Alumni News

Made in Michigan Week: Construct a Truck USA

11813249_10101005161894504_769672911789990292_nJim Bustamante ’80 and his son Mike were featured on Detroits channel 4 with Paula Tutman for their company, Construct A Truck USA!

Jim’s passion for engineering and manufacturing has led to the creation of a unique business with claims as the world’s first mobile assembly line. The idea came to him following a craft show at The Henry Ford estate last year. At the time, he was creating guitar-shaped wine racks, and decided to make one in the shape of an automobile for the occasion. Following that show, Bustamante started thinking of ways he could sell the vehicles. Why not turn an old Airstream trailer into a mobile assembly line where people could put the wooden vehicles together themselves? “The design was a bit challenging because the trailer is rounded, he said. It took about six months to outfit.” Following months of hard work, Construct A Truck USA was born and its grand opening came this past July, 2015.


Peaceful Passages: A Hospice Nurse’s Stories of Dying Well

cropped head shot janet wehrJanet (Dean) Wehr ‘70, has recently become an author with her new book, Peaceful Passages: A Hospice Nurse’s Stories of Dying Well, released on October 1. The book is a collection of stories from Janet’s 17 year career as a hospice nurse. Janet has weaved teaching about hospice care as well as the physical and spiritual aspects of the dying process. Janet is presently doing speaking engagements about death and dying for churches and other organizations.” She attended DC along with her seven siblings and has lived most of her adult life in the suburbs of Chicago.