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- Bay-Journal Commentary -BJ Comments by Marvin Kusmierz, Editor

Statistics
Oct. 2005
Visits: 44,939
Pages: 23
YTD 2005
Visits: 308,613
Pages: 163
Since Apr. 2002
Visits: 523,613
Views: 843,762
Pages: 1,005

October was a benchmark month for Bay-Journal! Over 44,000 visits were made to the website last month pushing us over the one half million mark since the website went online in April 2003. Also, our total webpages is now over 1,000. (The figures for October, YTD 2005 and Totals are shown in the statistics table on the right.)

I began revamping the magazine’s layout during October. The website’s updates listing is now on a separate page instead of appearing at the bottom of each month’s issue. This will allow viewers to conveniently browse all updates from a single page.

I had an opportunity to see an old roller rink on the second level of a building on the south east corner of Water and Second streets in Bay City. The building is being remodeled by the Bay City Motor Company for their new vintage and custom automobile business. Scott Cotten, a partner, contacted me to see I was interested in seeing the former Arena Roller Drome started by Harry W. Jennison in 1938 and closed around 1947.

A fire ruined a large portion of the upper level of the building and the rink was in pretty poor shape. However, the tin ceiling tiles and pillars on the western half of second-floor weren’t destroyed by fire. That level has been used mostly for storage by the various businesses that have occupied the building. Scott said they have no immediate plans to fix it up since the area isn’t needed at this time – plus, repairs would run over $100,000.

I’d like to put together a history article on roller rinks which were very popular in this area for many years. I can use help from anyone who may recall a roller rink from their youthful years, or may have information to share on the subject.

The Bay City Times newspaper deserves a “big thanks” from taxpayers for the investigative stories that have been doing concerning local government spending practices. Their most recent story released on October 29th focuses on Bay City’s sewer project that has been projected to cost $60 million or more before being completed. The Times article raises some fundamental questions about the bidding process used by the city which may have cost taxpayers $1.8 million more than necessary for work already done. These are hard times for anyone dealing with balancing because of huge increases in energy and gasoline costs over the past few year. Every dollar saved makes a big difference now-a-days. The Times can bring it to our attention, but ultimately, it’s up to us to make sure government is spending our tax money wisely.

- Featured History Subject -


Wenonah Hotel as seen from Wenonah Park.

The Wenonah Hotel (1908-1977)
Water St. & Center Ave., Bay City

Hotels are like business calling cards to a community. They give prospective visitors some indication of a community’s success.

When the Wenonah Hotel opened it’s doors for business at 5 o’clock on November 9, 1908, it was not only a monument to Bay City’s success, it set a vision and expectation for the future. That evening 1,000 ticketed guests gathered inside the spacious dining room of the hotel to be participate in celebrating the city's marque hotel.

The city had good reason to take pride in the new Wenonah Hotel, it was huge with 200 rooms, and was facilitated with the finest amenities of the time. An article in the Bay City Times that day boastfully said,

“It combines the features of both a tourist and commercial hotel, and in its entire scope and all its appointments and outfit it is surpassed by no hotel in the United States save in size in a few of the larger cities.“

Alfred E. Bousfield led the group of businessmen that built the Wenonah Hotel, and they made sure that its design and size was more than befitting of the city’s status as Michigan's third largest city after the merger with West Bay City three years earlier. The city was also a major industrial center with several enterprises that were among the countries largest in the manufacture of wooden-ware products, locomotive cranes and shipbuilding. The peak lumbering years had past, but the future was bright for the city because of these industries.

Hover, it wasn't good enough to just erect a high quality hotel on the south east corner of Water and Center where the Fraser House had burned down two years earlier. The new hotel needed to have a green area and a view of the river. Several building on the west of Water would have to be torn down to make way for a new Wenonah Park.

The Wenonah Hotel was not only a commercial success, it marked a major turning in the city's history. The city owed its rapid growth to the lumbering boom, had become a modern community of industries and culture. The new park and hotel were designed for the future, quickly became commercial success. So much so that the hotel was expanded in 1925 adding 54 more rooms.

By the 1950s, the hotel began falter from the pressures of a changing world. The primary mode of travel was the automobile which gave birth to low cost motels. And, many of the city's seasoned industries that justified the existence of the Wenonah Hotel were struggling in the face of stiffer competition. The hotel struggled under several difference ownerships until about 1965 when it ended up in bankruptcy court. Local businessman, Patrick J. Trahan, bought the hotel believing he could turn it around, but his attempt ended in 1868 when he sold it to John Rapanos, of Midland, and he converted the hotel into a rental complex for business offices and residential apartments, which kept the hotel a float. The hotel that once symbolized the city's prosperity now emulated the city declining status. The city's once mighty industrial base had eroded and many of its citizens had to the new suburbs that used to be farming land.

On December 10, 1977, the history of the Wenonah Hotel ended when it was destroyed by a terrifying fire.

  • Heritage/Writings/ {Opening of the Wenonah Hotel.} (Includes links to additional history pages.)
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  • Contact us for a free listing.


    Visit White Pages!
    Bay County Speed Skating Club
    Bay County Civic Arena, Bay City / [Visit Website]

    The Bay County Speed Skating Club has been instrumental in developing the skills of local ice skaters since it was founded in 1946 by Richard (Dick) Somalski. Over it's long history, it has had a number of acclaimed champion skaters, including Terry McDermott who went on to win an Olympic Gold Medal. Their website a schedule of their activities, photos of skaters and a brief history of club.


    Visit Yellow Pages!
    Custom Engineering Inc.
    990 S. Huron Rd., Linwood / [Visit Website]

    Custom Engineering was established in 1984. They specialize in heating and cooling systems, and are a certified Trane dealer. The company supplies systems for residential or commercial requirements. Details on the models they offer are available from their website.

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    Thinking Out Loud!
    Michelle Krueger
    Copy Editor, Bay-Journal
    Bankruptcy Signals the Need for Change.
    -- November 1:
    Delphi's bankruptcy was expected, but none the less -- it was still shocking! Big changes ahead need cool heads to work our way out of this mess.


    Please note: The featured news is an editorial service for our viewers. Its primarily focus is on local stories appearing in various public news sources. The headline and brief description for each story is prepared by the editor of Bay-Journal. Refer to the "Online Local/National News Sources" listing for additional news coverage.

    ^ Nov. 28 - Study Shows Nearly Half Of Large Municipalities Are Losing Jobs.

    WASHINGTON, D.C.: A new study by Harvard University shows that nearly half of the 82 largest U.S. cities lost jobs from 1995 to 2003, versus only one of the metropolitan areas surrounding these cities lost jobs. Michigan's Detroit and Grand Rapids were among the worst in job losses.

  • Full story: [Nov. 28: Stephen Ohlemacher, AP] - Yahoo! News

    ^ Nov. 26 - WWII Stories Of Local Veterans Captured By Delta College.

    BAY CITY: The vast majoriety of veterans that survived WWII have died in the sixty years since the war ended, and the relatively few remaining are now nearing the end of their lives. A rush is on to capture their memories of war before it's too late. Delta College has just completed a special project to do that which will be presented as an one hour documentary on Delta College's Q TV this Sunday.

  • Full story: [Nov. 26: Amy Jo Johnson] - The Bay City Times
  • Reference: {Pictorial: WWII} - Bay-Journal

    ^ Nov. 25 - Students Petition Against New Dress Code At Saginaw Schools.

    SAGINAW: A new student dress code for the Saginaw School District will take affect after the winter break. While most students have accepted the dress code standard regarding the apparel they may wear at school, a group of students at Saginaw's Arthur Hill High School are not pleased that “hooded” sweatshirts are no longer an acceptable choice. Applying the principles of a democracy, they are peacefully circulating a petition regarding the complaint on which they wish to express their grievance. – Maybe a compromise could be reached by allowing students to wear “hooded” sweatshirts to school as long the hoods are not employed.

  • Full story: [Nov. 25: Corey Mitchell] - The Saginaw News

    ^ Nov. 24 - UAW Members: Vassar Says No! Saginaw Says Yes!

    VASSAR: Workers at the Vassar plant of Means Industries, Incorporated turned down a new agreement for additional work, which afterwards was accepted by employees at the company's Saginaw plant, where the work will now be done.

  • Full story: [Nov. 23: Shawn Jenkins] - Vassar Pioneer Times

    ^ Nov. 24 - Japanese Probe To Repeat Landing On Asteroid.

    TOKYO: The Japanese space agency made history on Wednesday after landing a space probe on an asteroid 180 million miles from Earth, then afterwards ordering it to take off. But, record setting probe is scheduled to return to the asteriod at 7:00 a.m. Saturday and land once again.

  • Full story: [Nov. 24: Chisaki Watanabe] - Associated Press

    ^ Nov. 21 - Gov. Granholm Signs Job Creation Bills.

    LANSING: Governor Granholm signed a series of bills today aimed at making Michigan more competitive in attracting businesses and holding onto existing ones. A key strategy of the new legislation is to create a more diversified economy that is less dependent on the automobile industry.

  • Full story: Nov. 21: Michigan Newswire] - Michigan.gov

    ^ Nov. 21 - GMC Plans To Close 9 Plants And Cut 30,000 Jobs.

    DETROIT: Rick Wagoner, chairman and CEO of General Motors Corporation, announce plans for the company to return to profitability. Nine plants in North America will be closed by 2008, which will cut 30,000 jobs from GMC's workforce and create thousands of additional job losses at businesses relying on sales to the plants being closed. Michigan stands to lose an assembly plant and metals center in Lansing, an engine facility in Flint, and a parts plant in Ypsilanti.

  • Full story: [Nov. 21: Dee-Ann Durbin, AP] - Yahoo! News

    ^ Nov. 20 - Public Servants Plucking Taxpayers To Feather Their Own Nests.

    BAY-JOURNAL: The term public service has become a misnomer whether it's in Washington, DC or Bay County, MI. More often than not, it means taking care self-interests at the expense of taxpayers. Politicians who cannot agree on issues of the day, have no problem agreeing on pay increase for each other. But, are greedy politicians the root of this problem or is it the passive interest of citizens who put them in office in the first place?

    If your among the many who complain a lot about higher taxes, living costs, and wasteful government spending, but are waiting for someone else to do something about it, then you are a part of the problem and not the solution. That type of ageless thinking hasn’t solved the problem and is certain to perpetuate it onto the next generation. There has been plenty in the news lately that should get your dander up enough encourage you to do something besides complaining. The Bay City Times newspaper continues to hit hard on the wasteful spending of local government and public agencies. In their paper today is yet another example that shouldn't come as a surprise anylonger. Only a few days earlier, the national news reported on our representatives in Washington, DC, who voted themselves a pay raise, while just a month earlier turning down an increase in the minimum wages, which has remain the same since 1997.

    However, on matters of importance to the health of our nation, they are hopelessly in disagreement as they are locked into the position of their respective party. Ironically, we keep returning the same people to represent our interests as if rewarding them for the good job they are doing!

  • Full story: [Nov. 20: Steve Neavling] - The Bay City Times
  • Editorial: [Nov. 20: Tony Dearing] - The Bay City Times
  • Reference story: [Nov. 18: Congress Helps Self to $3,100 Pay Raise] - CBS News
  • Reference story: [Oct. 26: Congressional Pay Rises While Minium Stays Same., Helen Thomas] - Hearst Newspapers
  • Reference resource: [Salaries and Benefits of U.S. Congress Members] - About.com

    ^ Nov. 17 - Saginaw Leaders Rally In Attempt To Save Delphi Jobs.

    SAGINAW: The Delphi bankrupcy threatens Saginaw with the loss of 6800 jobs and an estimated $358 million they contribute annually to the economy. The Chamber of Commerce, Saginaw Future Inc. and Vision 2020 have rallied to form Project Delphi, a coordinated attempt designed to try and save these jobs.

  • Full story: [Nov. 17: Barrie Barber] - The Saginaw News
  • Company reference: [Website] - Delphi Corp.

    ^ Nov. 17 - "Art of Cool" Conference To Focus On Culture & Economic Growth.

    LANSING: The 11th Art of Cool conference will take place on December 8 and more than 1,000 leaders from around the state are expected to attend. This years conference will focus on ways culture can be used to help improve local and state economies.

  • Full story: [Nov. 17: Michigan Newswire] - Michigan.gov
  • Conference reference: [Website] - The Art of Cool Conference

    ^ Nov. 17 - Warrant Sought For Senior Citizen Gaming Violation.

    SEBEWAING: State police from the Bad Axe are seeking a warrant for an illegal gaming room which they uncovered in late September. The found in the slot machines at the home of a senior citizen in Sebewaing, which may have involved an elected official of Huron County. No names have been released as the matter is being reviewed by the Port Huron Prosecuter's Office.

  • Full story: [Nov. 17: Stacy Langely] - The Huron Daily Tribune

    ^ Nov. 16 - Hemlock Semiconductor Corp.'s Expansion Good Sign.

    Silicon Wafer

    HEMLOCK: Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation (HSC) will spend $400 to $500 million in a major expansion of its present facilities, which will secure high tech jobs in this area while adding another 150 jobs paying an average salary of over $46,000 each. HSC is the leading producer of bulk polycrystalline silicon used in semiconductor manufacturing around the world. Much of the recent growth at HSC comes from the solar cell industry which is now a major consumer of silicon used in making solar panels. Dow Corning is the majority owner of HSC. This is the second major expansion in the Saginaw Vallley related to manufacturing of semiconductor materials. A year ago, the new Dow Corning Compound Semiconductor Solutions, which make silicon carbide based semiconductors, open a new plant in Williams township. Other companies in the valley that have been long-time suppliers to the semiconductor industry should benefit from these expansions, such as, Midland's Dow Chemical, a major supplier of chemicals, and Carbone of America and Bay Carbon in Bay City, both suppliers of graphite components used in manufacturing semiconductor materials.

  • Full story: [Nov. 16: Cheryl Wade] - Midland Daily News
  • Update: [Nov. 17: Jeremiah Stettler] The Saginaw News
  • Update: [Nov. 20: Jeremiah Stettler] - The Saginaw News
  • Article reference: {Semiconductors And Saginaw Valley} - Bay-Journal
  • Company reference: [Website] - Hemlock Semiconductor Corp.

    ^ Nov. 16 - States's Jobless Rate In October Down Again.

    LANSING: Michigan's Jobless Rate has dropped three months in a row according to figures released by the MIchgian Department of Labor & Economic Growth. Octobers rate was 6.1 percent versus September's 6.5, while October 2004 rate was 7.2 percent. The number employed has has remained essentially the same for the past 12 months.

  • Full story: [Nov. 16: Michigan Newswire] - Michigan.gov

    ^ Nov. 15 - State May Require More Math-Science For High Schools.

    LANSING: The Michigan Department of Education is proposing that a math and science standards be add as a requirement for students to graduate from high school in Michigan. Additional requirement related to English and language arts are being considered. Justin King, executive director of the Michigan Association of School Boards commented they are in favor of guidelines, but are opposed to mandates.

  • Full story: [Nov. 15: Tim Martin] - The Huron Daily Tribune

    ^ Nov. 14 - Sundays In The City Underway In Downtown Bay City.

    BAY CITY: Holiday shoppers will find shopping in downtown Bay City will be festive during the Chirstmas holiday season. Many activities are planned by various merchants, and free carriage rides will be offered to rest your weiry feet, and the recently renovated State Theatre will be open for touring.

    Also take note that Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be arriving on November 25th to help kick off the holiday season. All are invited to Wenonah Park to greet the Claus'. The next day they'll being opening their Santa House in Bay City which is located in Veterans Memorial Park.

  • Full story: [Nov. 13: O.J. Cunningham] - MyBayCity.com
  • Christmas Spirit: {Visit Christmas Remembered!} - Bay-Journal

    ^ Nov. 13 - Times' Publishes Follow Up Stories On Local Government Spending.

    BAY CITY: The Bay City Times newspaper has published follow up stories dealing with questionable government spending, one is an open memorandum by Editor, Tony Dearing, to members of Bay County boards and commissions - the other is an editorial regarding the costs of Bay City's sewer project. Both articles speak to the issue of what is acceptable government spending? In Mr. Dearings open memorandum, he calls leaders to get in touch with the pain being experienced by taxpayers who are struggling to stretch their dollars to balance their personal budgets, while employees in the government are seemingly spending their tax money for unnecessary perks, while at the same time reducing public programs to balance the public's budget. -- Whether or not you agree with these article or previous one on the subject, the Times deserves a "thank you" from taxpayers for their willingness to take on these issues until a calvary of citizens can be mounted to actively engage in a proper resolution to the question of what expenditures are not considered appropriate use of tax money. --

  • Full story:
    - Bay County boards & commissions expenses: [Nov. 13: Tony Dearing] - The Bay City Times
    - Bay City sewer expenses: [Nov. 13: Editorial] - The Bay City Times

    ^ Nov. 11 - 980th Back Home From Irag.

    BAY CITY: Tears of joy poured from hundreds of smiling faces were everywhere last evening at T.L. Handy Middle school as the 980th Quartermaster Company arrived home by bus after spending 13 months in Irag. Governor Granholm was there to greet the Bay City based unit, which is comprised of soldiers from around this area.

  • Full story:
    [Nov. 11a: Jerry Nunn] - The Bay City Times
    [Nov. 11: Angela E. Lackey] - Midland Daily News

    ^ Nov. 11 - Operation Verify Bags 846 Missing Sex Offenders Around State.

    SAGINAW: State Police arrested 846 sex offenders who whereabout where previous unverified, and warrants for arrest have been issued on another 836 individuals. Operation Verify, which is the state's first coordinated effort aimed at sex offenders, was carried out by state and local police forces.

  • Full story: [Nov. 11: LaNia Coleman] - The Saginaw News

    ^ Nov. 09 - Taxpayers Reject Most Money Issues At Polls.

    Getting taypayers to give up their hard earned money has never been an easy matter, but in the face of poor economic times, it's darn near impossible. Major bond issues went down in defeat for both Pinconning and the Bay County public school systems, yet another time.

  • Full stories --
    - Bay County Schools [Nov. 9: Scott E. Pacheco] - The Bay City Times
    - Pinconning Schools [Nov. 9: Jerry Nunn] - The Bay City Times
    - North East MI [Nov. 9: Helen Lounsbury] - The Bay City Times
    - Bad Axe Election [Nov. 9: Josh Fahlsing] - Huron Daily Tribune
    - Midland [Nov. 9: Tony Lascari] - Midland Daily News
    - Saginaw [Nov. 9: Mike Thompson] - The Saginaw News
    - Birch Run [Nov. 9: Susan J. Demas] - The Saginaw News

    ^ Nov. 08 - Sewer Bids Deemed Okay - Went To Only Qualified Source!

    BAY CITY: City manager, Robert V. Belleman, informed city commissions on Monday that the sewer bidding process was proper and legitimate. The reason being is the city staff had already disqualified other two bidders leaving Liquid-Force the sole qualified bidder. -- The city manager characterized the Times' October 29th story that brought the issue to question, as erroneous and misleading. He offered no explanation on why he and the city commission were mislead when they reviewed three bids on the sewer project without knowing at the time that only one bidder was considered qualified by the city's staff to do the work?

  • Full story: [Nov. 8: Pattie Brandt] - The Bay City Times

    ^ Nov. 07 - Feb. 2006 Opening Planned For New Central Library


    Bay-Journal photo: Nov. 2005.

    BAY CITY: The new central library is expected to be ready for customers in February 2006 at which time it will become the "Alice and Jack Wirt Public LIbrary" in recognition of the family's $750,000 donation towards construction of the new building. Regular patrons of the old Central Library building are bound to be delighted by the expansiveness of the new building, which appears even greater than its actual size because of the extensive use of large windows on the exterior walls of the new library. The location of the new library marks the end of a piece of Bay City's earliest history. When the plat for the Village of Lower Saginaw (Bay City) was laidout, it included a permanent park at the four corners intersecting at Center Ave. and Jefferson St. One half of the Battery Park now serves as a part of the landscaping for the entrance of the new library. However, the library board and city believe the park will be even better as a result.

  • Full story -- [Nov. 7: Jeff Kart] - The Bay City Times
  • Other photos -- {Aug. 2004: Demolition} {Dec. 2004: Construction}

    ^ Nov. 06 - Senior Citizens Agency Spending Is Times' Latest Focus.

    BAY CITY: Time's reporter Steve Neavling, who has of late been specializing on investigative reports on spending by government officials, has completed a report on the Region VII Area Agency on Aging. His findings show the agency spent $155,000 in credit card charges since 2001 for a items ranging from employee gifts and parties, to fourteen out of state trips. -- The Region VII Area Agency on Aging is a private non-profit agency supported by local, state and federal government funding.

  • Full story -- [Nov. 6: Steve Neavling] - The Bay City Times

    ^ Nov. 4 - $3 Billion Michigan Jobs Program Agreement Reached.

    LANSING: An agreement has been reached between Governor Granholm and legislative leaders for job creation funds, incentives and restructuring of business taxes that'll amount to $3 billion dollars. The tax incentive program is designed to make Michigan attractive to businesses in order to retain existing jobs and create new ones.

  • Full story -- [Nov. 4: Michigan Newswire] - Michigan.gov

    ^ Nov. 4 - Village - Township Feud May Give Birth To New City.

    BIRCH RUN: The village of Birch Run isn't happy with township which bears the same name. It seems the two have been feuding off and on since village was known as "Deer Lick," before it changes its name in 1868. The most recent thing upsetting many in the village is a new proposed 2-mill police levy by the township which already has its own police department. The feud has heated up and the village is talking about divorcing itself from the township and becoming Saginaw County's fourth city.

  • Full story -- [Nov. 4: Susan J. Demas] - The Saginaw News

    ^ Nov. 4 - DEQ & Dow Meeting To Present Latest Dioxin Cleanup Plan.

    MIDLAND: The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Dow Chemical Company have scheduled a meeting for this Wednesday at the Horizons Conference Center to explain the next steps that will be taken to further understand the scope of dioxine soil contamination in Midland and along the Tittabawassee river.

  • Full story -- [Nov. 4: Kathie Marchlewski] - Midland Daily News

    ^ Nov. 4 - Ubly Gets Extention On Drinking Water Issue.

    UBLY: Village leaders are breathing a little easier after reaching an agreement with the state's Department of Environmental Quality that will give them until May 2008 to come into compliance with the federal standard on drink water.

  • Full story -- [Nov. 4: Matt Treadwell] - The Huron Daily Tribune

    ^ Nov. 2 - Bay Road Strip To Become Cardinal Square.

    SAGINAW: Working together the townships of Saginaw and Kochville has received a $750,000 state grant to move ahead on plans that'll define the one mile stretch of Bay Road from Schust to near the Ethan Allen store as Cardinal Square. The new streetscaping will include red stamped sidewalks, decorative lighting, new landscaping and a number of other distinctive features.

  • Full story -- Nov. 2: Susan J. Demas] - The Saginaw News

    ^ Nov. 1 - Two Shooting Incidents, One Fatality - Cause For Alarm!

    SAGINAW: Halloween ended on a sad note around midnight in Buena Vista Township at a gathering of 100 teenagers that resulted in a gun-fight injuring three teens, one in critical condition. In a second incident at 1 a.m., a 21 year-old male was fatally wounded from a gun-shot to his chest in the hallway outside his west side Saginaw apartment. The two shooting incidents come on the heals of the recent shooting at the Saginaw High School.

  • Full story -- [Nov. 1: LaNia Coleman] - The Saginaw News
  • Full story -- [Nov. 1: Joe Snapper] - The Saginaw News

    ^ Nov. 1 - Site Off Fast Ice Drive Chosen For New Midland Jail.

    MIDLAND: After months of debate the Midland County Board of Commissioners voted 6 to 1 in favor of a parcel of land off Fast Ice Drive in Midland, near the city's new civic arena. The alternate site chosen in case there is a problem with the first choice, is a parcel near the corner of Rockwell and Bay City roads, which has been a point of argument by residents living the nearby Bay County.

  • Full story -- [Nov. 1: Kathie Marchlewski] - Midland Daily News

    ^ Nov. 1 - Using Energy Star Light Bulb Saves $25 Over Its Life-time.

    LANSING: The price of Engery Star flourescent light bulbs may be high, but save you money over their life-time according to the Michigan Public Service Commission, which is encouraging consumers to make the switch. It is estimated that replacing only five incandescent light bulbs in your home can save $60 per years. Another big plus is energy savings bulbs reduce green house gas emissions. The states estimates that if every Michigan household replaced only one incandescent bulb it would be save $25 million in energy costs and reduce gas emissions by an amount equal what is produced by 38,000 cars.

  • Full story -- [Nov. 1: Michigan Newswire] - Michigan.gov

    ^ Nov. 1 - Bankruptcy Signals the Need for Change.

    ARTICLE: The recent bankruptcy of the auto supplier Delphi Corporation was disheartening, demoralizing, and even horrifying. But it's not surprising. The automobile industry in Michigan has long had its share of troubles, and this is only the latest.

  • Full article -- {Nov. 1: Michelle Krueger} - Bay-Journal.com
  • Related story -- [Nov. 1: Delphi bankruptcy impact] - Reuters
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