Category Archives: Businesses

Trudy’s Diner announces it will close on Aug. 25

Seen here is Trudy’s Diner, which opened at the downtown location in March 2019 and announced Saturday that August 25 will be the business’s his last day. (Photo: Facebook)


Posted Monday, August 12, 2019


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Trudy’s Diner in New Boston announced Saturday on their Facebook page that Aug. 25 will be the business’s last day.

The diner opened at the downtown location, which has housed multiple diners in the past few years, in March 2019.

“It is with a saddened heart that I have to inform you all, that Trudys Diner, will be closing its doors at end of business on August 25th, 2019,” the business said in a Facebook post.

“The owners are selling the building and it is financially impossible for the diner to purchase it at this time. We appreciate each and every one of you and are very thankful for all of you for making us a success.”

The post went on to say that the diner hopes to open in a new location someday, and that they hope people will continue to dine at the restaurant up until they close.


365 Health Care Group opens in New Boston


Published by The Huron Hub on Wednesday, August 7, 2019


The 365 Health Care Group has purchased the medical practice of Dr. Toms Mathew located at 19270 Hannan Road New Boston as of Aug. 1, 2019.

We provide value based primary health care and full service laboratory diagnostic services.

We have four board certified providers and serve four locations in Wayne County.

• Dearborn
• Wayne
• Wyandotte
• New Boston

Appointments in New Boston are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

We plan to extend services in the future to afterhours Urgent Care as well as additional business hours on Tuesday & Thursday.

We are committed to providing the highest quality health care services to the Huron Township community and look forward to serving its citizens and employees for years to come.

For additional information or to make an appointment, please call 313-563-6000.

Source: Michael Pagnano, 365 Health Care Group


LDFA votes to support Wayne County’s RFQ process for sale, development of Pinnacle property

The abandoned Pinnacle Racecourse sits vacant in this 2014 photo by Scott Bolthouse–The Huron Hub.


Published Tuesday, July 23, 2019 

Editor’s note: The chances of development at the vacant Pinnacle property at the north end of the township could be moving forward sooner than later. 

Below is a press release from the Huron Township Local Development Finance Authority regarding the group’s unanimous vote to support Wayne County’s Request For Qualification process to sell and develop the Pinnacle property.

According to the press release, the buyers for the property consist of The Sterling Group, a Detroit based equity firm, and Hillwood, a Texas based developer who is part of the Perot Company. Hillwood is a large-scale global development firm with industrial and residential experience. The Sterling Group, according to their website, partners with management teams to grow and build winning businesses in the industrial sector.

Related: Hillwood Investment Properties visits Board of Trustees for informational meeting on Pinnacle site proposal

To view The Huron Hub’s complete coverage of the Pinnacle property, including the defunct race track through the recently announced proposed development, please visit this archive on HuronHub.com.

–Scott Bolthouse


RFQ Process Holds Hope for Pinnacle Property in Huron Township, MI

Source: Huron Township LDFA

Huron Township, MI, July 23, 2019 – The Pinnacle area property in Huron Township has sat vacant for the past nine years due to the closure of the racecourse and unpaid taxes. In a similar situation in Trenton with the old McLouth Steel property, Wayne County has stepped up again to try and secure a development plan.

Like the Trenton process, once taxes go unpaid, the property can either go to auction or proceed with a right of refusal first going to the State, then the Township and then Wayne County for purchase.

Being proactive, Wayne County sent out request for quotes (RFQ) to nine hundred and ninety-six developers and received only two bids. After the second bid was discarded because of financial requirements the remaining bid is being taken seriously.

The Huron Township Local Development Finance Authority holds 320 acres in the Pinnacle area or LDFA2 within its jurisdiction.

Wafa Dinaro, Wayne County Deputy Director of Capital Development indicated that the offer included $4.8 million purchase price which included the 320 acres held by the LDFA2/Pinnacle AeroPark and 330 acres held by Wayne County. $4.8 million is owed in back taxes.

“They have a September deadline to avoid auction.” Said Dinar. “The buyers have a plan right now for a mixed use development including commercial, office, hotel, restaurant and retail.” The percentage of Industrial to Commercial business in this mix use is still in the works.

Wayne County Economic Development, Executive Director Khalil Rahal said. “We will do everything possible to prevent an auction. With these projects it is important to know who you are dealing with and building relationships to hold development accountable for what the public wants.”

Other benefits of working with a developer include timelines, strict workforce development requirements and use of local contractors. With the Huron Township LDFA ability to help the new developer with infrastructure, it’s a win-win situation when the development brings jobs and tax dollars to a vacant property.

The buyers for this property consist of The Sterling Group, a Detroit based equity firm and Hillwood, a Texas based developer who is part of the Perot Company. Hillwood is a large-scale global development firm with major industrial and residential experience. Their portfolio is extensive and upscale, see their website https://www.hillwood.com/. The Hillwood group has also taken it upon themselves to hold a public meeting and asking the residents what would they like to see built on the property. They used those comments to adjust their original proposal for the site.

The LDFA trustees voted on July 17 to support the Wayne County RFQ process moving forward and the motion passed unanimously.

“Not only do we believe we have the properties, we have the service and support businesses needed to relocate in our beautiful township.” Said R.P. Lilly, LDFA Chairman. “Companies are amazed how easy our group are to work with.” The LDFA 1 and LDFA 2 parcels are convenient to Detroit Metro Airport, major expressways and railways.

For more information visit the web site www.hurontwpldfa.com , www.twitter.com/hurontwpldfa and video can be found at www.youtube.com/hurontwpldfa


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Detroit Metro Airport’s North Terminal welcomes three new restaurants

Three restaurants recently opened for business in Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport’s North Terminal. The restaurants include: Cantoro Italian Market Trattoria, Air Margaritaville, Detroit Street Café featuring Zingerman’s Coffee, and Atwater Brewery. (Photos courtesy of Detroit Metro Airport)


Posted by The Huron Hub Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Three restaurants recently opened for business in Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport’s (DTW) North Terminal. The restaurants include: Cantoro Italian Market Trattoria, a local, family owned and operated Italian market crossed with a modern corner store; Air Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett’s airport restaurant with a local twist, Detroit Street Café featuring Zingerman’s Coffee; and Atwater Brewery, a Detroit favorite, that debuted downtown in 1997 with the mission to bring German brew-styles to the area.

The restaurants are the first of a phased dining redevelopment project to open. Cantoro Italian Market Trattoria opened on April 18 and is located pre-security in baggage claim. Atwater Brewery opened on June 1 and Air Margaritaville & Detroit Street Café featuring Zingerman’s Coffee opened on June 5.

“It is an exciting time at Detroit Metropolitan Airport,” said Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Chad Newton. “Our employees and customers have been looking forward to the redevelopment of our North Terminal dining options. We are happy to work in collaboration with our concessionaires to offer a taste of our region to all who walk through our terminal.”

The nearly $21 million transformation includes 15 food and beverage concepts, many of them Metro Detroit favorites. The restaurants will be operated by four concessionaires (HMSHost; DTW North Partners, LLC; NAC-MAC Concessions, LLC and McDonald’s USA) who exceeded the Airport Authority’s requirements for partnering with ACDBEs – Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprises. The ACDBEs for the North Terminal food and beverage program are: AP United, LLC; AJA & Associates, LLC; Ellis Infinity, LLC; Jamjomar VIII, LLC; Rodriquez Group, LLC and W & W Diversified Services, Inc.

“HMSHost and our partners, AJA & Associates and Ellis Infinity, are thrilled to work with the Wayne County Airport Authority to bring Cantoro Italian Market to Detroit Metropolitan Airport,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Kent Vanden Oever. “Not only does Cantoro bring a sense of Detroit into the airport, it brings the best of a long-standing Italian corner store and family restaurant with a modern twist for people to enjoy in the airport’s pre-security area.”

“When people fly into DTW, our airport is their first glimpse of who we are as a state, region and cities,” said Paradies Lagardere Dining Division Partner Tanya Allen. “Paradies Lagardere Dining Division takes this very seriously. We have great local and national concepts. Air Margaritaville Detroit is the third airport Margaritaville in the country. Zingerman’s Coffee is uniquely included within that location. Atwater Brewery is a Detroit favorite and sure to capture a loyal following. 2019 is going to be an exceptionally good year for traveling at DTW’s North Terminal.”

To ensure a variety of food options will be available at all times for customers, the transformation is divided into four phases. The second phase, which includes MOD Pizza, National Coney Island, and Starbucks is expected to be completed this summer.

Source: Detroit Metro Airport


 

Ford to cut 7,000 white-collar jobs during restructuring

(Photo/Ford Motor Co.)

  • In the U.S. about 2,300 jobs will be cut through buyouts and layoffs

  • About 1,500 have left voluntarily or with buyouts, while another 300 have already been laid off

  • About 500 workers will be let go starting this week, largely in and around the company’s headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. 


From the Associated Press newswire
Published May 20, 2019 — 1:00 p.m. EST

Ford revealed details of its long-awaited restructuring plan Monday as it prepared for a future of electric and autonomous vehicles by parting ways with 7,000 white-collar workers worldwide, about 10% of its global salaried workforce, the Associated Press is reporting.

The major revamp, which had been under way since last year, will save about $600 million per year by eliminating bureaucracy and increasing the number of workers reporting to each manager.

In the U.S. about 2,300 jobs will be cut through buyouts and layoffs. About 1,500 have left voluntarily or with buyouts, while another 300 have already been laid off. About 500 workers will be let go starting this week, largely in and around the company’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, just outside Detroit.

“To succeed in our competitive industry, and position Ford to win in a fast-charging future, we must reduce bureaucracy, empower managers, speed decision making and focus on the most valuable work, and cost cuts,” Hackett’s wrote.

It’s the second set of layoffs for Detroit-area automakers, even though the companies are making healthy profits. Sales in the U.S., where the automakers get most of their revenue, have fallen slightly but still are strong.

In November, General Motors announced it would shed up to 14,000 workers as it cut expenses to prepare for a shift to electric and autonomous vehicles. The layoffs included closure of five factories in the U.S. and Canada and cuts of another 8,000 white-collar workers worldwide. About 6,000 blue-collar positions were cut, but most of laid-off factory workers in the U.S. will be placed at other plants mainly that build trucks and SUVs.

Both companies have said the cuts are needed because the companies face huge capital expenditures to update their current vehicles and develop them for the future.

At GM, the cuts brought withering criticism from President Donald Trump and Congress, especially the closing of a small-car factory in Lordstown, Ohio. Trump campaigned on bringing factory jobs back to the industrial Midwest. GM has since announced a possible deal to sell the Lordstown plant to a startup electric vehicle maker, but it hasn’t been finalized.

Ford’s white-collar employees had been fearful since last July when the company said the restructuring would cost $7 billion in cash and hit pretax earnings by $11 billion over the next three to five years. Many have been upset that it took so long for the company to make decisions.

Factory workers have not been affected by the restructuring thus far, as the company has retooled car plants so they can build more popular trucks and SUVs.

The layoffs, while large, weren’t as bad as many had expected. Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas predicted 25,000 white-collar job cuts late last year, a number that Ford would not deny.

Hackett said in the memo that Ford is departing from past practices and letting laid-off employees stay a few days to wrap up their jobs and say good-bye to colleagues. In the past, laid-off workers would have had to pack up and leave immediately.

“Ford is a family company and saying goodbye to colleagues is difficult and emotional,” Hackett wrote.

Hackett told workers that under the restructuring, managers now will have seven people reporting to them on average, up from five before changes were initiated began. That reduces management bureaucracy by one-third from before the “Smart Redesign” began.

Before the restructuring, Ford had 14 organizational layers, but that will drop to nine or less by the end of the year, Hackett’s memo said.


 

Swift Charities hosting fundraisers supporting local causes in May


Posted Thursday, April 2, 2019 — 5:00 p.m. EST 

Swift Charities is hosting two fundraisers in May that support two local causes.

May 5
For The American Cancer Society: Swift Charities donated $2,500.00 and is hosting a fundraiser along with Team Tiff members, Ashley Young and Rhonda Murray. Big Al’s donated the spaghetti, salad and location. All proceeds go to American Cancer Society.

More information here

May 18
Bike and car show. All proceeds will go to Downriver For Veterans at Blue Sky Ice Cream and Hamburgers in Romulus.

More information here

Learn more about Swift Charities by visiting this link.


 

Local greenhouses open for the season

In this Huron Hub file photo, daisies soak up the bright light at Schwartz’s Greenhouse, 30705 Sibley Road. They will be open Saturday, April 27, according to a phone call made to the business. (Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published April 25, 2019
12:30 p.m. EST

It might not feel like it outside today, but it’s officially plant Shopping season now that some of the local greenhouses are open for business.

Block’s Farm Market and Greenhouse, 29160 Eureka, and Kurtzhals’ Farms, 27098 Sibley, announced on Facebook that their greenhouses are open Thursday.

Schwartz’s Greenhouse, 30705 Sibley Road, confirmed via a phone call to the business that they will be opening on Saturday.

Grass Roots Nursery, which specializes in pond equipment and necessities, is located at 24765 Bell Road in New Boston. Check out their Facebook page for updates and business hours.

Feel free to comment on this article with another local greenhouse that you like to visit, and if they are open yet.