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Cadillac Area

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A Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Publication First QUARTER 2020

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20/20 Vision
Mission Statement CADILLAC AREA
The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce is a visible

20/20 Vision
business leader that advocates and drives business
opportunities. Through business alliances, we are a
catalyst for our membership and provide a persuasive
regional voice benefiting our communities.

2019/2020 Board of Directors


Tonya Smith, Chair Hello! For anyone not familiar
Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital with me or my role, I am
Jennifer Neff, Vice Chair currently the Interim President
Avon Protection Systems
of the Cadillac Area Chamber of
Trent Mulder, Treasurer
Baird, Cotter & Bishop, PC
Commerce. As the most recent
Jeremy Winkle, Immediate Past Chair
addition to the staff, I can assure
VanDrie Home Furnishings you we are working very hard
Steve King to meet our members needs.
Law Offices of King & King PLLC Although there is plenty of work
Jennifer Brown to do, I see many more positives
Cadillac Area Public Schools
than challenges.
Doug DeYoung
Consumers Energy Much like the decade a hundred
Rob Cherry years ago, the second decade of
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this century looks prosperous! Charlie Schwarz
Kevin Dunaway
9 & 10 News/Local 32 Although we have lost some old Interim President
Randy Hill friends/businesses, there seems to
Baker College of Cadillac be plenty of newcomers ready to
Dean Rohn take their place. Investment in the area, locally and from afar,
Piranha Hose Products
is strong. Growth is in the air!! But with growth comes change.
Carrie Thompson
wexexpress Change is inevitable and embraced by most, but it can also be
Linda Popp a “tough pill to swallow”. Many people fight it, while others
J&H Family Stores/Tim Hortons view it as a chance for improvement and advancement. Don’t be
Jeff Miller scared! Change brings opportunities! Cadillac is the Gem of
BorgWarner Thermal Systems
the North and my vision is great things are coming to the area!
Pete Stalker
Mercantile Bank of Michigan Stay tuned as we venture into the unchartered depths of the new
decade.
CHAMBER STAFF
Charlie Schwarz What is your vision?
cschwarz@cadillac.org
Bill Tencza
btencza@cadillac.org
Charlie Schwarz
Interim President
Kate Dekam, Leadership Director
kdekam@cadillac.org
Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce
Paula Jasper, Director of Membership Services

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Hailey Soderman, Administrative Assistant
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Nicole Schultz, Great Start Director
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2020 Leadership Class announces
community service project
“Leadership by the Book”
The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 2020 is excited Out with the old
to announce our community service project: “Leadership by the Book.” Due to
their dedication to our community’s wellness, education, and growth, we have
chosen to partner with the Cadillac Wexford Public Library (CWPL) to raise
$30,500.00 for the purchase of updated mobile and modern furniture. This new
equipment will help to provide residents with a safe and welcoming physical
place to meet and interact with others or to sit quietly and read.
In 2018, the Cadillac branch welcomed over 85,000 visitors. People of all ages
came to browse books, use the free internet, make copies, attend meetings, enjoy
programs, gather for play-dates, connect with friends, or to utilize one of the last
free-of-cost public spaces. This kind of usage is something to celebrate! But it
does create a lot of wear and tear on the furniture. In with the New
We are hoping to raise enough money between the Leadership & Friends
Dinner (Friday, March 6th at Cadillac Grill—tickets on sale now!), silent &
live auction items, and one-of-a-kind sponsorship opportunities to help make
the Cadillac branch unique, comfortable, and versatile for everyone in the
community. With over 350 programs offered last year, 153,796 items (books,
movies, music, magazines) checked out, and countless community groups
utilizing the space for meetings and events, these updates would be life-changing
to the library and the services they provide. We look forward to working with
the community and the CWPL to reach a goal of making the library an even
more enjoyable, useful, and friendly environment for people of all ages to learn,
gather, and grow.

For more information about the Cadillac Leadership program or this year’s class project,
contact Leadership Director Kate DeKam at (231)775-9776 or leadership@cadillac.org

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CADILLAC AREA
20/20 Vision
As we enter 2020, schools are seeing teaching positions go Our schools work hard to provide the very best education
unfilled, funding not keeping up with expenses, students they can. However, it does not begin nor does it end
suffering from Trauma and severe behavior issues, and there. Schools are not the fix all. Families need to be at the
more and more mandated testing, just to name a few core of a good education. 
challenges as we enter this new decade.   Change doesn’t happen overnight, but rest assured that
With that said we can do something about it. In fact schools will continue to look for unique ways to deliver
everyone can do something about it.  core subjects, expose students to career pathways at earlier
Politicians, parents, schools, and communities as a whole, grade levels, provide college credit opportunities for all,
all should have a vested interest in the well being and future and prepare students for life after high school, all while
of our children and we must all get on the same page meeting any and all accountability requirements. 
starting with adequate funding of schools and valuing at a Dave Cox,
high level, the teaching profession. Superintendent Wexford-Missaukee
ISD & Manistee ISD

The economy continues to hum along and the future, retain to as cities can offer so much more in some cases for
while not predictable, does offer clues as to what’s in younger people.
store for the Cadillac Area. Trade agreements with China That said, the work currently being done by community
and USMC are finalizing, presidential election years are leaders, innovators and service organizations all are
usually strong economically and tax cuts from a few years continuing to improve opportunities in the Cadillac Area.
back have all helped drive down unemployment while From housing, education, employment to recreation the
wages are rising. Cadillac Area does have a tremendous amount to offer. We
The biggest concern for 2020 is the same thing from the as a community need to continue to work together towards
past two years – people to fill jobs. From shop floor to making sure we provide options for people looking to
senior management, getting good people to the Cadillac relocate or stay in the Cadillac area.
area is a challenge. A lot of our job opportunities are for Mike Hamner,
younger people right out of high school, military service or Avon Protection
college. Cadillac sometimes is a tough place to recruit to or

B&P Manufacturing’s business is divided into three basic up to 36 months and tariffs increased to 35% in 11 months.
segments of customers that all have different needs and This creates a very high risk of financial loss that has to be
different purchasing strategies. The first is our material reacted to within a very short period of time.  This forces us
handling products that are sold through 268 distributors to look at our productivity efficiencies, alternative material
throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.  Secondly, purchasing strategies, and working for considerably less
is our commercial fabrication segment that engineers and GPM (gross profit margin).
fabricates customized solutions for large volume companies Acquiring new qualified employees has also turned
like Dominos Pizza, American Red Cross, Hyundai, Delta into a competitive activity because of the lack of reliable
Airlines, Tropicana, and PepsiCo. Third is our Military applicants that can meet our minimum requirements.  This
and Dept of Defense segment that manufactures airtight has forced us to up our game with higher starting wages,
aluminum fabricated storage containers for missiles, offering benefits on day one of employment, and increased
torpedoes, radar units, and weapons lockers. PTO accrual for new employees.  All of these efforts work
All three segments were greatly affected by the trade against trying to mitigate the impacts of the recent trade
tariffs that resulted in a feeding frenzy like increase of tariffs and remain competitive on future business.
material costs. Even though B&P Manufacturing doesn’t Even with trade tariffs and the employment struggles that
purchase offshore metals, we still felt the effects by the we are currently dealing with.  We expect that 2020 will be a
reduction of the domestic metals reserve.  In some cases, record sales year for B&P Manufacturing, however our gross
the domestic metals prices increased greater than the actual profit margin dollars will be less than ideal.
tariff percentage.  This is very problematic for the Dept of Craig Hewett,
Defense contracts, where prices are required to be held for B&P Manufacturing

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CADILLAC AREA
20 20 Vision
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Consumers Energy’s clean energy plan is our path to response programs that reduce electric load to subscriptions
a cleaner, leaner energy future for Michigan. The plan’s to clean, Michigan-generated solar energy, we’re asking our
hallmarks include transitioning to zero coal and 90-percent customers – at work and at home – to help us cultivate a
clean energy generation resources – all by 2040. clean energy future while protecting the environment we
For the first time, we’re asking our customers to help us all cherish.
reach our goals by joining the clean energy movement. Doug DeYoung,
From energy efficiency rebates and products to demand Consumers Energy

A look through the fog of our crystal ball reveals many early learning reading program begins at birth, with the
blessings in the Cadillac area. The people here continue to goal of helping these children be ready to learn by the time
be very giving, in both time and treasure. They stand ready they reach preschool.
to help those who need a little help from their friends to Thanks to the wonderful support of local voters, our
get back on their feet and become productive members of elementary students will soon be able to take advantage of
our community. And when they’re ready to work, there are Twenty-first Century learning tools. Again, a commitment
“Help Wanted” signs posted in nearly every segment of the to our community’s future.
business community. CAPS, the Career Tech Center, and Baker College all
Much of what troubles society can be remedied through continue to work together, developing innovative programs,
education. As the mist swirls about inside that crystal ball to prepare our young people to be more than ready for
our future appears bright. We can see our young people challenging careers, including many right here at home.
flourish as a result of the ISD’s, Great Start programs. Pat Goggin,
Programs like Imagination Library. This locally funded, United Way

We continue to see a focus on lower cost, high quality focus as more individuals have high deductible insurance
health care.  Much of this translates to the shift in services plans and shop for lower prices for elective services, such
from inpatient to outpatient care.  We continue to focus as outpatient radiology services.  Finding ways to leverage
on wellness and prevention in addition to providing sick technology to provider virtual visits and/or provide access
care.  Mergers and acquisitions in healthcare continue with for rural communities continues to be an area of growth. 
very few hospitals in Michigan remaining independent.  Tonya Smith,
Consumerism in healthcare continues to be an area of Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital

Michigan Works! is seeing a trend that will be causing a huge


For 2020, I see that the labor impact on our workforce.
market will still be tight, with 37.5 Million Baby Boomers will be retiring this decade, with only
opportunities for growth. 21 Million emerging workers entering the workforce to replace them.
 What I would like to see for 2020, A startling statistic that we are preparing for as this wealth of
is more students in skilled trades information and talent decides to enjoy their well earned time off.
which will help the labor shortage Exposing youth to a wide variety of occupations and career
in the long term. pathways is part of the solution that we are implementing to battle
Ken Bollman, this future talent need.
Saber Tool Rob Best,
Northwest Michigan Works!

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The local economy is comprised of will start as soon afterwards as
Welcome
a healthy mixture of manufacturing,
tourism, recreation, retail, and
possible, and redevelopment of
several other significant sites in
New Members
professional services including major our commercial area continue to be
health care providers and ancillary planned for, and are in the pipeline.  
services. The manufacturing sector Cadillac remains one of the 4Front Credit Union
continues to provide significant largest manufacturing bases north 8807 East 34 Road
employment opportunities and of Grand Rapids, with a significant Cadillac, MI 49601
is a critical component of our concentration of automotive 231-929-2000
overall local economic condition. suppliers, specialty product
Additionally, local recreation manufacturers that produce unique
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opportunities are vast, and include components and products for the
hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, Department of Defense, packaging Arch Staffing and Consulting
biking, camping, golf, water sports and containers, vacuum cleaners, 2118 North Mitchell Street
and others. These activities bring in castings, metal fabrication and boats. Cadillac, MI 49601
visitors from around the country to The City’s industrial base comprised 877-782-1533
spend their tourism and recreational of over fifty companies that employ archstaffingandconsulting.com
dollars in the community. over four thousand people and
Economic conditions in the produce approximately $1 billion
community continue to be strong, worth of products annually is an
Autumnwood of McBain
and Cadillac is proudly still our incredibly valuable and important 220 Hughston Street
region’s destination location for factor in the fiscal sustainability McBain, Mi 49657
major festivals, events and business. of our City. This sector continues 231-825-2990
The City is actively involved to improve with recent examples mcbain_admissions@cienafacilites.com
in several public community including significant investment
development initiatives. Creating in a new Community Solar Garden Chic Design Company
new and improved public gathering project in tandem with the clean- P.O. Box 7042
spaces is essential in keeping up of the Mitchell-Bentley site.
Traverse City, MI 49696
Cadillac a destination location, Development of nearly 30-acres of
but also in keeping Cadillac a property within the Potvin Industrial 231-620-0201
desirable location for industry of Park by a current tenant, along with chicdesigncompany.com
all types to want to stay here (or expansion of another site within the
come here) and invest in both their same Park by another tenant are Committee to Elect
own infrastructure (people and still in the planning phases, but are Corey Wiggins Prosecutor
buildings). The City is continuing strong indicators of the continued
Cadillac, MI 49601
the largest, most significant public investment in our community from
community development projects our manufacturing base. 231-715-9228
since the construction of the original Looking ahead into the next decade, wigginforprosecutor@gmail.com
Rotary Performing Arts Pavilion and one of the biggest challenges in my
Keith McKellop Walkway through opinion will still be on the housing Edward Jones
the further development of Cadillac front in regard to access to attainable, Neal Soenksen
Commons. These public places and move-in-ready homes specifically
200 East Mason Street, Suite A
community spaces will further for our young professionals.
enhance the quality of life for our Certainly it will be fascinating to Cadillac, MI 49601
community. see how new development and/or 231-876-2353
Cadillac Commons, the public redevelopment activities interplay Edwardjones.com/neal-soenksen
development that has transformed with our housing needs, and it will
our open areas adjacent to the Lake also most certainly be interesting to First Presbyterian Church
in our core downtown is a significant see how new economic development 221 East Harris Street
magnet for festivals, events and initiatives shape the west corridor of Cadillac, MI 49601
activities. The fourth placemaking Cadillac along with the development
231-775-7111
location, The Trail Head at Cadillac potential along the east corridor of
Commons, is expected to be bid M-55 adjacent to 131-North. cadillacfpc.org
out this winter with construction The continued collaborative
starting later in 2020. nature within our community, most Gill Staffing
On the “heels” of Cadillac notably with our special service 602 North Mitchell Street, Suite A
Commons is the construction agencies such as our Community Cadillac, MI 49601
of building one of Cadillac Lofts Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, 231-842-3000
is anticipated to be completed this and Schools, but also between other gillstaffing.com
summer. Construction of building units of government, will surely
two does not yet have a start date, lead to exciting opportunities in this
however, once matters regarding new decade before us in Cadillac, ProMedico, LLC
access to the State’s Community Michigan. PO Box 88121
Development Block Grant funds Grand Rapids, MI 49518
Marcus Peccia,
are resolved, it is expected that Cadillac City Manager 616-466-7912
construction of the second building promedicohealth.com

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Rise Up! Cadillac


January 2020 Hosted by: Cadillac Area YMCA

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THANK YOU!
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Save the Date
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F r iday, M ay 15, 202

Cadillac Area
Chamber of Commerce

27th Annual
Briefcase Open
Golf Outing Hole Sponsor:
$175-hole sponsors will have a sign placed
at one of the holes of the two participating
Evergreen Resort (Host Course) member golf courses. Sponsors will be
& Cadillac Country Club recognized on the Chamber Facebook page
as well as in the Business Magazine.
*Proceeds benefit Chamber programs, Call 231-775-9776 to sponsor today!
services and legislative advocacy.

business donations

excess inventory?

Habitat for Humanity ReStores offer prompt, friendly and free


pickup service to businesses. We pick up items with a usable life
that we recycle back into the community, including:
• Discontinued product • Aging inventory
• Scratched & dented merchandise • Return to vendor items
When we are able to collaborate with businesses, we create
meaningful change in our community.

Nikole McGregor
231.620.0201
ChicDesignCompany.com
231-775-7561 231-775-8661
7545 E. 34 Rd., Cadillac • www.WexfordHabitat.org

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Area Leaders Strive to Submit your Nominations for 2019/2020
Make a Greater Impact in Outstanding Citizen
our Community & Spirit of Community
Strong and confident individuals are leading our non- Awards
profit community into the future!  The Cadillac Area
Community Foundation and nine other northern Michigan Forms can be found at www.cadillac.org
Community Foundations, in conjunction with grants from
the Frye Foundation and Traverse City Rotary Charities, Awards will be announced at the
are investing in our nonprofit leaders and offering them the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce
opportunity to raise their leadership skills to the next level. 
Annual Awards Dinner
The Leadership Learning Lab, facilitated by NorthSky
Nonprofit Network, aligns with the Foundation’s strategic
efforts to support capacity building among local nonprofits.
The eight-month Leadership Learning Lab was designed
to support non-profit leaders in building a strong founda-
tion for their organization.  Understanding leadership,
board development, storytelling, fund development, goal-
setting, time management, and adaptive leadership to make
a greater impact in their organization and community, are
all part of the program.
As of December 2019, nine local non-profit leaders,
together with nonprofit leaders from Mt. Pleasant, com-
pleted the Leadership Learning Lab.  These leaders have
built strong relationships with their classmates and their
instructors, and they continue to meet quarterly as a circle
of peers to support each other.
Congratulations!
Amber Herlein, OASIS Family Resource Center
Jenni Johnson, Senior Housing Consultant
Kathy Kimmel, Wexford County Council on Aging
Natalie Davis
Talking is Teaching Campaign
Nichole Schultz, Great Start Collaborative
 Valerie Farr, Life Resources of Northern Michigan The Wexford-Missaukee-Manistee Great Start Parent Coalition together
Courtney Mulder, Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital with the Great Start Collaborative, is promoting a new campaign to teach
Foundation parents in Wexford, Missaukee and Manistee counties the importance of
Jennifer Pugh, Community Hope (Missaukee County) reading to children at an early age.
Karen Staub, Wexford/Missaukee Child Protection Council The campaign is called “Talking is Teaching,” and focuses on motivating
parents to begin talking, reading and singing to their children from birth.
For more information about the campaign or how to get involved,
interested individuals may email nschultz@wmisd.org

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Andy Kempf named 4Front CEO
4Front Credit Union’s board of directors has named Andy Kempf the northern Michigan financial
solutions provider’s new CEO. The announcement follows the planned December 31, 2019 retirement
of David Leusink, who led the northern Michigan-based financial solutions provider since its launch
in January 2015. Kempf has served the previous five years as 4Front’s president.
Kempf found his way to the credit union industry via traditional banking, beginning his career in
commercial lending with a mid-regional bank. He served as CEO of Preferred Credit Union (Grand
Rapids) prior to leading the former Traverse City-headquartered Members Credit Union. Members
Credit Union welcomed the membership of Charlevoix-based Bay Winds Federal Credit Union follow-
ing the 2015 merger that produced 4Front.

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2019 REALTOR® of the Year partner at
Traverse Area Association of
Baird, Cotter, and Bishop
REALTORS® (TAAR) is pleased to
announce that Michelle Maidens with Derek Graham has
Real Estate One Cadillac has been been made a partner at
named the TAAR 2019 REALTOR® Baird, Cotter, and Bishop.
of the Year! Michelle was nominat- Graham, who joined
ed and selected for her exemplary the Cadillac company in
REALTOR® spirit, activity in civic 2012 as an intern, gradu-
affairs, activity within TAAR and the ated from Ferris State
local community, and her accomplish- University.
ments in business. Congratulations, After graduating FSU
Michelle, it’s well deserved! he started as an intern at
Licensed in 2006, Michelle got her Baird, Bishop and Cotter
start at the Real Estate One Front and started fulltime fol-
Street office. Recently, she opened lowing the completion of
the Real Estate One Cadillac office.  the internship.
During her career, she has been involved with the Women’s Council Graham lives in Cadillac
of REALTORS®, served as a member on the Board of Directors for with his wife Keirsten. He
the Traverse Area Association of REALTORS®, and has been involved played Division I hockey with the Bulldogs and continues to
with other organizations that have helped her learn, grow and reach play hockey in his free time. Besides hockey he enjoys golf,
her goals as a REALTOR®.  Michelle has a true passion for what she boating and relaxing at home with his wife and two cats.
does and is grateful to all of her clients, colleagues, and the Real Estate He works on individual and corporate income taxes and
One Family of Companies that has supported her from day one. local units of government audits.

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MI News 26 Debuts New Name,
New Studios, and MI’s Most
Advanced Weather Computer
MI News 26 debuted a new name as part of an overhaul of its on-air Breakfast With Santa Proceeds
look. The changes tie in with both the launch of a Cadillac-based nation-
al news network and the construction of a new, local broadcast facility. Benefit The Imagination
Along with the name change, the station now known as NewsNet
debuted a flexible new set featuring a wide range of new technology Library Free Book Program
including color-changing LED lighting, numerous video monitors and
a state-of-the-art weather center. The station also launched a revamped Over 200 children and parents attended the Breakfast with
morning show. Santa this past December at the Cadillac Grill. Children enjoyed
Viewers interested in seeing what’s new with NewsNet can tune in to breakfast, crafts, a teddy bear raffle, and telling Santa what they
Charter Spectrum cable channel 13 throughout northern Michigan, or wanted for Christmas. The proceeds of over $6000 from the
antenna channel 26.1 in the Cadillac area. breakfast benefited the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Free
Book Program. Today, nearly 2000 children from the age 0 to 5
in the Wexford Missaukee ISD area receive a free book by mail
each month.
The program gives children access to books and builds early
literacy skills. The Imagination Library is a universal service
available to all families, at no cost, who live in the area served by
Wexford Missaukee Intermediate School District. The program
is supported by contributions from individuals, businesses, and
local philanthropy.
Breakfast with Santa organizers believe literacy is the founda-
tion of community and economic development. For additional
information go to https://wmmgreatstart.org/.

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