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      Local glassblowers create ornaments for Governor


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      Baver and Glenna Haney at Jordan Valley Glassworks in East Jordan were given a unique task. Create 1,000 custom ornaments to be handed out by Governor Rick Snyder and stick to a statewide theme, Pure Michigan.


      "I

      t was a goal of ours to incorporate as much Michigan products as we could, into this ornament for the governor, so we could promote the entire stat

      e," Haney said.


      T

      he ornaments are a deep blue

      ,

      made with michigan sand and bits of copper imported from the
      Upper Peninsula.


      YouTube Extra: Watch the glassblowers create the Governor's ornaments


      T

      his is the second time they have been commissioned to create ornaments for the
      Capitol, the first was for Governor Jennifer Grandholm.


      "

      Each time they ask us to do something, it's a separate process, its not like the
      Governor says, just use the people in East Jordan because we used them before," Baver explained.


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      ordan
      Valley Glassworks has been a family business for four generations and has developed a strong reputation around the country. They have also created ornaments for numerous celebrities, professional athletes, and four United States presidents.


      "I

      t

      '

      s unique to East Jordan, Michigan

      .



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      here

      '

      s not a lot of glassblowers left my grandfather thought he would be the last glassblower in Brooklyn,
      New York nearly 100 years ago," Bavers said.


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      h

      ei

      r family businesses legacy will continue to grow
      Tuesday night when the Governor hands out these ornaments to friends and dignitaries.

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