marshall, Mich. He started in the grocery business as a teen in 1975, and worked his way up from stocking shelves at the local Feldpausch to working in the meat department. He stayed in the business for nearly 30 years, then had the opportunity to help his wife run her father's farm. An avid hunter, he began processing wild meats, growing cash crops and raising beef cattle. After building a following of close to 800 customers, he knew it was time to take his business to the next level.
Whitetail Farms Fresh Market carries produce and grocery items that compliment the sales of fresh beef, pork and poultry. Customers will find marinades, seasonings and sauces, as well as regional produce, and can also call on him to process venison and other wild game on the premises.
Saltzman decked out the interior like a "man cave," carrying over the earth tones of the exterior and adding taxidermy decor in the form of a buffalo head and standing bear. He brought four employees from his previous facility and hired 9 more. He hopes to add more people and begin processing livestock in early 2016.
"I love the meat business," says Saltzman. "And I love my customers. I'm a farmer and a hunter and there's lots of stuff to talk about."
Source: Greg Saltzman, Owner, Whitetail Farms Fresh Market
Writer: Ann Kammerer, News Editor
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MSU Federal Credit Union breaks ground on second headquarters building

With recent membership climbing to 200,000 and employees 650 strong, the MSU Federal Credit Union has growing reason to break ground on the second building on its headquarters campus.
On June 9, MSUFCU hoisted the first spade of dirt at a ceremonial dig to commence the construction of additional headquarters space at 3777 West Road in East Lansing. When completed in 2017, the second building will be 186,350 square feet, three stories high with a basement, and have the capacity to house 564 headquarters employees over the next 10 to 12 years.
President and CEO April Clobes was among the ground-breakers. She said the recent growth of the MSUFCU is directly attributable to the employees who make members come back and refer the financial institution to others. She also pointed to the continual upgrade and addition of services that leverage modern technologies.
"We can save you money by having your loans with us, our services are convenient and customizable, and we're responsive to members," says Clobes. "You can't get that with every institution."
Clobes reports that MSUFCU has been adding about 50 to 70 employees a year, and is on pace to continue that trend for the next decade. Some of those employees, she says, will be housed at the increasing number of branches, while other will have jobs at headquarters.
About 480 employees work in the current headquarters building that opened in 2008. The new building will accommodate the growth of three of the fastest growing departments: call center, e-services like chat and messaging, and IT. The MSUFCU is also applying for LEED Gold Certification through the U.S. Green Building Council, mirroring the current building's rank as a LEED Gold Building.
"Having an environmentally constructed building is just another way to show our commitment to this community," says Clobes. "It all aligns with our mission and values."
Source: April Clobes, President/CEO, MSU Federal Credit Union
Writer: Ann Kammerer, News Editor
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