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50 Best Yachting Towns: Muskegon ranks 23rd on national list from Yachting magazine

Published: Friday, September 07, 2012, 10:05 AM    

MUSKEGON, MI – Muskegon was named the 23rd “best yachting town” by Yachting
magazine in a list of the 50 top yachting destinations in the nation.

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Marge Beaver | Muskegon ChronicleThis aerial photo shows the Muskegon harbor
entry from Lake Michigan and the Muskegon Channel into Muskegon Lake. Just to
the south of the harbor entry is the city of Muskegon's Pere Marquette Park,
which received rave reviews from Yachting magazine.

One of the nation’s oldest and most respected recreational boating
publications ranked Muskegon the second best yachting town in Michigan, just
below Harbor Springs at 20 and third best on the Great Lakes, which was led by
tiny Bayfield, Wis., on Lake Superior.

In its September edition, Yachting wrote, “Muskegon is adjacent to Lake
Michigan on the west and Muskegon Lake to the north. The 10 marinas here boast
upwards of 3,000 slips.”

As impressive as Muskegon’s 23rd ranking in
the magazine’s 2012 list
is, the port communities that were ranked below
Muskegon are revealing. Yachting magazine in its online article of the best
yachting towns did not indicate how it came up with the list or what criteria
were used.

YACHTING'S BEST YACHTING TOWNS

1. Beaufort, N.C.

2. Amelia Island, Fla.

3. Anacortes, Wash.

4. Annapolis, Md

5. Astoria, Ore.

6. Bayfield, Wis.

7. Beaufort, S.C.

8. Rock Island, R.I.

9. Boothbay, Maine

10. Camden, Maine

20. Harbor Springs, Mich.

23. Muskegon, Mich.

44. South Haven, Mich.

48. Traverse City, Mich.
Source: Yachting magazine, September 2012 edition

However, Muskegon ranked above South Haven (44) and Traverse City (48) the
other Michigan ports on the Yachting list. It also was listed above Nantucket,
Mass. (25), Newport, R.I. (28), San Diego (39), San Francisco (40) and St.
Augustine, Fla. (45).

Yachting certainly did not discriminate against smaller, out-of-the-way
ports. Although the top 10 included Amelia Island, Fla. and Annapolis, Md., it
also had Bayfield at No. 6. The No. 1 yachting town in America is Beaufort,
N.C., the magazine said.

Located on Lake Superior at the mouth of the Chequamegon Bay, Bayfield is a
community of 600 year-round inhabitants. Known as a port with a New
England-feel, Yachting praised the fishing and sailing in Bayfield.

In Muskegon, it was all about the beaches.

“Known for some of the best beaches in Michigan, Pere Marquette beach is the
crown gem of this town,” Yachting’s article reads. “Its natural white sand beach
and cool clear water has attracted many professional beach volleyball
tournaments. The immaculate condition of the beach has earned it a spot on the
Clean Beaches Council’s ‘certified clean beaches’ list.”

The short write-up that was part of the magazine’s cover story for this month
concludes: “Michigan’s Adventure Amusement Park is a popular local attraction
for younger people.”

Yachting magazine was founded in 1907 and is published from Middletown, R.I.
It has a circulation of 120,000 for its printed magazine and an active online
presence.

The upscale publication that is known for its advertisements for
million-dollar motoryachts for sale, covers the boating scene from yacht
reviews, maritime technology, exotic charters, current events and the history of
the sport, according to the magazine.

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Muskegon Retail Incubator focused on downtown redevelopment, new business start-ups

Published: Thursday, August 23,
2012, 7:19 AM

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MUSKEGON, MI – The nonprofit Muskegon Retail Incubator Inc. has organized to
become a key player in the redevelopment of downtown Muskegon and the creation
of the businesses that will make it happen.

Unruly Russell BlockDave Alexander |
Muskegon ChronicleThe Russell Block Market is at 360 W. Western in downtown Muskegon.

So for a community that prides itself on being the
“beer tent capital of the world,” it’s probably encouraging that the fledgling
business development organization builds its foundation with
the launching of the Unruly Brewing Co
.

MRI has leased the main and lower levels of the Russell Block Building, 360
W. Western to provide a market-style space for retailers and food vendors. The
“anchor” tenant in the Russell Block Market will be the “community brewing”
company that organizers hope will draw other food and beverage tenants.

But MRI is more than just a leasing agency for the Russell Block Market. As
an incubator organization, MRI hopes to find those wanting to start small
retail, food or beverage businesses, get their businesses organized and have
them locate in the downtown.

 

TerryMacAllister.JPGTerry MacAllister

“What was the central business district must now reinvent itself to become a
new destination for unique, small, specialty retail shops,” said Terry
MacAllister, president of the MRI board, about the downtown transition from the
former Muskegon Mall to a more traditional downtown layout.

MacAllister is in the public relations and advertising sector and was the
co-chairman of the Imagine Muskegon downtown planning project.

MRI will partner with existing agencies and business development programs
such as SCORE business counselors, the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce,
e-Merge, Downtown Muskegon Now and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. The
idea is to get the new business owners the training and assistance they need to
give them the best chance to succeed in business, MacAllister said.

MRI is leasing the Russell Block Building to
create a “critical mass” of businesses. The Russell Block Market is adjacent to
the Century Club Center, which has a group of similar start-up retail
businesses. MRI Executive Director Eileen McCormick helped establish the Century Club and has
worked with the launching of many of those outlets
.

McCormick said as the Russell Block Market opens by the end of the year, MRI
will work with tenants in both buildings to get them ready for the next level of
retailing. It is hoped that the two adjacent buildings could be connected with
an interior passage and that the tenants will develop joint marketing plans, she
said.

EileenMcCormickjpg.jpgEileen McCormick

As MRI participants begin to find success in businesses, the program is
designed to find them more traditional retail or food outlet space in the
downtown. Other retail hubs are on the drawing boards such as Shoreline Market
on the Morris Street parking lot and the possible relocation of the Muskegon
Farmer’s Market into the central business district, McCormick said.

The initial Russell Block Market leases will be for six months with a maximum
of two years unless granted lease extensions by the MRI board, MacAllister said.
Participants can stay in the MRI program for two years to receive business
development services beyond their initial launch in the Russell Block Market, he
said.

“Not every retailer with a dream will graduate and decide to stay in
business,” MacAllister said. “Our goal is to maximize the potential and provide
information and services that will assist them in making their own decision on
how to proceed in business.”


MRI’s
programs are being launched on the strength of a $125,000 grant from the
Consumers Energy Foundation.
The MRI board is half way to matching those
funds, MacAllister said. There are outstanding grant applications to the DTE
Energy Foundation and the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, he said.

Once properly funded, the seed money will allow for expanded services that
include helping retailers build out their spaces at the Russell Block Building
and possibly subsiding initial month rents, McCormick said.

Those interested in contributing to MRI can
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State approves West Michigan Economic Partnership

Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 4:15 PM    

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MUSKEGON, MI – West Michigan communities have received the fifth and final
Next Michigan Development Corp. designation in the state, which will allow for a
new slate of economic development tools.


altKen Stevens |
Muskegon ChronicleThe HHL Amur, a 452-foot
ocean-going cargo ship arrived in Muskegon in June to pick up a load of West
Michigan wind turbine blade molds headed for Spain.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Strategic
Fund Board on Wednesday unanimously approved the West Michigan Economic
Partnership, which combines Muskegon and Kent counties
and five other
municipalities, including the city of Muskegon.

The Next Michigan agreement for West Michigan was put together by two
economic development organizations in the region, Grand Rapids-based The Right
Place and Muskegon Area First. Muskegon economic developers hope the new
partnership and state incentives will kick start port developments on Muskegon
Lake and potentially other key properties.

“The increased level of intergovernmental collaboration between the counties
and municipalities in West Michigan is the first of its kind in the region,”
said Ed Garner, president of Muskegon Area First. “This new partnership between
Muskegon and Kent counties will open new doors for investment, jobs and growth
throughout the region.”

The participating communities and eligible companies may be able to use
additional property and investment incentives offered by the state to the West
Michigan Economic Partnership and four other regional groups across the
state.

West Michigan might have been the last of five Next Michigan partnerships to
be approved, but Garner said that the work done by economic developers in
establishing the regional collaborative will allow the new organization to
quickly begin the real work of identifying properties and marketing them to
private companies.

A local representative from each participating unit of government will be
appointed by each governing body to serve on a newly created regional board.
Besides the two counties and city of Muskegon, initial partnership members
include the cities of Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming and Cascade Charter
Township.

The board’s next step will be to establish a funding model and identify
specific properties that provide the two or more modes of transportation
required to be eligible, such as air services, highway access, rail spurs and
port facilities, organizers said.

The West Michigan Economic Partnership organizers have identified properties
such as Wyoming’s Site36, areas near the Gerald R. Ford International Airport
and waterfront sites on Muskegon Lake with access to Muskegon’s deep-water
port.

“As one of only five sanctioned Next Michigan (partnerships) allowed under
the current legislation, these seven municipalities now have a unique set of
marketing and incentive tools to support new investment and the creation of jobs
in their communities,” said Rick Chapla, vice president of business development
for The Right Place.

   

Unruly Brewing Co. to launch 'community brewery' while Russell Block Market seeks food outlets

Published: Monday, August 20, 2012, 4:59 PM    

MUSKEGON, MI – Muskegon business attorney Jeff Jacobson said he and his partner Mark Gongalski must have looked at every available commercial building in Muskegon County seeking a home for their “community brewery” business.

Unruly Russell Block

Unruly Brewing Co. partners, Jeff Jacobson, left, and Mark Gongalski will be opening their microbrew in the Russell Block Market. Unruly Brewing selects Russell Block Market

In the end, Jacobson said they found the perfect location in downtown Muskegon at the Russell Block Market, 360 W. Western. The retail incubator being developed by Gary Post is expected to be open by the Christmas holiday season.

The Unruly Brewing Co. will take up nearly half of the 5,000 square feet of space on the Russell Block Market’s first level. Operated by the nonprofit Muskegon Retail Incubator Inc., the Russell Block Market board is now looking for tenants to fill the remainder of the retail space, especially with food outlets that would complement the new microbrewery.

“We are about to create another exciting destination location for downtown Muskegon,” according to Terry MacAllister, president of the MRI board. “Unruly and the other food businesses we are lining up will offer customers and patrons something different – a place to come hang out, drink some microbrews, choose among different food offerings, browse related shops and enjoy an all-around fun experience.

“This will be one hopping place,” MacAllister said.

Unruly Brewing Co. was announced in February as the two home brewers and business partners began looking for a location and secure investors.

“We are extremely excited to be having this building after a six- or seven-month search,” Gongalski said. “We were looking for a location to provide us a beer garden atmosphere and at an economical rate. It was tough to find but this is awesome news. We are glad to be going downtown.”

Muskegon downtown promoters and economic developers said they are thrilled to have Muskegon County’s first microbrewery in the heart of the central business district. Muskegon is one of the untapped markets in West Michigan for the craft brewing boom that is going on around the region, said Andrew Haan, head of Downtown Muskegon Now – a downtown development and marketing organization.

“We are ecstatic to hear the news that we are bringing into our downtown a use into the mix that we have been seeking for years,” Haan said of craft beer and culinary tourism being the largest growth areas in the travel market. “We are an unserved community but West Michigan is a hot bed of microbrewing and the region is known throughout the national. Now we join that industry.”

As a “community brewery,” Unruly Brewing Co. will open with a four-barrel brewing system and a taproom for tasting, the owners said. Another business partner is Eric Hoffman, who will be Unruly’s head brewer, they said.

To create the “beer-garden” atmosphere, Unruly Brewing will have an outside seating area in the space between the Russell Block building and the Hines Building to the east, the owners said. The company hopes to have its liquor license good for the entire building and outdoor beer garden, the owners said.

The concept of a community-based beer-making business is to cater to the large home-brewing movement in the Muskegon-area, Gongalski said. Unruly will offer up to eight taps for different kinds of beers. Of those, three or four will be Unruly house brands that will always be available, while the brewing company will have specialty beers that rotate.

Also being offered will be beers created by home brewers on the Unruly equipment. Gongalski said that Unruly will announce the community aspects of its business as its opening date approaches.

“The sky’s the limit on what we are going to be able to offer from this location,” Gongalski said.

Jacobson said the business will be licensed as a microbrewery, which will allow production up to 30,000 barrels of beer a year. However, Unruly will begin at a much more modest level of production, he said.

The brewing company will sell its beers on site by the pint and in “growlers” – half gallon containers to go. The company hopes to bottle its most popular brews for sale in six-packs in the Muskegon area, Gongalski said.

Gongalski and Jacobson were both raised in Muskegon. Gongalski is a 1997 graduate of Whitehall High School and has a home remodeling business, MG Modern. Jacobson is a business attorney with the Parmenter O’Toole law firm and is a 1990 graduate of Mona Shores High School.

Post, who also has developed the next door Century Club Center of retail shops and the nearby Heritage Square Townhouses, now must complete the Russell Block Market construction and MRI fill the rest of the space. The incubator organizers said finding tenants wanting to join Unruly Brewing isn’t going to be a problem.

“Ideally, we would like to see specialty burgers, homemade sausages and brats, artisan breads and rolls, specialty coffees, desserts, herbs and spices, kitchen gear -- anything that has to do with eating and preparing food,” said Eileen McCormick, MRI executive director.

Jacobson and Gongalski said talk of other brewing businesses in the Muskegon area is exciting.

“The more microbrewers we can have in Muskegon the better. That would be awesome,” Gongalski said. “The craft beer industry is a big community. It’s like a family.”

   

Muskegon Makes it to Mars!!!

 

Bearings From Muskegon At Work On Mars — For The Third Time

Reporting Matt Roush   CBS 62-Detroit

August 12, 2012 1:20 PM

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MUSKEGON — The Curiosity rover that landed on Mars Aug. 6 features the largest, most advanced scientific payload of any Mars mission yet — and, as usual, Reali-Slim thin section bearings.

The five pairs of duplexed bearings from Kaydon Bearings Division in Muskegon save space and weight in two important areas: preparing rock material samples for analysis and supporting the steering actuators for the rover’s wheels.

The one-ton Curiosity, about the size of a small SUV, will analyze samples drilled from rocks or scooped from the ground to assess whether the environment near its landing site might once have been able to support life. The rover was designed, developed and assembled by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

One pair of duplexed Reali-Slim bearings is in the CHIMRA (Collection and Handling for In-Situ Rock Analysis), one of a number of devices mounted on a turret at the end of the rover’s robotic arm. These angular contact bearings with a three-inch outside diameter are a key part of the “thwack” mechanism that must keep the primary sieve from clogging so that samples can reach the analytical instruments. The screens in the sieves have tiny holes — 150-micron and 1mm — to produce particles of the appropriate size. JPL engineers decided early on that thin section bearings were the best way to handle the load in the small space available, and built the design around them.

The other four sets of Kaydon bearings (7-inch outside diameter, 6-inch bore) support the steering actuators on Curiosity’s four corners and relieve some of the load on them, which was critical during the landing. These bearings, like those in the CHIMRA, are angular contact in duplex pairs, with races and balls of 440C stainless steel and a built-in preload. JPL requested that all be shipped dry, including the phenolic separators, so they could add a space-rated lubricant that would not turn viscous in the extreme cold or evaporate in the thin atmosphere.

With a typical speed of about one inch per second, this latest rover is expected to cover about 660 feet of Martian terrain per day when it begins collecting samples in September. For the next 23 months it will send data, images and a variety of scientific observations back to Earth, where scientists hope the $2.5 billion mission will shed light on the question of whether there is — or has ever been — life on Mars.

Kaydon Bearings Division (www.kaydonbearings.com) is a leading global manufacturer of standard and custom thin section bearings, high-level bearing assemblies, and slewing ring bearings for a wide range of manufacturing and process applications. The division is also a major supplier of remanufactured and new replacement bearings.

Kaydon Corp. (www.kaydon.com) is a leading designer and manufacturer of custom-engineered, performance-critical products, supplying a broad and diverse group of alternative-energy, industrial, aerospace, medical, and electronic equipment, and aftermarket customers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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