Halo Burgers – Flint
I never heard of Halo Burgers though they have been a fixture in Flint, MI since 1967.
New ownership has recently expanded Halo Burgers into Lansing, MI and several other locations. Reviews suggest Halo on the par with Wendy’s or even a bit better.
By also expanding into the Detroit metro area….perhaps the new owners can create a strong regional brand. Of course, it all depends on product quality and service….the test for any successful business.
The Stow Company
Solid manufacturing companies are the foundations of most local economies. Every state has them….in Holland, MI….The Stow Company is a very successful business.
From WZZM13: http://www.wzzm13.com/news/regional/272580/5/Made-in-Michigan-The-Stow-Company
West Michigan is the center of the office furniture industry with the three major manufactures (Steelcase-Herman Miller-Hawwoth) located in the area. A company like Stow is a natural fit….originally started as a laminator and fabricator for office furniture and store display manufacturers.
The key point of the story and a competitive advantage for Stow is the automated processes and quick order turnaround….and a desirable product.
Ford + Norge
Ford motor has a huge 5-million-square-foot ultra modern assembly plant in Wayne, MI. The plant with nearly 5,000 employees, working in three shifts, makes primarily the Ford Focus….though it can easily shift to other models.
From the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/30/automobiles/100-years-down-the-line.html?_r=0
One of my first “real” jobs was working on a Norge refrigerator assembly line….no clean floors or robots in the Norge plant….it was a factory from the 30’s with numerous people assembling refrigerators. My job….attaching the compressor to the back of the refrigerator box….4 metal screws at 60 units per hour.
Assembly lines are a vital part of manufacturing….not like the grungy Norge line….more technology driven. “Yet it stlll comes down to the assembly line to integrate the latest features seamlessly into the final product.”
Assembly lines will be around for awhile.
+ Where are they now – October 2008
- US 31 Bar-B-Q – A Muskegon legend and still very tasty
- New Markets – Fresh & Easy: Chp. 11, Marketside (Wal-mart) Closed
- Business Basics – Plan…Organize….Direct….Control. Also – in 2013….People….Innovation….Brand….The Customer.
+ Training is obsession for ballet/theater companies, symphonies, sports teams, the military. So: WHY NOT BUSINESS??? – Tom Peters
+ The future increasingly belongs to those that care enough to make products and services for those that care. – Seth Godin
+ Hate headlines like “Looking for an Edge?”, “How to Crush the Competition.” I love to “win.” But “secret” is “Do [Evermore] Fabuluous Work. – Tom Peters
+ From Springwise: Excellent idea-Emergency response device: http://www.amulyte.com/
+ Branding is not only never done, it’s never even 25% done – Tom Peters
+ More on Branding from BusinessNC: ” As we improve our website, which is our No. 1 marketing mechanism to showcase who Belk is and what our brand stands for.” – Ivy Chin
+ Jim Goodnight and the origins of SAS, The world’s largest privately owned software company. http://www.businessnc.com/articles/2013-10/good-measure-category/