Donors Support MBA Advisory Committee on Infrastructure and Engineering Study on Flooding

July 6, 2021

Midland area community organizations and businesses have made donations to the Midland Business Alliance (MBA) Advisory Committee on Infrastructure in order to support an engineering study on flooding in the Tittabawassee River Watershed, as well as advocacy and communication efforts. The committee co-chairs, J.W. Fisher and Lee Ann Keller, shared the list of initial donors:

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MBA Provides Testimony on Flooding Issues to U.S. House Subcommittee

June 22, 2021

In early June, Tony Stamas submitted written testimony to the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. Stamas was representing the Midland Business Alliance (MBA) as its President and CEO and wrote on behalf of the businesses and citizens of Midland County and the Great Lakes Bay Region (GLBR).

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Quadsil named ‘Best Silicone & Silane R&D Company’ for 2021

By Matt DeVries

Quadsil, located on the southeast side of Midland just south of Bay City Rd, was the proud recipient of some hardware at the end of April. They were named “Best Silicone & Silane Research & Development Company for 2021 by Global Health & Pharma’s Biotechnology Awards.

It was the sixth year of GHP’s annual awards as they continue to highlight the pioneers within the biotechnology space.

“GHP is proud to recognize and acknowledge the innovative pioneers and dedicated leaders across the sector, including everything from chemists, clinicians and researchers, to manufacturers, consultants and those providing peripherals and specialist services,” they stated.

This isn’t the first time Quadsil has received an honor such as this. Beginning in 2019, they’ve also won back-to-back-to-back awards in Silicone and Siloxane Technology for their chemistry in the development of SiArmor hand gel. It provides 4-8 hours of antimicrobial protection and breaks the chain in cross-contamination. This past year during the pandemic, it was even tested against the COVID-19 virus.

On behalf of the MBA, we want to congrautalte Quadsil on yet another outstanding acheivement. Below you can find the GHP article announcing their award.

A research and development lab based in Michigan, QuadSil Inc is an innovative leading the heart of some of the world’s most faced paced scientific developments, and it benefits from working within such a dynamic and diverse industry. It uses this to serve its client base with dedication and diligence. With a customer-first business model that forges a vital part of what makes it stand head and shoulders above its competitors, offering informative services relating to its products as well voice in the silicone and silane focused field. A consultancy expert centre as well as a rigorous and forward-thinking R&D company, QuadSil creates antimicrobial products that push it to the forefront of the market. Its main concerns lie in the advancement of its products via product prototyping, scale-up manufacture, and consultancy operations that forever bring QuadSil back to the priority of advancing science and technology specifically relating to the materials it uses. It is a direct manufacturer and seller of a wide variety of antimicrobial products, too – bringing in another revenue stream that supports its research. Its motto is ‘experience the difference’. By  following this, it has been able to create products under its value proposition that are exemplary and intelligent.

It has also benefitted from rapid development and scale-up growth, expanding quickly as a company until it made itself a solid competitor in its field. QuadSil takes the rigor of its research very seriously, and so has funneled significant effort into developing processes that are watertight and effective. Through having a standardized way of working like this, it can cut back on the risk of error and more comfortably guarantee the standard of the resulting product. Operating out of the US puts it in as protectable product prototype development.

All its operations are also backed up by its philosophy and mission statement, to first and foremost see to its client’s needs, and to educate them on silicon and silane. It does this by focusing on what about its operations result in success and adapting to do more of what works. With this method, it has successfully cultivated a strong client base, one that grows ever more informed as QuadSil itself develops as a company, in a positive feedback loop that benefits all involved. The factors and required competencies that it prizes amongst its team, all of whom are highly qualified and extremely efficient, drive its innovations ever forward and inspire it to continually strive for better. It is after all their ideation and vision that guides the direction of the business. In this way, QuadSil is first and foremost powered by ambition.

As it hits targets and milestones along its roadmap to success, QuadSil ensures the rapid development of information and product creation ingenuity that matches the speed of the scientific world itself. With updates being implemented daily and the field generating new better processes on a similarly exponential timescale, this company retains a commitment to keeping its finger on the pulse of its sector, ensuring it can remain competitive. All of this helps QuadSil to achieve its vision of establishing a global presence. It is currently cementing itself thoroughly in the niche of US silicone and silate product R&D, but is in the perfect position to begin future expansion. To do this, it will be focusing on developing Si based prototypes for  conversion to protectable commercial product forms for its clients. Development of products in QuadSil’s lab offers a client opportunity, chemical and engineering expertise, strict performance analysis, technology options, and protection through its strict application of regulations; and it will of course continue to do this even after its expansion.

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Midland Business Alliance, MidMichigan Health & Midland County Department of Public Health Partner to Bring “Vaccines on the Road”

In an effort to increase vaccination rates around Midland County, the Midland County Department of Public Health, MidMichigan Health and Midland Business Alliance (MBA) have partnered to offer “Vaccines on the Road.”

This program will bring vaccines directly on-site to local employers who wish to participate.

“Getting as many people vaccinated as possible is critical to reopening our economy,” said Tony Stamas, MBA President and CEO. “We know that time off work and travel time are some of the common reasons for employees to not get vaccinated, so we hope these clinics will eliminate those barriers.”

Medical professionals from MidMichigan Health or the Health Department will be on hand to give a short presentation with information about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccination to ease any fears those considering vaccination have.

“We believe that the currently available COVID vaccines are safe and effective,” said Lydia Watson, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer, MidMichigan Health. “They have gone through the most intensive safety monitoring in US history. We recommend getting vaccinated if you are eligible!”

Lastly, as one last form of incentive, those who receive the vaccine will get a $25 gift card to a local restaurant.

“We need to get a significant proportion of the population immune to COVID-19 in order to keep the spread of disease low,” said Dr. Catherine M Bodnar, medical director for the Midland County Department of Public Health. “To accomplish this, people who are eligible for the vaccine need to get fully vaccinated.”

Employers interested in hosting a vaccine clinic can contact Jim Reaume at jreaume@mbami.org or (989) 839-9522.

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Midland Business Alliance President Provides Testimony to U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on GLBR Flooding Issues

In early May, Tony Stamas submitted written testimony to the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies. Stamas was representing the Midland Business Alliance (MBA) as its President and CEO and wrote on behalf of the businesses and citizens of Midland County and the Great Lakes Bay Region (GLBR).

In the testimony, Stamas explained the levels of damage from the May 2020 flooding and dam breaches, as well as the history of flooding in the Tittabawassee River Watershed. The testimony included an overview of the losses, the rebuilding efforts and the continuing progress in the GLBR.

“Following the May 2020 flood event, and the subsequent major disaster declaration, we have benefited greatly from the continued support of the Corps of Engineers, FEMA, USDA, NOAA and EPA,” started the testimony. “None of our recovery efforts to date would have been possible without our federal government partners, including the remarkable efforts of Representative John Moolenaar, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Senator Gary Peters, and members of the bipartisan Michigan congressional delegation.”

The Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies has jurisdiction over the Department of Energy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Civil and other federal agencies. Due to the pandemic, testimony for the subcommittee’s Fiscal Year 2022 Public Witness Hearing was requested in writing and will be printed in the subcommittee’s permanent record.

Stamas and the MBA asked the subcommittee to support greater funding for the Corps of Engineers and to urge the Corps “to participate and coordinate as an essential federal stakeholder, with other federal partners, on developing and supporting measures to mitigate the severity of future flood events to protect Midland and the GLBR.”

The MBA Board of Directors recently created the MBA Advisory Committee on Infrastructure (ACI).

“The focus of this task force is on finding options – through community involvement and the advice of experts – to help mitigate the frequency and severity of flooding in Midland and the GLBR,” said J.W. Fisher, MBA Board of Directors and ACI Chair.

The committee is made up of MBA board members, members of the community at large, an MBA staff representative, and representatives from the Four Lakes Task Force, Midland County and the City of Midland (ex officio).

“As the advisory committee makes progress on initial planning, more information will be coming in the weeks ahead,” said Fisher.
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Midland Business Alliance Forms Advisory Committee to Help Mitigate Long-Term Flooding Issues

Businesses and residents of Midland County and the Great Lakes Bay Region have a long history of dealing with flooding. To take a deeper look at legacy flooding challenges and related sanitary sewer issues, the Midland Business Alliance (MBA) has formed a special advisory committee.

The MBA Advisory Committee on Infrastructure is charged with determining how best to work with local, state and federal partners to address longstanding issues that impact citizens, the business community and economic development.

“We are approaching the anniversary of last May’s devastating flooding and dam breaches, but many of us remember that unforgiving rains and floods have occurred in the Midland area in 1986, 1996, 2013 and 2017, as well as 2020,” said J.W. Fisher, Committee Chair. “The dam breaches obscured the fact that a significant flood event was already in progress last year.”

“The floods clearly have affected citizens. Added to this, there is the negative impact on jobs, economic growth, property values and tax revenues in the Midland area,” said Tony Stamas, MBA President & CEO. “While we don’t pretend that we can eliminate flooding completely, we believe the MBA Advisory Committee on Infrastructure can focus on ultimately finding ways and providing recommendations to help mitigate the frequency and severity of flooding.”

The committee is made up of MBA board members, members of the community at large, an MBA staff representative, and representatives from the County and City of Midland (ex officio). The committee will report back regularly to the MBA President and CEO.The MBA Advisory Committee on Infrastructure includes:

  • Committee Chair: J.W. (James) Fisher (Fisher Contracting, President)
  • Noel Bush (former City of Midland Utilities Director)
  • Mike Erickson (MidMichigan Health, VP Facilities and Construction)
  • Bridgette Gransden (County of Midland, Administrator/Controller) (ex officio)
  • Lee Johnston (Johnston Contracting, President)
  • Brad Kaye (City of Midland, City Manager) (ex officio)
  • Lee Ann Keller (Omni Tech International, President and CEO)
  • Dave Kepler (Four Lakes Task Force, President) (ex officio)
  • Sharon Mortensen (Midland Area Community Foundation, President and CEO)
  • Bill Schuette (Community Volunteer)
  • Tony Stamas (Midland Business Alliance, President and CEO)

“The key ingredients to reducing the severity of flooding in the Midland area will be building widespread community involvement and participation as we move forward. We have so much talent in our town,” Stamas said. “As we further involve and engage our community, from all walks of life, more and better ideas and solutions will emerge to build a stronger Midland and region.”

Stamas also stated that further information will be coming in the weeks ahead as the advisory committee makes progress on initial planning and identifies goals and objectives.

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