Notable News from the Great Lakes Bay Region

Professional Hightlights from the Great Lakes Bay Region.

My Community Dental Center Now Open

My Community Dental Center’s Michigan-based nonprofit dental organization and the Bay County Health Department are celebrating the opening of their new dental center in Bay City.

The dental center is at 2614 Center Ave, in Bay City. The center will provide dental services to Medicaid enrollees, Healthy Kids Dental, Healthy Michigan Plan, low-income uninsured patients and those with private insurance seeking a dental home. MCDC is a self-sustaining operation and there are no costs to Bay County government for the delivery of care.

This six-chair center offers comprehensive dental services including oral exams/cleanings, fillings, tooth removal, partials, dentures and other dental procedures.


Hemlock Vertically Integrates Polysilicon Production

Hemlock Semiconductor Operations acquired a DuPont business that makes trichlorosilane, which is the primary raw material used in producing the ultra-pure polysilicon supplies to the semiconductor and solar industries.

By acquiring the trichlorosilane operations in Midland, Hemlock will be better able to control the supply and substantially reduce its costs. The Midland plant is about 20 miles north of Hemlock’s campus just west of Saginaw.

“This acquisition will strengthen our already strong semiconductor position,” said Hemlock Chairman and CEO Mark Bassett.


DCECU Helps Stuff the Bus

At the fifth annual Garber Chevrolet Midland “Stuff the Bus” event to collect critical supplies for early childhood programs throughout Midland County, Dow Chemical Employees’ Credit Union contributed $1,800 in school supplies.

Credit union representatives delivered DCECU’s donations to Garber during the Aug. 21 event, which was organized to benefit Midland County’s Great Start Readiness Programs, Head Start and Early Childhood Special Education, which are programs offered by the Midland County Educational Service Agency in collaboration with many early childhood partners.

The Garber event collected more than 1,200 items, including more than 60 backpacks, more than 200 food items, several hygiene products and more than 1,000 school supplies. Gift cards and cash donations totaling $750 were also collected.

Those donations will support 30 classrooms in 10 locations. All the donated nonperishable food items were taken to the Longview Early Childhood Center’s food pantry for distribution to Midland County families.


Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers

Three attorneys in Warner Norcross + Judd LLP’s Midland office have been recognized by Michigan’s Super Lawyers Magazine.

Susan M. Cook and Rozanne M. Giunta have been named to the 2020 Michigan Super Lawyers list for their work in business bankruptcy law and creditor debtor rights law, respectively. The peer-review award recognizes attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 5% of the lawyers in Michigan have been named to the list in the 15th annual publication.

Additionally, Beth L. O’Laughlin has been named to the 2020 Rising Stars list for her work in estate and probate law. The peer-reviewed award requires that attorneys be 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. Those selected are noted for having attained a high degree of peer recognition and personal achievement. Fewer than 2.5% of the attorneys in Michigan are selected for this list.


Renue Physical Therapy Announces New Hires

Renue Physical Therapy, an outpatient physical therapy company with 14 locations in mid-Michigan, recently hired nine new associates to help maintain the company’s growth.

The new hires include

  • Samantha Duchene, physical therapist assistant and patient service specialist with Renue Physical Therapy Saginaw.
  • Alex Fryzel, PT tech and patient service specialist with Renue Physical Therapy Bay City.
  • Kathy Klarich, patient service specialist with Renue Physical Therapy Auburn.
  • Gaylyn Krieger, patient service specialist with Renue Physical Therapy Bay City.
  • Jill M. Lenhard, director of infrastructure and systems with the Renue Physical Therapy corporate office in Bay City.
  • Crystal Parker, physical therapist with Renue Physical Therapy at the Greater Midland Community Center.
  • Madison Roth, physical therapist with Renue Physical Therapy Saginaw.
  • Elizabeth Svorinic, patient service specialist with Renue Physical Therapy Saginaw.
  • Haley Yaros, occupational therapist with Renue Physical Therapy at Primrose Retirement Community.

Renue Physical Therapy offers a patient-centered practice model with a focus on one-on-one care, convenient locations and exceptional clinical outcomes.


Restructuring Earns Warner Partner Recognition

Susan M. Cook, a partner in the Southfield and Midland offices of Warner Norcross + Judd LLP, has been recognized by the Turnaround Management Association for her role in the Mid-Size Company Transaction of the Year.

Cook and the team of Warner attorneys served as legal advisers to Beach Mold and Tool Inc. in New Albandy, Indiana, during its sale to NYX Inc. They provided a comprehensive restructuring aimed at returning the distressed supplier to solid footing. This effort included contract reviews, supplier negotiations, the sale of a Virginia-based subsidiary to a European buyer and the sale of Beach, all under scrutiny of Beach’s major lender.

Warner attorneys then advised Beach throughout the NYX sale process and structured the transaction documents. Based in Livonia, NYX is a minority-owned global business enterprise that designs, develops and manufactures interior and technology solutions for the automotive industry.

Warner teamed with Amherst Partners in the representation of Beach. Other professionals representing other constituents in the transaction included Wolfson Bolton on behalf of NYX and KPMG U.S. This was one of five deals recognized this year with a TMA Turnaround and Transaction Award, which are among the most prestigious and recognizable in the industry.

The transaction was also honored by the Association of Corporate Growth Detroit Chapter as its 2020 Deal of the Year over $50 million.


School Board Welcomes Scott

At the regularly scheduled board of education meeting Sept. 9, the Saginaw Intermediate School District swore in Irma Scott as a new school board member. Scott, a Saginaw resident, retired from the Saginaw Public School District after serving as a guidance counselor for 35 years and a math and science teacher for seven years at Central Middle School.

Scott has been a volunteer at the East Side Soup Kitchen since 2010 and she also tutors at Arthur Eddy Academy. She enjoys reading, exercising, taking walks and bowling. Scott graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Alcorn State University and a Master of Arts degree from Central Michigan University.

“My goal is to learn as much as I can about the current formalities of the board and discover ways in which I can serve the students and community of Saginaw County,” she said.


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