NEWSFLASH March 2018 – Port Windsor, Shoppers, TWEPI

NEWSFLASH March 2018 - Port Windsor, Shoppers, TWEPI

Photo by Rod Denis.

NEWSFLASH March 2018 – Port Windsor, Shoppers, TWEPI


After unexpected declines in the 2016 season, Port Windsor rebounded nicely in 2017 with total cargo handled at all the port’s facilities increasing by almost 7%. The most significant gain was realized at the K+S Windsor Salt Company with shipments increasing by 20% to almost 2.2 million tonnes. Also having a very positive season was the ADM Agri-Industries which experienced an increase of just over 6% in total grain products moved through the facility. David Cree, President and CEO of the Windsor Port Authority states “All in all 2017 was a very positive season. Our two major commodities have traditionally been salt and construction aggregates, and that continued this past year. As noted, salt shipments were up significantly while construction aggregates recorded a minor decline to just over 1.6 million tonnes.” Of the other cargoes handled within the port, petroleum products which are handled through the Sterling Fuels facility dropped by 4.2% to 256,924 tonnes and general cargo which is handled at Morterm Terminal and consists primarily of imported steel declined by just over 7%. Other important milestones during 2017 included near completion of the green space and fishing pier at the end of Mill Street and the beginning of public consultations for the development of the green space on Sandwich Street which is adjacent to the Port Authority offices. In conclusion, Cree comments: “We were very pleased with the final results for 2017 and with the scheduled start of construction of the new Gordie Howe International Bridge slated for later this year, we are projecting moderate growth in 2018 and continued growth for four to five years thereafter.” Refer to: to learn more.


Store Owner/Associate and Pharmacist Wilf Fortowsky has now officially retired after working at the Shoppers Drug Mart in Belle River Notre Dame for 33 years. He was a dedicated and loved Pharmacist by all his customers and he will be missed by many. His staff are very proud to be a part of his team and will also miss him dearly. On his last day at work, January 27, 2018 they presented him with a cake and gifts. Pictured in the feature photoe are (certain last names withheld) from left are: (in front by cake) Sonya, Pharmacist and Lisa, Cashier Manager. (standing): Ken, Delivery Driver; Sophia, Pharmacy Assistant; Olivia, Pharmacy Assistant; Jason, Pharmacist; Paula, Pharmacy Assistant; Ken, Pharmacist; Lorna, Pharmacist; Wilf Fortowsky, honoured retiree and Glee Buchanan; Connie, Clerk; Tom, Pharmacy Assistant and Piper Extraordinaire; Brent, Assistant Front Store Manager; Laurie, Administrator; Bonnie, Assistant Front Store Manager and Tammy, Front Store Manager. Fortowsky can now spend more time with his family, travelling, enjoy woodworking and practicing his photography skills. Kristina Osborne (not pictured) is the new associate for the Belle River store, moving over from the Huron Church Shoppers Drug Mart in Windsor.

The quote “The Art of Communication is the Language of Leadership” by James Humes ties right in with the theme of the March issue of Biz X but it is also in the spirit of this quote that Jennifer Jones, the President of Media Street Productions Inc., announces the promotion of Managing Director, Kelly Blais to Chief Executive Officer in February 2018. Established in 1995, Media Street Productions is an award-winning production and post-production company that provides a comprehensive range of services. With over 25 years of experience in Entertainment and Business Management 17 of them at Media Street, her multi-dimensional background, passion and dedication make Blais a key asset in overseeing all operations at the company. Taking the past few years to really focus on her role within Rotary International, serving as the Vice President of their global board, Jones says, “when you have complete trust in someone and you know that they want nothing more than to keep building on the company’s solid foundation that’s when you can step back and watch them grow and flourish.” “Excited and humbled” is how Blais feels about her CEO role. “I am so proud of the almost two decades that I have helped move messages for our clients and can’t wait to see what the future holds as we take this next step in the evolution of Media Street,” she expresses. Another change within the company is Melissa Thompson moving into the role of Production Manager. Thompson became a part of the Media Street family just over three years ago with a focus on Client Services. “This is the kind of job I’ve always dreamed of having,” she states. “The opportunity for me to grow and learn from women like Jennifer and Kelly is the icing on the cake.” For additional information on their services check out: or stop by their studio, 880 North Service Road East, Unit 102 in Windsor.


 Kimberly Malega-Renaud has opened the doors to Deja Vu New 2, 111 Sandwich Street South, Unit 104 in Amherstburg in November 2017. This designer consignment store, for women and men, features consignment clothing with new items mixed in giving it the feel of a high end boutique. Great deals are available on clothes, shoes, purses, jewellery and more. And there is an opportunity for all to clean out their closets of gently loved items and sell them on site for cash as well. Swing by the store soon and check out the website: (currently under construction) in the near future.

Natalie Hartleib opened in late August 2017 and expanded in February 2017 to a retail location at 6525 Wyandotte Street West in Windsor. Royal and Rose Boutique offers women contemporary styles in the size range of x-small to large. Hartleib is excited to provide shoppers with both in store and online shopping experiences and looks forward to seeing new faces at the boutique this year. New styles arrive weekly perfect for the office to errand running to a night on the town so be sure to check out all they have to offer. Hartleib is also working on designing a house brand that will be manufactured right here in Windsor.


Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI) has earned a Technology And New Media promotional award for the Plenty of Reasons to Visit video project. The award was presented to TWEPI at the February President’s Dinner during the Economic Developers Council of Ontario’s (EDCO) 61st Annual Conference and Showcase in Toronto. A collaboration between TWEPI, Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation and the nine municipalities in our region culminated in a video production project highlighting the region. The “Plenty of Reasons to Visit” video campaign conveyed the broad spectrum and vastness of the region’s municipalities and their accompanying points of interest by giving each one its own feature video. “Through these videos, we were able to tell a very large and multi-faceted story in an easily digestible way, giving potential visitors their own individual reasons for coming to visit the region,” states Gordon Orr, CEO of TWEPI. Videos can be viewed at:

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