2012-03-15 / Business

Businesses recognized by Saginaw Township, STBA

BY PATTI BRANDT


Top left: Saginaw Township Supervisor Tim Braun (left) and Bridget Smith (right), assistant director of community development, present Dan Kukla (middle), the operations manager of McDonald’s Restaurant, the 2011 Business of the Year award for upgrades to the restaurant. Top left: Saginaw Township Supervisor Tim Braun (left) and Bridget Smith (right), assistant director of community development, present Dan Kukla (middle), the operations manager of McDonald’s Restaurant, the 2011 Business of the Year award for upgrades to the restaurant. SAGINAW TWP. – It’s easy to get things done in Saginaw Township.

Just ask Kristi Charles, community manager of the Township Square Apartment Homes, which is currently in the midst of a multi-million dollar renovation.

“It’s such a refreshing change to work with a township that recognizes our work,” Charles said. “And they appreciate the work that’s going on. The help that we get from the township on all different levels is amazing.”

Township Square Apartments at 5095 Bennington Dr., formerly Normandy Square Apartments, is one of four 2011 Businesses of the Year honored March 8 at Horizons Conference Center.


Top right: Susan Howard (not pictured), manager of the Hampton Inn, Joshua White, assistant manager, and Callie Cain (with plaque), director of sales, accept the 2011 Business of the Year award from Braun and Smith Top right: Susan Howard (not pictured), manager of the Hampton Inn, Joshua White, assistant manager, and Callie Cain (with plaque), director of sales, accept the 2011 Business of the Year award from Braun and Smith Jim McCaul, senior project manager for Township Square Apartments, said township building, fire and police departments have been fantastic throughout the ongoing upgrades. The apartments are owned by Aspen Square Management.

“We have properties all over the U.S. and we’ve never before had a police officer visit and what they could do to help,” McCaul said.

Other winners include the Hampton Inn, 2695 Tittabawassee Road; McDonald’s Restaurant, 2745 Bay Road; and SVRC Industries, which built assisted living apartments at 3749 Barnard Road.

More than 120 area movers and shakers gathered at the Saginaw Township Business Association meeting to honor the winners and to hear how things are going in Saginaw Township.


Bottom right: Braun and Smith present Dean Emerson, vice-president of industrial operations for SVRC Industries, and Bonnie Wenzel, board of directors chair, the 2011 Business of the Year award for the organization’s construction of the SVRC Apartments. Bottom right: Braun and Smith present Dean Emerson, vice-president of industrial operations for SVRC Industries, and Bonnie Wenzel, board of directors chair, the 2011 Business of the Year award for the organization’s construction of the SVRC Apartments. And with businesses moving in and nearly 300 construction permits issued for more than $18 million in work, things are going great, said Saginaw Township Supervisor Tim Braun, who delivered the annual State of the Township address.

The success of the township is largely due to the partnership between business owners and government, Braun said.

“More than ever business owners and township employees are working together,” Braun said. “They understand that what we have all gone through the past several years and they share a genuine, mutual respect.”


Bottom left: Connie Reppuhn, president of the Saginaw Township Business Association, stands at the podium with Braun during the State of the Township event held March 8 at Horizons Conference Center. Bottom left: Connie Reppuhn, president of the Saginaw Township Business Association, stands at the podium with Braun during the State of the Township event held March 8 at Horizons Conference Center. Braun talked about the upcoming U.S. Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships, being held June 23-27. The event, hosted by the Saginaw Township Soccer Association, is expected to be the largest ever to be held over one week in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

At least 500 volunteers are needed to work that week, Braun said. So far, about 150 have signed up.

And with 14,000 visitors expected, 4,400 hotel rooms are blocked in all the way to Oakland County, Braun said, including rooms at the new Hampton Inn, which has been taking calls for rooms for that week since November.

The hotel has 96 rooms and employs 29 people, said Susan Howard, general manager.

“It’s nice to be recognized,” Howard said of the township award. “Lodgco (Management) is a great company and they put together a great property. I think a lot of people are enjoying the benefits.”

Connie Reppuhn, president of the STBA, summed it all up.

“I’m here to tell you – it is easy to get something done here in Saginaw Township,” Reppuhn said. “It is a wonderful thing that we have here.”

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