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Custom Profile called one of country's best places to work


WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Walker company is being honored as one of the best places to work in the country according to Plastics News.

The mayors of Grand Rapids and Walker made the presentation to Custom Profile Friday afternoon.

The award given out by Plastics News is decided by a survey of employees and an analysis of the company's policies, said Custom Plastics founder Sam Nicholas.

"We pride ourselves on being a family environment," Nicholas said. "We try to do right by our employees. Now a days there's a lot of special circumstances. We try to treat people like individuals. We are loyal, we expect a lot out of them, but we give a lot as a company."

Custom Profile started in 1992 with one employee. It currently has more than 165 employees at its Walker facility and 65 more at a facility in Mexico.


My Town: Grow Michigan invests $11M supporting economic growth and job creation

My Town: Grow Michigan invests $11M supporting economic growth and job creation

---NEWS RELEASE--

Grow Michigan, an investment fund founded through a joint effort of the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) and leading Michigan banks, announced five new loans totaling $11.1 million in the last quarter of 2014. Companies that received funding include:

  • Barracuda Industries, LLC, a Wixom-based specialty glass fabricator;
  • FirePros, Inc., a Grand Rapids commercial fire system and suppression services provider;
  • Michigan Custom Machines, Inc, a Novi precision machine manufacturer;
  • PF Michigan Group, LLC, the Northville-based exclusive Michigan franchisee for health and fitness facilities; 
  • Turbo Components, Inc, a Fruitport-based manufacture of turbochargers. 

Grow Michigan has now invested in 19 Michigan companies for a total of $31.8 million since May 2013. Combined with partnering loans from Michigan banks, the total funded to Michigan companies is more than $200 million.

My Town: Grand Rapids honors Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year

My Town: Grand Rapids honors Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year

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The Grand Rapids Police Department is pleased to announce its Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year for 2014. Officer Joshua Mollan and Cynthia Vanderberg were selected from nominations submitted to the Department’s Board of Awards by Service Area, Division, and Unit Commanders.

POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR

Officer Joshua Mollan

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.A group of real estate professionals have come together to create a service that is giving back to those who serve the public in the Grand Rapids area.

"U Deserve" has brought together several professionals who are dedicated to lowering costs associated with buying, selling or refinancing a home for active military members, veterans, firefighters, police officers, EMS providers, health care professionals and educators.

“Growing up with a father who served in the National Guard and as a police officer, I was able to see first-hand how much public service individuals give back to their communities,” said Kevin Wildman, founder of U Deserve.  “U Deserve is a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those individuals.”

Cold temps mean higher heating bills this month


WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) - Record cold temperatures this month might lead to some sticker shock when your heating bill arrives, but as bad as your bill may be -- imagine if you had to heat 3,000,000 cubic feet.

Joel Langlois owns and operates the DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center in Grand Rapids, and there is not a whole lot he can do to keep his heating bill down.

"We do what we can," explains Langlois. "We seal up the doors. We turn down the heat during the day when there is nobody in the building."

Heaters across West Michigan are working hard to keep homes and businesses warm, but it is coming at a cost.

"What we pay per day costs about what a small house would pay per month," Langlois said. In other words, he is heating the equivalent of 31 houses a day.

"That is just the cost of doing business," explains Langlois. "We plan for winter."

Meth lab explodes at Walker motel


WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are looking for at least one person in connection with a meth lab explosion and fire at a Kent County motel.

Fire crews were called to the America's Best Value Inn and Suites at 3 Mile Road and Alpine Avenue NW around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday. Dispatchers say a small fire was reported in one of the motel rooms but was put out with an extinguisher before firefighters arrived.

When police checked the room, they noticed components of a one pot methamphetamine lab had exploded and caught the bathroom on fire. The Kent Area Narcotic Enforcement Team and the Michigan State Police Meth Response Team were called to investigate and clean up the scene.

Walker police are investigating who was in the room at the time of the explosion.

Police say no one was injured.


Lots of salt means lots of car washing


WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Old fashioned rock salt - sodium chloride - doesn't work as well in temperatures like those recently, so many crews use calcium chloride to help clean up the roads.

It doesn't help your car, though. Calcium chloride is more corrosive than traditional rock salt. It especially impacts vehicles that already have tiny rust spots.

It all adds up to a busy time for area car washes, according to John Rudell with Millennium Car Wash.

"This time of year, you get so much grime on the vehicle, they just look horrible -- just black and grit and everything on it," Rudell said. "You come in, get a good wax put on, it helps shoot off all the salt next time around."

Car care experts recommend a car wash every two weeks in this weather to protect your investment in your vehicle.