Made in Michigan features local businesses
Posted on 08/04/2022
Mayor Brian Turnbull Northvillians and friends, 

Festivals are abounding this time of year. We are very excited in Northville to host the 12th annual Buy Michigan Now Festival this weekend. The following week, the Northville Food & Wine Festival will be an inviting event at Ford Field. These festivals along with other local activities will add even more excitement to our downtown social district in August.

We have a long history of “made locally.” Our community has been on the forefront of many nationwide products that originated here. In fact, I was inspired to make a list – showing businesses that started here and developed products that grew into national distribution:

• The Dubuar Manufacturing Company (wood products)
• Items from the Globe Furniture factory specializing in school desks and church benches
• The valves in Ford engines (All U.S. Ford engines)
• Patents for condensed milk from Charles Rogers
• Vanilla from the Northville Laboratories (Jogue Labs today)
• The original mills in the Michigan Territory
• One of the first cider mills in Michigan (Parmenter’s)
• From the 1800’s, Silver Springs water from the Northville well (the original Absopure mineral water of the day).
• Airplanes from the Stinson Aircraft Corporation (examples on display at the Smithsonian)
• And get this, the Tin Man suit from The Wizard of Oz was actually crafted in our community!

As we look back in our history going on almost 200 years, we are all about “Made in Michigan.”

• Buy Michigan Now is a campaign dedicated to highlighting Michigan-based businesses and positively promoting the state on a local, national, and global level.

• Did you know… If every Michigan household shifted just $10 of its weekly expense to Michigan-made products, collectively we would put $38 million each week back into our local economy? That’s over $1.9 billion per year that we as Michiganders can generate to help support the state.

• Buy Michigan Now Fest is the ultimate party to celebrate our state’s annual Buy Michigan Week activities. Small businesses take to our streets to engage with customers with displays and talk about what makes their company special.

• Food vendors will be at various locations throughout the event, and local restaurants offer indoor and outdoor seating in Northville’s social district.

• For the young, there is a Kids Zone with games and activities.
• Live entertainment from local artists will delight festival-goers through the weekend.

Be part of the Downtown Northville scene this weekend and sample specialty food in the streets, experience Michigan-based products, and quench your thirst in the social district while enjoying music, watching kids’ activities and meeting friends and neighbors.

Update On Downtown Northville Street Closures – Downtown street closures will continue for the foreseeable future. City Council voted Monday night to maintain the long-term closure of E. Main and N. Center streets. Now the work begins to draw people downtown all 12 months. Together we will make this happen!

Reminder: Cars and Coffee Saturday, 8/13, 8-10 a.m. – Join our monthly gathering (2nd Saturday) at 212 W. Cady Street, behind Old Village School next to the library. Bring a car/bring yourself.
Keep that Northville Summer Festival Faith!

Stay #NorthvilleStrong!
Brian Turnbull
Mayor – Northville
[email protected] / 248.505.6849

Buy Michigan Now sign, street vendors