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My Town Coopersville: Relay For Life gets a helping herd

My Town Coopersville: Relay For Life gets a helping herd

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—  Mayor Lloyd found a surprise visitor “grazing” on his lawn Wednesday morning.

The Mayor is one of the first people to find a cow staked out in his yard.  The cardboard cutout is actually part of a Relay For Life fundraising campaign by a team from Continental Dairy Facilities. Lawns outside the Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development Authority were also among the first to welcome the herd.

A note accompanying each cow says the "herdsman" of Continental Dairy Facilities, LCC will move the cows if the property owner donates $10.  To request the herd be moved to a "pasture" of the property owner's choice, they must donate $15.  To ensure the herd doesn't come back and graze again, the property owner can donate $30 to Continental Dairy Facilities' Relay For Life team.

My Town Coopersville: Tax break approved for expanding manufacturer

My Town Coopersville: Tax break approved for expanding manufacturer

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A manufacturer looking to expand is getting financial relief from the City of Coopersville.

Last week, the city council approved  Aggressive Tool & Die's request for a tax break extension of 12 years on $1.62 million in property purchases.  The manufacturer, which works primarily with the automotive industry, is adding 15,000 square feet to its 20,000 square foot facility at 728 Main Street. Aggressive Tool & Die also expects to hire additional workers in the coming years.

My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Approximately 90 businesses will be looking for employees during the Muskegon Veterans Job Fair this Friday, May 16.

The hiring event will take place on the U.S.S. LST 393 Veterans Museum Ship, docked at 560 Mart Street in Muskegon.  This is the third year for the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Job openings range from engineering to grocery store cashiers.  Participating businesses include:

My Town: City council to consider tax breaks for expanding company

My Town: City council to consider tax breaks for expanding company

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—On Monday, May 12, the Coopersville City Council will consider a manufacturer’s request for an expansion tax break.

 Aggressive Tool & Die  is applying for a 12-year Industrial Facilities Tax exemption on $1.62 million in property purchases.  Last month, the planning commission approved the manufacturer’s plans to add to its 20,000 square foot facility to expand operations.  The company is currently located at 728 Main Street.

Monday night’s meeting begins at 7 p.m.

My Town: Berlin Raceway mascot makes his debut

My Town: Berlin Raceway mascot makes his debut

MARNE, Mich.—The Berlin Raceway and Entertainment Complex has a new mascot.

“HORSEPOWER” plans to attend all of the races and events this year, as well as visit places throughout West Michigan this spring and summer.  HORSEPOWER made his debut last Saturday.  He’s one of the new additions to Berlin Raceway, along with new grandstands and 11 private suites, which are still under construction.  The suites will likely be finished in June.

Chris Danielson, announcer and vice president of sales and media says the upgrades are meant to make the venue more versatile, so it can welcome a variety of events, including the upcoming craft beer and summer music festivals.  Danielson says the goal is to use the site 150 days out of the year; he says the raceway is currently in use 25-30 days a year.

The Berlin Raceway as located at 2060 Berlin Fair Drive in Marne.

My Town: Manufacturer looks to expand in Coopersville

My Town: Manufacturer looks to expand in Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A manufacturer is looking to expand in Coopersville.

The city planning commission approved Aggressive Tool & Die’s plans to add to its 20,000 square foot facility on Monday, April 21.  The company is currently located at 728 Main Street.   City Manager Steven Patrick says the investment would be approximately $1.3 million.

The city council will likely take up Aggressive Tool & Die’s request within a month.

My Town Coopersville: Drink bottling facility looks to expand

My Town Coopersville: Drink bottling facility looks to expand

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—A sports drink manufacturer in Coopersville is getting ready to expand.

Fair Life makes a milk-based athletic drink called Core Power, which was one of the official drinks of the Winter Olympics.  City Manager Steven Patrick says Fair Life already has tens of millions of dollars invested into its bottling facility in Coopersville; the site, located at 999 West Randall Street, started production at the beginning of this year.

 The Coopersville Planning Commission approved slight changes to Fair Life’s Phase II expansion plan on Monday.  The plan involves expanding the company’s bottling lines, which will create additional jobs.  Patrick says the city council has also formally approved a $2.4 million grant request to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation connected to the expansion project. Right now, Fair Life is awaiting building permits to begin the expansion project.