2017-09-07 / Business

In brief

AMI Skilled Trades Training Center open house and ribbon cutting

FLINT TWP — Automation Movers International (AMI), 4110 Market Place, is opening a skilled trades training center in Genesee County. An Open House/ Ribbon Cutting will be held from 10 am. to noon, on September 13. Founded in 2009 by Stephen Tondu, AMI is a full service mechanical integration company specializing in the seamless installation, movement and repositioning of complex production and automation equipment. Its unique-to-the-industry, in-house training program ensures that its employees remain up-to-date in their chosen fields. Based on years of on-site project experience, AMI is now offering that level of training to automotive industry-related companies AMI currently has 175 contract employees and draws locally from a Michigan based talent pool of skilled trade employees. A sister company, AMI Contracting, works with Automation Movers International to supply critical skilled manpower needs. AMI Contracting recruits for other companies. Find out more at www.automationmovers.com

Retirement planning seminar set

GRAND BLANC — Barnett Financial and Tax will conduct a seminar on Retirement Planning for Success.

The seminar will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at Genesys Banquet & Conference Center, 805 Health Park Blvd.

Participants should arrive by 6:15 p.m. The program last about one hour and 15 minutes.

To register, visit http://ss.retirementyou.com/grandblanc-9-14 or call 810-695- 7510. — L.R.

Apple growers expect below-average crop size

CHICAGO — Michigan’s apple growers will harvest approximately 20.3 million bushels (852.6 million pounds) of apples this year, according to the official crop estimate recently announced at the US Apple Outlook meeting in Chicago. This estimate is approximately four million bushels below average. Industry members are pointing to frost damage from the spring on the reduced crop size. Michigan Apple growers experienced frost after bloom in May that caused damage to many blossoms and led to damaged fruit. But there will still be plenty of Michigan Apples for consumers to enjoy this year.

In 2016, Michigan growers harvested a robust 28 million bushels of apples, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. There are more than 11.3 million apple trees in commercial production, covering 35,500 acres on 825 family-run farms in Michigan. For more information about the apple crop, visit MichiganApples.com. — R.S.

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