December 29, 2010 As 2010 winds down to a close, we take an opportunity to reflect on the stories that shaped our communities over the past 12 months.
While the economic situation continues to present challenges to area residents and businesses, a glance at this headline stories reflects a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel and appears to bode well for our rural communities and lifestyle.
Though a fire took out a manufacturing facility at Champion Bus, the longtime area employer rose from the ashes with a bigger, better building, keeping pace with orders throughout the rapid rebuilding process.
Another local employer and success story—Pirrone's Produce—recently expanded with a modern addition in a business that supports area growers and literally brings food to tables across the state.
Another ag-related company—Pinnacle Food's Vlasic Plant in Imlay City—reported record sales this year. Vlasic relies on area growers to provide the produce for their popular pickles, peppers and other products.
Though it was touch-and-go during the auto industry restructuring after the federal government "bailout," Milnes Chevrolet retained their place on GM's roster of dealerships, which reflects well on Milnes and the community who supports the longtime dealer as well.
Recently we've reported on a planned expansion at the Imlay City Kroger store, and yet another option for shoppers 'Grocery Outlet & More' opened and continues to be a valuable resource to the community.
As the door closes on 2010, these success stories seem to point to a more promising 2011. It is our sincere wish to be able to continue to report stories that reflect that promise.