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Stormy Kromer Named “Coolest Thing Made In Michigan” at 2018
IRONWOOD, MI (November 13, 2018) - On Thursday, November 8, Stormy Kromer was awarded the title of the Coolest Thing
Made in Michigan for its Original Stormy Kromer cap at the Second Annual Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) awards held in Lansing.
The People’s Choice Award was the culmina- tion of a months-long social media campaign which narrowed a wide variety of Michigan- made products down to a competitive Top 10 ten list that was open to public voting.
“It means a tremendous amount to us to know that Michigan loves our iconic cap as much as we love to make it,” said Gina Thorsen, presi- dent of Stormy Kromer, a division of Jacquart Fabric Products.
In a world that often defaults to disposable, the company remains committed to making high-quality gear that is made to last a lifetime.
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driver’s license application process that includes a vision and written test as well as a third-party driving skills test. You will also be required to provide documents to prove your identity, resi- dency and legal presence.
To learn more about eliminated driver respon- sibility fees, visit sponsibility or contact the Department of State Information Center at (888) 767-6424.
art, visitors of all ages are invited to take the free Factory Tour that is offered Monday through Friday at 1:30 pm (central standard time). To learn more about Stormy Kromer, please visit, including to sign up for a tour or take the virtual version.
For a full list of the Top 10 Finalists, please visit announcing-the-top-10-finalists-for-the- coolest-thing-made-in-michigan-peoples- choice-award.
Established in 1903, Stormy Kromer is an outdoor apparel
company comprised of genuine, hardworking artisans who strive to provide classic, yet contemporary products with the same passion, purity and practicality as the first Stormy Kromer cap over a century ago. Located in Michigan’s beau- tiful Upper Peninsula, today
Stormy Kromer proudly continues its tradition of hand- crafting American made products and supporting American made jobs. For more information,
Rep. LaFave: End of
Fees Brings Relief To Local Drivers
The original Stormy Kromer cap has been in existence for more than 100 winters thanks to a dedicated group of hard-working employees that take great pride in crafting products that are representative of the legacy of Stormy Kromer.
“When you talk about cool and Michigan- made, the competition is intense; Michigan manufacturers innovate on a scale rivaling any- thing found in the world and they do it while utilizing the world’s best talent and finest qual- ity,” said Chuck Hadden, MMA president and CEO.
“The original Stormy Kromer cap is iconic in its look and has survived and thrived through countless Michigan winters to become an acces- sory that everyone wants to have. I congratulate the entire Stormy Kromer team on creating not just a cool product, but the Coolest Thing Made in Michigan.”
To see firsthand that craftmanship isn’t a lost
Plan waives fees for 305,000 motorists State Rep. Beau LaFave today said the new law eliminating punitive driver responsibility fees in Michigan took effect, bringing relief to
hundreds of thousands of motorists.
LaFave, of Iron Mountain, voted for the plan, which was signed into law in March as part of a multi-bill package ending the fees and
offering full forgiveness of outstanding debt. “Going without a driver’s license in the Upper Peninsula makes it nearly impossible to get to work and earn a living,” LaFave said. “Eliminating these costly and unnecessary fees will allow people to regain their driving privi- leges and put struggling families on a path to
With the elimination of the fees, about
305,000 motorists will be relieved of driver responsibility fee debt that caused hardship. Changes to the law also permitted about 27,000 motorists to have their fees immedi- ately waived earlier this year because they had enrolled in a qualifying payment plan before Feb. 1. Another 13,500 were previously grant- ed relief because they had participated in a workforce development program.
As of now:
· If you have an unexpired Michigan license and do not have any open actions - such as a
license suspension, denial or revocation - your driving privileges are restored. The $125 stan- dard reinstatement fee will be waived and there is no need to visit a Secretary of State office.
· If your Michigan driver’s license is expired and it has been less than four years since you had a valid driver’s license, you must renew your license either online or at a Secretary of State office before you may drive. The $125 standard reinstatement fee is waived through Dec. 31.
· If your license has been expired more than four years, you must renew your license at a Sec- retary of State office. You will need to repeat the
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