Business Briefs

Gas prices expected to rise

GENESEE COUNTY — Motorists should be aware of the likelihood of rising gas prices through the weekend in Michigan.

“I expect stations to increase prices to $3.89- $4.15 by weekend with a majority of stations starting to raise prices as early as tomorrow morning,” said Patrick DeHaan, Senior Petroleum Analyst.

DeHaan tweeted a price hike was likely in the Great Lakes area after ExxonMobil’s Joliet, IL refinery was heard to have had yet another unexpected problem while restarting their facility, boosting concern about supply as the summer driving season is just days away. ExxonMobil’s refinery in Joliet can process up to 238,000 barrels of oil per day.

DeHaan also said prices outside the Great Lakes would likely continue to slowly fall as wholesale prices in other regions have only risen a few cents compared to the near 40-cent increase in wholesale prices in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Kentucky. — G.G.

PETCO to hold Reptile Rally

FLINT TWP. — Heads will turn when they see reptiles ruling the catwalk at PETCO’s 2nd annual Reptile Rally. The free event aims to educate consumers on owning a reptile and provides a hands-on experience so kids of all ages can meet scaly friends up close and personal.

New to this year’s event is a reptile beauty contest, where reptile parents can show off their cold-blooded pet to all those in attendance.

The “Reptile Rally” will take place June 4-5 at all PETCO stores nationwide, including those in the Detroit area. In Genesee County there is a PETCO at 3559 Miller Rd., Flint Township. Details: Call 810-720-1918. — G.G.

State to host Michigan Pavilions at 2011 MRA and MGA shows

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) will be hosting a Michigan Pavilion at this year’s Michigan Restaurant Association (MRA) and Michigan Grocers Association (MGA) shows.

The Michigan Pavilion is a selected area within the trade show where Michigan’s agriculture based companies are identified for attendees while promoting their Michigan made products. Both events will be attended by industry insiders such as buyers and distributors.

Through federal grant dollars, both trade associations and MDARD are offering booth space at significantly discounted prices with additional discounts to specialty crop companies.

The MGA show will be held on Sept. 12 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire. Details; Visit http:// e_ fallconf. htm. The MRA show will be held Oct. 18 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Oct. 19 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

Details: Visit http:// 2011tradeshow/ index. html or call 517-373-2469. — G.G.

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