Family-run firm adapts with times
David Moxlow, the second-generation owner of Trenton Forging Co., first took an interest in the family business at age 10, initially retrieving parts dropped into spaces too small for the adult workers to fit into.
One could say his role with the company grew from there. Early on he specialized in tying steel re-rod bars together, and then he worked every station in the plant, eventually taking over for his father, company founder George Moxlow, in 1982.
David Moxlow’s wife, Renee, worked at the business for 26 years as the head of human resources until she retired four years ago. His son, Dane, and daughter, Chelsea, have also had experiences at the business. Dane is still involved when he can, as he also created his own business, the Detroit Motion Co., which handcrafts functional art and customized vehicles. Chelsea is the health educator for Livingston County.
The forging industry has been coming out of the “Dark Ages” for some time.
“We are just trying to expedite the process with modern technology and a new mindset of developing our greatest asset – our people,” Moxlow said. “We currently build the robotics components for floor robots at Amazon and we are augmenting our (Faro Scanning) Blue Light Laser Scanning technology with 3D printing technology to use when reverse engineering or creating new products for our customers. We can bring the product to “life” with three-dimensional plastic models made overnight.” (read more…)
Do you know where this is?
The business location pictured above can be found some-where within the boundaries of Trenton or Grosse Ile. Do you think you know what it is? If you do, please email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org. All correct answers will be entered into a random drawing. The winner will receive a $20 TV’s Deli Diner gift card. The entry deadline is 9 a.m., May 15. Last month’s Mystery Location was Classic Construction, 7780 Macomb St., Grosse Ile. The winner of the TV’s gift card was Grace Nashlen of Grosse Ile.
BY SHEILA R. McAFEE
The owners of Smokies on the Water are ready to welcome back boaters, golfers and swimmers to the Water’s Edge clubhouse.
Business has been steady since October, but quiet enough for Scott McBeath and Tom Mercurio to assess their first year of operations and prepare to meet the desires and demands of the summertime crowds using the township’s golf course, pool and marina. (read more…)
Dan Clancy, a Certified Residential Specialist and Graduate of Realtor Institute, has been in the real estate business for 40 years. He met his wife Gay at Century 21, where he worked for her father, then they started their own company, Southern Wayne Realty, a few years later for 22 years, and then most recently he was an agent at Zanglin Realty in Trenton.
Realizing he wanted to be on his own again, he started Galaxy Real Estate in December 2016. Clancy specializes in commercial/industrial and residential listings. He brings his experience and high level of service expertise to every closing table. His motto is “Always put client interests first.”
Clancy said he finds his best clients through referrals of other clients, “because they know I care. We research for our clients the area comps with a personal touch.”
Clancy is a member of Trenton Business Association, the Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors, Multiple Listing Services and is a volunteer at the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.
For more information call Galaxy at (734) 558-1617. The office is located at 2836 W. Jefferson Ave., inside the Executive Suites of Trenton building near the corner of West Road.
BY SHEILA R. McAFEE
Pulling up to the corner of Sixth and Forest streets in Wyandotte is a step back in time. Within the cozy residential neighborhood, classic neon logos from Camel and Kool cigarettes shine in the windows of Frank’s Café, which has been at the corner since 1933, one of numerous corner taverns and cafes that have since closed, save for Frank’s and the Chene Adele Bar on Orange at Sixth.
Opening the door at the top of the front steps and stepping inside, not much has changed over time, from the décor to the perch fish dinners. The walls are knotty pine, the floor is linoleum and some of the tables were once used for euchre games decades ago. The perch dinner is still generous and delicious. The beer is icy cold. While many patrons order Pabst, craft beers are served, too. (read more…)
Founded in 1917, Ernest W. Smith built a small family business that focused on servicing the community and putting the customer first. In 1930, his son Edgar Smith purchased the agency on 336 Poplar St. in Wyandotte. Edgar remained president until 1967, and the agency expanded to Biddle Ave. before building its current headquarters at 1717 Fort Street in Wyandotte. (read more…)
BY JOE HOSHAW Jr.
Trenton native John Burtka was honored last month as the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Small Business Person of the Year, thanks largely to his efforts to take a lead role in the revitalization and growth of Jackson’s downtown area.
Burtka, a 1975 Trenton High School graduate, is credited with being the catalyst for three major projects having an impact on the city’s downtown. The past year has been especially busy, launching a project that will result in the revival and renovation of an abandoned historic building into a 44,000-square-foot apartment building with a first-floor grocery store. He also recently led an investment team in the purchase of another building that is expected to house a restaurant and apartments.
The projects come on the heels of the rapid growth and popularity of the Grand Rapids Brewery, which he opened in 2013. Burtka and his wife, Denise, also own and operate the Cherry Creek Winery, another business in the Jackson vicinity. The products of both businesses have been the recipients of statewide acclaim. (read more…)
Women in business leadership roles is nothing new, but featured here are special professionals who are working hard to serve our business community. One thing these busy women seem to have in common is that they are super organized, can multitask and have great senses of humor. These ladies also seem to have a good support group behind them and they tend to attract like friends and join groups with similar goals. Not only do they run businesses, many also manage households, nurture children and care for elderly relatives — as well as join groups to help the less fortunate. Ladies, we salute you!
Eldercare Home Care/Coach Stop Manor
Krishelle Kohler Wiley was born and raised on Grosse Ile and returned upon graduating from Western Michigan University. She then became an instrumental part of Eldercare Home Care, helping the elderly stay home safely and with dignity. Fifteen years ago she opened another door with an assisted-living home in Trenton, The Coach Stop Manor, which is an alternative choice for our seniors. Krishelle currently serves on The Trenton Business Association and Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber boards and enjoys spending time with family and friends. (read more…)
So maybe from the title you think I am stating the obvious. Without setting priorities, your life can quickly become a series of tasks that distract from reaching your goals. But you might be surprised by how many people let this simple truth get in the way of their success and happiness. (read more…)
BY MELANIE YOUNG
Kimberly Mott is a well-known business owner and community volunteer in Trenton who built her successful business from the ground up — and gained a little faith along the way.
Mott is the owner of Colors by Kim Hair Salon and Day Spa. Located at 3259 West Road, Trenton, Colors by Kim is a full-service salon and spa that offers a wide variety of services including cuts, color, special occasion styling, as well as nail services, skin care, hair removal and massages. According to the salon’s website, the business also specializes in color and hair artistry. (read more…)