TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Edwin G. Thirlby, founder of Thirlby Automotive in 1958, and a car trunk have evolved into 11 Thirlby Automotive locations in Northern Michigan that serve over 1,200 accounts and many additional daily walk-up customers. Edwin W. Thirlby (the present owner and Edwin. G. Thirlby’s son) explains, “In the late 1950s my father was working at a marina and a guy came along selling wax. He told him he was retiring.
Michigan has experienced six years straight of automotive sector growth, according to an analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data. After plummeting to a 21st century low in 2009, the 2015 rate again marked improvement in employment, with about 122,400 Michigan workers in the field compared to 117,600 the year before. In the Nov. 8 election, both major-party candidates have promised to preserve the boom. When in Michigan, both Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton keyed in on the issue of manufacturing strength as a point of persuasion for undecided voters.
The winter snowstorms happen every year and should not come as a surprise to Michigan residents. However, plenty of drivers act as if amnesia came over them and they have forgetten how to drive in such slippery conditions. Meridian Township Police Department Lt. Greg Frenger confirmed that, within the past few months, they have seen an increase in phone calls regarding accidents. “I’d have to look up my stats for the month of January, but at the end of last year we were up high,” Frenger said. The combination of slick pavement and cold temperatures turns roads into places fit for an ice skater, but definitely not a car.