by Angie Asam–Staff Writer
One-hundred and fifty people gathered at the Waters Edge banquet room on Saturday evening for the annual Rogers City Area Chamber of Commerce dinner. Following dinner and a few words from chamber president Jim Fleis, it was time to acknowledge the business of the year, Plath’s Meats.
As the business celebrates its 100th anniversary of business in Rogers City, it was their turn to be honored. “Well the signs are out, we all know who the business of the year is, Plath’s Market. We want to congratulate you on your 100 years” said Fleis before calling the Plath brothers up on stage to be presented with their plaque.
“I also want to say how much I really respect that with the 100-year celebration, it said thank you God. I know we aren’t supposed to say that but I think its great,” said Fleis.
John Plath then stepped to the stage. “Thank you God for the gift of 100 years. As far as the chamber and Rogers City, we should all give thanks to God that we have been placed in this little corner of the world,” he said.
He then discussed a story he told in an interview with 9 and 10 News earlier in the week. “We get different truck drivers every week coming into the store dropping off products, sometimes they have to stay overnight or part of the day in a parking lot somewhere. One driver came back in the store the next morning and said, ‘If I had my way I’d pack my family up and I’d move to Rogers City right now. You people have a wonderful town here’ and went on to talk about the beaches, well-kept houses, clean businesses and friendly business owners. I think that is a hats off to everybody,” said John.
Another note John made sure to hit on was the issue of doing business locally. He talked about the anniversary specials starting on Thursday at the store.
“I know dad’s probably rolling over in his grave because we’re selling stuff too cheap, but if I ever had any doubt about advertising in the Advance or if anybody thought people didn’t read the Advance, they are wrong,” he said. He went on to say that since the advertisement for the specials ran in the Advance and the Onaway Outlook, the store has been non-stop busy.
John finished his speech thanking the community for helping the business grow and succeed through faithful shopping and word of mouth spreading the good word about the delicious items available at Plath’s Meat’s.
“It’s been a blessing. This town and this community of Rogers City are just unbelievable. I am just glad that the good Lord put us here. To God be the glory,” as John ended his speech to a standing ovation.
ROGERS CITY mayor Beach Hall was the next to take the microphone as he read a proclamation, which was officially approved Tuesday at the city council meeting, declaring the month of November Plath’s Meats month in Rogers City.
State Rep. Peter Pettalia talked about how Rogers City and Northern Michigan matter, before asking former senator Jason Allen and senator John Moolenaar to come forward as he presented the Plath brothers with a proclamation signed by Gov. Rick Synder and other state officials.