Energetx Composites http://michiganradio.org en Obama's State of the Union guests, two from Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/obamas-state-union-guests-two-michigan <p>Two people from Michigan will be the guests of First Lady Michelle Obama at tonight&#39;s State of the Union address.</p><p>Holland resident Bryan Ritterby and Detroiter Alicia Boler-Davis.</p><p><strong>Alicia Boler-Davis</strong></p><p>Boler-Davis is the plant manager at GM&#39;s Orion Assembly and Pontiac Stamping. She oversees the production of the newly released Chevy Sonic - &quot;the first new small car program from GM to be manufactured in the U.S.,&quot; according to the White House.</p><p><span style="font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: windowtext;">When President Obama and President Lee of South Korea visited GM&#39;s facility, Boler-Davis led them on the tour. </span></p><p><span style="font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: windowtext;">Boler-Davis was </span>the first African American woman to be plant manager at a GM vehicle manufacturing plant, according to <a href="http://www.diversitycareers.com/articles/pro/11-augsep/managing_gm.htm">DiversityCareers.com</a>.</p><p><strong>Bryan Ritterby</strong></p><p>Ritterby describes himself as an &quot;Average Joe.&quot;</p><p>Someone who is not all that political, and who normally wouldn&#39;t watch a State of the Union address.</p><p>Tonight, he&#39;ll be watching with Boler-Davis from the balcony in the U.S. House of Representatives.</p><p>Garrett Ellison of the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/01/energetx_worker_invited_to_sta.html">Grand Rapids Press</a> writes about Ritterby&#39;s invitation from the White House:</p><blockquote><p>Bryan Ritterby&rsquo;s crazy week started on Saturday with a ring from Energetx Composities, where he works as a lab technician, telling him the White House might be calling.</p><p>Thus began a whirlwind adventure that culminates tonight when Ritterby, 58, of Holland, will be Michelle Obama&rsquo;s guest in the First Lady&rsquo;s box for the president&rsquo;s annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress.</p><p>&ldquo;For some crazy reason, they liked my story,&rdquo; said Ritterby, who has spent all day fielding calls from reporters in his hotel room at the luxurious St. Regis Hotel in downtown Washington D.C., a block and a half from the White House.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m so nervous, I&rsquo;m leaning against the wall so my knees don&rsquo;t knock.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 20:21:32 +0000 Mark Brush 5917 at http://michiganradio.org Obama's State of the Union guests, two from Michigan Luxury yachts to wind turbines: one story of diversification in MI http://michiganradio.org/post/luxury-yachts-wind-turbines-one-story-diversification-mi <p>The recession forced many small manufacturers to find new products to make in an attempt to survive.&nbsp; That was particularly true throughout the industrial Midwest. One Michigan yacht manufacturer is taking risks in new industries to keep its factory open and employees on the job.</p><p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-971312.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-971312.mp3</a></p> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 02:48:47 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2700 at http://michiganradio.org Luxury yachts to wind turbines: one story of diversification in MI Snyder's "Reinventing Michigan" award goes to… http://michiganradio.org/post/snyders-reinventing-michigan-award-goes-to%E2%80%A6 <p>Governor Rick Snyder is honoring a West Michigan company for diversifying its business. Snyder presented <a href="http://www.energetxcomposites.com/default.htm">Energetx Composites </a>with his first &ldquo;Reinventing Michigan&rdquo; award. The award is part of a campaign promise to highlight more business success stories in the state. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 May 2011 20:55:56 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2454 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder's "Reinventing Michigan" award goes to…