DBusiness Daily Update: Rebel Nell, Jack White’s Third Man Records Create Accessory Collection, and More

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Detroit jewelry maker Rebel Nell is launching a limited-edition collection of bottle stoppers and money clips made from upcycled vinyl record materials provided by Jack White’s Third Man Records. // Courtesy of Rebel Nell
Detroit jewelry maker Rebel Nell is launching a limited-edition collection of bottle stoppers and money clips made from upcycled vinyl record materials provided by Jack White’s Third Man Records. // Courtesy of Rebel Nell

Our roundup of the latest news from metro Detroit and Michigan businesses as well as announcements from government agencies. To share a business or nonprofit story, please send us a message.

Rebel Nell and Third Man Records Create Accessory Collection

Detroit jewelry maker Rebel Nell is launching a limited-edition collection made from upcycled vinyl record materials provided by Third Man Pressing, a part of Jack White’s Third Man Records.

These pieces are made from a combination of vinyl pellets, reground records, and record trimmings known as flashing.

“The trend of vinyl records may resurface periodically, but for diehard music fans, vinyl never went anywhere,” says Amy Peterson, co-founder and CEO of Rebel Nell. “Not only do fans get a piece of something they love, but we get to reuse material to create something new and a true conversation piece.”

Third Man Records is a vinyl-focused independent record label founded and owned by musician Jack White. The company operates out of three locations — Nashville, Detroit, and Soho, London — with multiple entities expanding upon the offerings of a traditional record label, including multiple live music venues, vinyl pressing plant, film studio and dark room, guitar pedal and gear company, mastering studio, vinyl subscription service, and publishing arm.

“We are excited about this new collaboration that delightfully showcases the fundamental materials we use to bring music to life in a new way,” says Katie Edmunds, global retail coordinator for Third Man Records. “These holiday items are sure to become a keep sake for years to come.”

The new pieces developed by Rebel Nell will be sold at Third Man’s Detroit location, 441 W. Canfield, in Nashville at 623 7th Ave S. and online at thirdmanrecords.com.

Cochrane Supply Acquires Control Tech Supply in Texas

Cochrane Supply, a smart building controls distributor in Madison Heights, has acquired Control Tech Supply in Dallas to broaden its national footprint. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The move to acquire Control Tech Supply started at the 2022 Niagara Summit where joint interest and common goals led to an agreement that took six months to complete.

“Control Tech Supply significantly strengthens our reach and deepens the experience we offer to clients,” says Scott Cochrane, president of Cochrane Supply. “We are so fortunate to add such a great crew to our awesome team.”

The acquisition of Control Tech Supply will start a new chapter in smart building controls products and services to customers in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas.

Roseville’s Ultimation Adds Portec Belt Curves, Conveyors to Portfolio

Portec belt curves and conveyors by Interroll, used by some of the biggest airports in the world to move luggage, now can be ordered through Ultimation, a direct-to-consumer conveyor manufacturer in Roseville.

“Portec belt curves are durable enough to transport heavy bags through the airport system day in and day out on demanding timetables that don’t allow for downtime,” says Richard Canny, president of Ultimation. “When they do need maintenance, Portec’s easy serviceability can help get operations back up and running quickly.”

He added that other industries with demanding material handling environments, such as distribution centers, parcel handling operations, food/wine/beverage facilities, and vertical farms also can experience similar benefits with Interroll Portec systems.

Ultimation designs, builds, and integrates customized solutions from Interroll and Portec into a customer’s existing system. The complete range of Interroll modules are available through Ultimation:

  • Belt Curves are available in curvatures ranging from 15 to 290 degrees and can be used in a flat application or can work on an ascent or descent.
  • Spiral Chute Masters are made of fiberglass and resemble a slide to allow for downward travel aided by gravity.
  • Spiral Lifts are the perfect solution for vertical transport when space is a factor. The spiral lift can range in radius while keeping product orientation stable throughout the lift/descend.
  • Merges/Diverges allow for conveyors to diverge and combine with different conveyors in a swift and efficient manner.
  • Belt Conveyors are available in different configurations ranging from horizontal format to incline and decline formats.

“Portec belt curves are low maintenance and very durable, with belts known to last 10 years or longer in some cases,” says Canny. “If the belt does begin to wear out, replacements can be reinstalled in minutes since the frame construction provides easy access to the belt.”

Replacement parts and systems for Interroll belt conveyors and Portec belt curves, including a range of belts, bearings, gear motors, drum motors, and complete conveyor sections, are available through Ultimation for purchase. For more information about conveyor solutions from Ultimation Industries, visit ultimationinc.com.

Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s Annual SOCK Dinner Fundraiser Returns to Huntington Place

The 50th annual SOCK (Support Our Capuchin Kitchen) Dinner, returns to Huntington Place at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 10.

The event, presented by Comerica Bank, is in-person following a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds raised through the SOCK Dinner help provide freshly prepared meals every day to hundreds of people experiencing hardships in our community.

“The annual SOCK Dinner invites the people of southeast Michigan to share in the work of the Capuchin Friars at the Soup Kitchen that began in 1929 at the outset of the Great Depression,” says Br. Gary Wegner, OFM Cap., executive director of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. “We have always relied on the support of the community who generously offer something of themselves in support of those who are suffering through challenging times.

“Perhaps now more than ever, with a cost of living crisis pulling many more households into challenging situations, we are grateful for the support of so many in metro Detroit and beyond who answer the call.”

The 2022 honorary chairs are Mike and Carole Ritchie. Mike was recently named executive vice president and head of national and specialty businesses for Comerica Bank after previously serving as president-Michigan market. Carole has worked for the Detroit Medical Center, Beaumont Hospital, and University of Michigan Health System.

Tickets to the 50th annual SOCK Dinner are $275 per person and include dinner, refreshments, musical entertainment, a silent auction, and an afterglow event. To order tickets, call 313-579-2100 (ext. 153) or purchase online. Other ways to support the mission of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen include bidding on silent auction items or mailing or making an online donation.

2023 Kresge Artist Fellowship Application Guidelines Available Now

For the 15th consecutive year, metro Detroit artists are invited to apply for Kresge Artist Fellowships.

In 2023, Kresge Arts in Detroit, a grantee of The Kresge Foundation that is administered by the College for Creative Studies, will award 20 fellowships and 10 Gilda Awards to artists of all career stages living and working in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties.

Kresge Artist Fellowships are $25,000, no-strings-attached awards, which include professional development support and the creation of a short film highlighting the artist’s work. The fellowships and Gilda Awards will be divided between the two categories — Literary Arts and Visual Arts — based on the number of applications received in each category.

Online applications will open Dec. 1 and close Jan. 19, 2023.

Habitat for Humanity Detroit Hosts CommUnity Impact Day in 48217

Habitat for Humanity’s Detroit affiliate recently hosted a CommUnity Impact Day, an initiative engaging Detroit volunteers in a clean-up at the Our Place of Peace — Waring Street community garden to beautify the Fort Street corridor.

This volunteer initiative was developed to support local businesses and increase the neighborhood’s quality of life. The event was conducted in partnership with Marathon Petroleum Corp., an ongoing partner in Boynton and the 48217 ZIP code.

Habitat Detroit and Marathon’s Detroit Refinery deployed more than 30 volunteers to participate at the Fort Street community sites. The volunteers created a new path in the garden, created and installed park benches and tables, added new flower boxes, and handled general maintenance. This ongoing initiative also will include ongoing clean-up of Fort Street medians, installation of “Welcome to Boynton” signage, installation of flower boxes in front of businesses, the commission of a mural, and graffiti removal.

“Our partnership with Marathon will allow Habitat Detroit to make a genuine impact for our neighbors in the 48217 ZIP code,” says Stephanie Osterland, CEO of Habitat Detroit. “Through partnerships like this we are able to utilize our skills to work with the community and address their most pressing health and safety needs.”

Along with the volunteer event, Habitat Detroit recently initiated a two-year critical home repair program within the same area. The project will provide necessary home repairs to 10 homeowners who successfully completed Habitat’s application process. The program addresses issues that directly impact the homeowners’ quality of life, ensuring they occupy a habitable and safe home. Repairs include HVAC, windows, roofing, accessibility, and more.

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