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United Solar files for bankruptcy

GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - He says he knew the company was struggling, but laid off United Solar Ovonic employee Stephen Perry says the company's bankruptcy announcement is still a surprise.

"It's a big shock," says Perry. "It's a big blow, I'm sure, for a lot of people."

Energy Conversion Devices, Inc., the Auburn Hills company that owns United Solar, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday. Executives say they have huge debt, a mountain of retirement obligations and too few customers buying solar energy panels.

"The company has been in a slow and steady downturn for a period of time," confirms United Solar Ovonic Grandville Plant Manager Tim Kelley.

When Electrolux moved their refrigerator factory to Mexico several years ago hopes were high United Solar would be the city's new economic anchor.

It has not worked out that way.

"It's very disappointing," says former State Representative Mike Huckleberry.

United Solar Ovonic files Chapter 11, up for sale

UPDATE AT 4:30 P.M. (WZZM) -- Executives with United Solar Ovonic and its parent company say years of debt are forcing them to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Uni-Solar and its parent, Energy Conversion Devices, each filed for bankruptcy Tuesday.

At one time, Uni-Solar employed more than 400 people in Greenville.  Currently there are 70 people regularly working at the facility, but plant manager Tim Kelley expects the rest to be placed on furlough soon.

The Greenville plant has not been operational since November 6, and at least 100 workers are currently on "temporary but indefinite furlough."

Kelley says operations will be halted unless Uni-Solar's current production stock sells out or the company receives more orders for new stock.

Second Annual Team Challenge Race this weekend at Thrifty Acres Indoor BMX

Second Annual Team Challenge Race this weekend at Thrifty Acres Indoor BMX

From the Thrifty Acres Indoor BMX facebook page:

OK guys, if you're anywhere near next weekend we will be turning up the heat. THRIFTY ACRES BMX will be holding its Second Annual Team Challenge Race. We will start off the pot with a clean $500. Check out the flyer. We will also hold a RACE FOR LIFE. Racing action will be hot so come on out!

Take the Plunge

Take the Plunge

Benefit Special Olympics Michigan with your participation in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge, sponsored by Sam’s Club or just come out to watch on February 11 at Clifford Lake Inn at 561 Clifford Lake Drive in Stanton, Michigan 48888. WZZM 13’s, Juliet Dragos will be judging people who will be taking the plunge. Registration is at 12:00pm with the Parade of Costumes & the Plunge scheduled for 3:00pm. The Plunge Party immediately follows.

Plunge attire can be anything but a wet suit. Shoes are required. Keep in mind that there is a costume contest and the winner will receive the Golden Plunger Award.

Participants receive, free admission to the Post Plunge Party, bragging rights for “freezing your fur” for a great cause plus the opportunity to earn great Polar Plunge incentives!

BAS - Parent Lunch Survey

BAS - Parent Lunch Survey

From: http://www.bas-k12.org

We are reviewing our lunch service that is provided to our students and want your feedback.  Please take a moment to fill out the survey linked below to help our food service department.  All parents and guardians of BAS students are encouraged to complete the survey.

Thank you for your help!

Click here to complete the Parent Lunch Survey.

Give the Gift of Life!

Give the Gift of Life!

The American Legion Post #101 at 1320 West Washington Street in Greenville welcomes your blood donation for those in need, February 15 from 11:30am to 7:00pm.

Mark your calendars to make a difference with your blood donation every 3rd Wednesday of even-numbered months from 11:30am to 7:00pm at the American Legion Post #101 in Greenville. Call: 1-866-MIBLOOD for more information.