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Michigan Construction News has fallen into a situation definable by a simple equation.

No advertising equals no business.  No business equals no web site.

Let’s spare gut-wrenching explanations.  Simple math warns me if I don’t sign up advertisers by the last edition of this month — Friday, May 29th — I’ll be forced to permanently close Michigan Construction News.  That includes the e-mail summary dispatched with each web site update.

Closed after over 11 years of service to Michigan’s construction industry. Permanently.

Get it?

Got it?

How about an ad?

Dragline is immediately suspended for the duration. Its bucket is empty.  I need the extra time to secure advertising.

Thousands of readers who’ve been using my stories to find and research new business leads — thousands — are depending on my success.  It’s something too many potential advertisers apparently don’t understand, though they read my web site twice a week for the very same reason.

A lot of people have gained business based on the stories I provide because I tip them off to opportunity as early as humanly possible. That’s the point. Hey, potential advertiser, do you want or don’t you want to sell your product or service? If you do why aren’t you here?

Those who wish to finally step forward and advertise are encouraged to contact me at 734/432-2302 or by e-mail at guysny@concentric.net.

Guy Snyder
Founder, Editor & Chief Executive Janitor

Michigan Construction News


CON Issues Medical Work Reports For April 2015

During April 2015 the Michigan Certificate of Need Commission issued decisions on 24 projects with an estimated total value of $31,021,000. Applications received by the commission totaled $215,752,352 for 52 projects and Letters of Intent were received for 26 projects totaling $97,861,538. Full project reports can be accessed in the Library.  Full Story

Marquette OKs Plan For Landings Development

With changes in the development agreement to comply with the 2012 amendments to Act 381, it appears the way is becoming clear to begin construction of the first phase of the Founders’ Landing Development.  Full Story

Menard Buys Taylor Site For New Store

This week Menard Inc. reportedly closed on its purchase of the former Gilbrater Trade Center in Taylor and announced the demolition of the vacant, 320,000 square foot building will commence this summer.  Full Story

GSA Slates Updates To Fire/Safety In Battle Creek

A pre-solicitation notice has been posted by the General Services Administration seeking a design/build contractor to upgrade the fire protection and life safety systems at the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center in Battle Creek.  Full Story

Meijer May Break Ground This Summer In The Soo

This week the Sault Ste. Marie City Commission made a number of decisions that are expected to clear the path for Meijer to commence site development for a a 206,897 square foot store on the northwest corner of I-75 and Three Mile Road. Full Story

Harrisville Pulling Plan Together For Harbor Work

According to John Dobis. mayor of Harrisville, his city is in the preliminary stages of applying for a $2.6 million grant from the state of Michigan for the reconstruction of the city’s harbor docks.  Full Story

Livonia Considers New DPW Building May 27th

Though light on the specifics, the city of Livonia reports that next Wednesday, May 27th, its Capital Improvement, Natural Resources & Waste Management Committee will conduct a public meeting on a proposed new building for Livonia’s Department of Public Works.  Full Story

New Developer May Take On Petoskey Point Project

At a meeting this week of the Petoskey City Council the city’s recently appointed manager, Rob Straebel, reported he was to be meeting shortly with a new developer interested in what was once to become the Petoskey Pointe project. Full Story

Zingerman’s Creamery Is Thinking About Growth

At its June 4th meeting the Pittsfield Planning Commission has scheduled a public hearing about a request for an amendment to its conditional use permit by Zingerman’s Creamery. Full Story

Redwood Plans $20 Million In Delta Twp. Apartments

A plan for building a complex of 162 one story, two bedroom apartments has been placed on the June 6th agenda of the Delta Township Planning Commission.  Full Story

MEDC Posts State Support Of Manufacturing Expansions

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has announced Michigan Strategic Fund approval of a business expansion and a community improvement project that are expected to generate $5.5 million in investments.  Full Story

Cassopolis Schools Seek Voter OK Of Bond Proposal

The board of education for Cassopolis Public Schools has approved a resolution to place a $3,339,000 bond proposal on the August 4th ballot. Full Story

Ypsi Council Approves Riverwalk Commons Concept

Conceptual drawings for a $12.5 million affordable housing project for the Water Street project have been presented the Ypsilanti City Council, winning praise from city officials. Full Story

Whitehall’s Alcoa Plant Prepares For More Investment

The Whitehall City Council has approved an Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate for Alcoa Power & Propulsion Inc. for an expansion of its Plant Number 5 on Warner Street. Full Story

Cheboygan Moves To Develop Its Port

With an eye to the future, this week the city of Cheboygan purchased two parcels totaling 6.7 acres of land, with about 1,400 feet of frontage along the Cheboygan River, to further marine development. Full Story

Sonic Restaurant Is Coming To Benton Harbor

A $4 million plan to repurpose a former car dealership was approved this week by the Benton Township Board of Trustees in Benton Harbor.  Full Story

Former Adrian School May Fall For Housing

According to Chris Miller, coordinator with Adrian’s downtown development authority and economic development agency, planning is underway with a developer he can’t name for the reuse of the property where the vacant Jefferson School still stands. Full Story