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My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete

My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete

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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Want to work for a company that embraces healthy living? Here is one amazing example.

Ryan Leestma, owner of ISI, the new title sponsor of the Michigan Titanium,  truly embraces this philosophy. He has not only committed to support Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon for years to come as a sponsor, but also walks the talk when it comes to his employees.

Leestma has encouraged his employees to get involved with the ISI Michigan Titanium, Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon. If they do, he will not only purchase a bike for them, but will provide other equipment and personalize training to ensure they have a great race. Why? He knows that triathletes rank among the top earners, driven, successful personalities out there, according to a recent study by USA Triathlon.

My Town: New plans for former Gaslight Village restaurant

My Town: New plans for former Gaslight Village restaurant

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—New plans are in the mix for the former home of Ramona’s Table.

The owners of the former Gaslight Village restaurant have sold their space at 2232 Wealthy Street SE to the owners of Rio Grand Steakhouse in Plainfield Township.  It’s unclear if Rio Grand Steakhouse is planning to open a second restaurant, or move its current establishment at 5501 Northland Drive into the space.

Ramona’s Table moved to the corner of Squires and Bridge in Rockford, where it opened Aug 1.  The owners say their new space can accommodate more than 160 people- more than their old restaurant. Co-owner Jackie Ziehm also says Rockford also had a liquor license available, allowing Ramona’s Table to add Michigan beers and wines to its expanded farm-to-table menu.

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of nonprofit organizations that are close to the hearts of Consumers Energy employees are getting a financial boost.

The Consumers Energy Foundation recently awarded 78 grants worth $38,350 to organizations in Michigan where Consumers employees and retirees volunteer.  Last year, nonprofits in the state received more than $8 million from Consumers Energy and its employees, retirees, foundation and parent company, CMS Energy.  

The 2014 second quarter grant recipients include:

Allegan County

  • $450 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Baseball (Loren Barnes)
  • $550 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Football (Loren Barnes)

Ionia County

  • $550 to Portland Public Schools Wrestling Club (Chad Miller)

Kalamazoo County

My Town: Salon celebrates 20 years in business by giving back

My Town: Salon celebrates 20 years in business by giving back

PLAINFIELD, Mich.—A local hair salon is celebrating 20 years in business by helping sick children.

When the Plainfield Avenue Meijer closed its hair salon in 1994, employee Kristi Dochod decided to open a chair rental salon of her own in a nearby strip mall at 3910 Plainfield Ave. NE.   Classic Hair Design was born.  Dochod and her sister, who also bought into the business, opened in 12 weeks, welcoming customers and stylists from the previous salon. 

Since then, the salon has nearly doubled its workforce to 15 licensed stylists and two nail technicians.

My Town Plainfield: Township approves tax breaks for growing business

My Town Plainfield: Township approves tax breaks for growing business

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A growing business is getting a boost from the township.

The Plainfield Township Board has approved a three year tax break for AvaSure, LLC, which develops, markets and distributes technology and education tools for the medical industry.  The incentives will go toward more than $57,000 in equipment the company has purchased.

The decision came just days after the Michigan Economic Development Corporation approved a $550,000 performance based grant for Avasure, which is expected to lead to a $1.9 million investment and 100 new jobs.

Avasure is located at 6350 Jupiter NE Suite 100 in Belmont. Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the township is excited to see the local company grow and succeed, and hope to see them continue to expand in the area.

My Town: Construction on an upswing in Plainfield Township

My Town: Construction on an upswing in Plainfield Township

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Hammers and saws are busy once again in Plainfield Township, as home and business construction picks up with the improving economy.

“Plats of land that have been on hold for years are coming back to life this spring,” said Bill Fischer, community development director for Plainfield Township.  “Many of these plats already have the infrastructure built; subdivisions that have roads and utilities, water and sewer.  And now, finally, the builders are feeling confident in the market and moving forward with construction.”

From Jan. 1 through the month of April, construction crews worked on homes and businesses in the township totaling more than $5.5 million in value.  Fischer says the long winter delayed many building permit applications until late April, so that investment only reflected a few weeks of investments.

My Town Plainfield: Public hearing May 19 for company tax break

My Town Plainfield: Public hearing May 19 for company tax break

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Community members are encouraged to weigh in on a tax break request for a company that’s expanding.

AvaSure, LLC is asking for a three-year abatement on $57,500 worth of personal property, with the possibility of a five-year extension on the tax incentive.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 19 at the Township Offices, located at 6161 Belmont Avenue NE.