Birdie Britches seeks to create intriguing toys to keep birds curiously entertained for hours. Owner Lisa McManus says, "Toys should be intriguing to the birds, but also pleasing to their owners. I will sit and watch the birds play to see what toys attract them and hold their interest-a particular shape, a particular texture, sound, or color, or all four stimulants. They will even change their preferences from day to day, but still have their favorites. " Birdie Britches are also designed to intrigue and delight the owners as well.
About The Toys
Birdie Britches are great foraging toys designed for hours of discovery. Made from infant and children's overalls of denim or denim weight material, something is hidden in each pocket or hanging from the belt loops; such as in-shell almonds wrapped in a coffee filter or brightly colored plastic chain; a poly rope strung with beads hangs from a belt loop, a small stuffed toy has its head sticking out of a pocket. The birds love the foraging aspect as well as the comfort of snuggling up to cloth while pet owners love the fact that the britches can be thrown in the washer when they are dirty and refilled with new surprises. (See the full excerpt at www.birdiebritches.com)
Toys by Birdie Britches are tested by their team of board certified toy testers - Lalo the Military Macaw, Cody Ann the African Grey, Maddie the Greater Vasa, Zelda the White Belly Caique, Hummer the White Eared Conure, Buster the Blue Front Amazon, Tribble the Alexandrine, and the rest of the toy testing crew.
Mr. Chain has made it possible for animal lovers to incorporate plastic chain into many toys and accessories for pets by reformulating the chain material to be free of heavy metals.
Til next time,
The traditional Mr. Chain logo, developed by Mr. Russo in 1969, has aided in M R Products, Inc. emerging as a successful player in the plastic manufacturing industry over the past 51 years.
Today, we are officially introducing the new Mr. Chain logo! Mr. Chain recently received a grant from Michigan Business: Surviving to Thriving. With this grant a complete marketing plan was developed by Power Marketing and Research of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The plan covered communications, a newsletter format, and the development of our new logo. There were several steps during the planning stage which included the completion of a workbook provided by Power Marketing. Combined with the completion of the workbook and much discussion, Power Marketing presented us with four different logos. After thorough consideration, we all agreed that the one pictured below best represented Mr. Chain with the incorporation of the chain links and a clean, modern look.
We will be rolling out new branding in all areas of the business gradually. You will see the new branding on our website (mrchain.com), blog (mrchainreaction.com), catalogs, and packaging. While we continue to experience new stages of growth in the plastic manufacturing industry, we are also moving forward to improve our brand recognition and awareness surrounding plastic chain and stanchions.
The U.S. Small Business Administration reports there are nearly 28 million small businesses in the United States and they are responsible for creating 65 percent of new jobs. In addition, small businesses strengthen the local economy by returning $68 for every $100 spent to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures.
In an effort to boost the American economy, American Express is sponsoring the 2nd annual Small Business Saturday November 26, 2011. Many companies such as FedEx, Google, Facebook, eBay and 200 more are supporting the cause. Find the entire list of supporters at:
Small Businesses like M R Products d/b/a Mr. Chain, keep dollars here in the United States while strengthening and promoting the health of the local economy. As a qualified small business, Mr. Chain has brought hundreds of jobs to the Manistee County area over the years and continues to promote the local economy with American-made plastic products.
Be sure to “Shop Small” November 26th!
The Pride of Our Country
By Roger Robicheau
Today as before, our brave do fight
For a land they love, a flag so right
The pride of our country, yes they are
The strength of our nation, best by far
Just as our brave from each war gone by
They march for us proudly, flag held high
From all over this land they come to serve
They’re taught by the best, this they deserve
When troops give their all, the world does see
Whether serving on land, in the air, or at sea
The pride from this country, march through war
With home drawn strength, held deep in their core
Our best are so awesome, their loved ones well know
May God guide their journey where they - for us - go
What these brave must have is support from their own
The love from their people, firm thankfulness shown
Our greatest achievement is that we’re still free
Please take time and ponder who caused this to be
We would like to extend a gratifying Thank You to all Veterans from Mr. Chain!
Have a Frightfully Delightful Day!
We’ve found time here at Mr. Chain to take a break from manufacturing plastic chain and stanchions to enjoy the many beautiful fall colors Northern Michigan has to offer.
The falling leaves and autumn weather have all in the mood for some warm apple crisp and sweet cider. Here is a favorite fall recipe from the kitchen of Bambi Steffen, our Order Entry Manager.
Warm Apple Crisp
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 cups apples - peeled, cored and chopped
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C.) Lightly grease an 8 inch square pan.
In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, oats, flour and butter. Mix ingredients until crumbly. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon and top with crumb mixture. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown.
Hope you enjoy this recipe and all your favorite fall foods and activities!
Alexandria Bower, the newest member of our team, joined us in early October. Her focus will be on marketing and research, as well as implementing the new Mr. Chain logo and branding.As a newbie, to the plastic chain and stanchion market , she is excited to get started exploring and further defining the demand for our products.
Alex is a recent graduate of DeVos Graduate School of Management where she received her MBA. She graduated with a BBA in Marketing and Advertising from Northwood University in 2010. During her undergraduate studies at Northwood, she was involved with the Northwood University International Auto Show (NUAIS) and experienced European culture through a study abroad trip to London and Paris. She currently resides in the Lake Ann area and is an active volunteer of the Alzheimer’s Association—Northern Michigan Region.
That’s All Folks!
Plastic Pete has unfortunately gone the way of the dodo bird and will no longer be able to handle the blogging duties for Mr. Chain. Plastic Pete has retired to the Sunshine State where he was lucky enough to find a home in foreclosure that was right in between the Road Runner and Wiley Coyote. (Plastic Pete was never the best decision maker).
He wishes everyone the best and can’t wait to see everyone again during the annual picnic at Crystal Mountain.
So who is the next blog writer? Well with great excitement, we are proud to introduce the ORIGINAL Mr. Chain! Mr. Chain started the company back in the 1960s and ran the company for over 40 years. He has now made the decision to return to the corporation as our feature writer.
The portrait below is a picture from his days as a World War II Ace Fighter Pilot (see our previous blog about his accomplishments).
So please say “Hello” to Mr. Chain and check back soon for his first blog!
Northern Michigan is a beautiful place all year long, but summers are really special.
There is a lot to see and do right near our Mr Chain headquarters in Manistee County, and we are less than an hour away from Sleeping Bear Dunes, along the eastern shoreline of Lake Michigan. Below is an excerpt from ABC News about our now, even more famous local attraction,
ABC: Michigan home to 'most beautiful place in America.'
ABC News' Good Morning America has named Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes the Most Beautiful Place in America.
a national contest where Good Morning America asked viewers to help them find America's most beautiful place, this 35 mile stretch of Lake Michigan coastline received tens of thousands of votes – beating out places like Aspen, Colorado; Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Grand Tetons, Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hawaii; Point Reyes, California and Sedona, Arizona.
In addition to the natural beauty of the area, Good Morning America featured several local businesses, including Hearth and Vine in Sutton's Bay and Cherry Republic and Crystal River Outfitters, both in Glen Arbor.
Celebrity chef Mario Batali, also weighed in on the virtues of northern Michigan.
"I spent my entire summer here at Lake Michigan because it's beautiful, because it has farmers, because it has great food artisans, it has great products, it has magnificent fresh water," Batali said in an interview with Good Morning America.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was established for its outstanding natural features, including forests, beaches, dune formations, and ancient glacial phenomena. The highest dunes spike at 400 feet above the sparkling blue waters of Lake Michigan. Each year more than 1.2 million people visit this Michigan treasure.
For more information on Sleeping Bear Dunes, click here
In addition, Sleeping Bear Dunes has a sand dune for families to enjoy as some of the dunes next to Lake Michigan are quite steep. Ryan Schultz (company controller) has been known to enjoy the hill as much as his children.
So if you can, visit Sleeping Bear Dunes and feel free to stop by.
Have a great weekend,
Mr. Chain is not just about crowd control products. We are also about employees and their diverse lifestyles. Mr. Chain has several employees who enjoy riding their motorcycles and this blog is dedicated to those individuals.
Dennis Stacey is shown below on his Harley,
Dennis's Harley is styled to recall the past, the Heritage Softail® Classic is a bike for riders who want the comfort of a softail bike with the classic look of a 1930's hardtail.
We do have one more picture of Dennis, which won't make the women and children run screaming. . .
Sheila Merrill is up next on her Honda 600 Shadow. Sheila enjoys different blessing of the bikes ceremonies and was part of Thunder at the River this year. Thunder at the River promotes awareness of Michigan Veterans and POW/MIAs.
Chuck Wiltse with his new (to him) 2001 Electric Glide Classic Harley he purchased last Friday,
Chuck plans on traveling to Sturgis, North Dakota in 2012 to show off the new ride.
Last, but not least is Bobbi Bosley with her husband George sitting on a 2010 Electric Glide Classic Harley.
As you can see from the pictures, our employees have a great collection of motorcycles. But did you also notice the variety of chain and stanchions surrounding each motorcycle and rider?
We market our products to conventions of all kinds but especially to the car and bike enthusiast to protect their investments at shows. Our plated and plastic stanchion kits are lightweight so the cost of shipping is low compared to metal stanchions, and they are elegant enough to be placed around the finest show pieces.
If you would like to purchase any of the kits shown, contact our customer service department at your convenience. Please visit our website to see our complete line of chain and stanchions or check with our customer service representative.
Seeya next week,