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Since the dawn of the automotive industry more than a century ago, suppliers have come to expect production to have its ups and downs, but generally rise over the long term — much like the stock market. But that period of unbridled growth could come to an end within a generation.

Midsize cities in West Michigan could soon see more live-work options coming online.

Judging by the second quarter real estate market reports from Colliers International’s West Michigan office, the region can expect to see reasonable growth and increasing rents in the months ahead.

Even with the state’s improving economic climate, many small communities often lack the resources and connections needed to seize opportunities for business retention and job growth.

Q&A: Jonathan Wilson, Muskegon County

Written by | Sunday, 17 August 2014 22:00 |
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As the recently appointed economic development coordinator for Muskegon County, Jonathan Wilson aims to leverage the area’s assets to further grow investment. Wilson will also staff the Muskegon County Port Advisory Committee, represent the county on the local Workforce Development Board and create partnerships with a number of people and organizations across the region. The Grand Valley State University graduate has a background in marketing and business development. Wilson spoke with MiBiz about the challenges and opportunities of his newly formed position.

While Lake Michigan Credit Union is making its first foray out of Michigan with a mortgage lending office in Mishawaka, Ind., that doesn’t necessarily mean the organization will open branch locations outside of its home state, executives said.

After a career in the automotive supply chain, Rich Achtenberg saw an unfilled niche for an integrated metals manufacturer in West Michigan.

A quarterly survey indicates that slow growth remains the norm for the office furniture industry, although executives feel pretty good about business prospects in the near term.

U.S. automotive sales are about 1 million units below where they should be given the long-term historical patterns in the industry.

The struggle for many refugees doesn’t end once they are resettled in a new country.

The crack of a baseball bat was again a part of the soundtrack of summer in Kalamazoo, and by most indicators, it looks to stay that way for the foreseeable future.

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market will anchor a new development at the site of the former Michigan Athletic Club (MAC) near the corner of Breton and Burton in Grand Rapids, according to a statement by CWD Real Estate Investment.

If your company either already has or is looking to create a workplace wellness program, Heather Brazee suggests that you make it about your employees and not just about saving the company money.

As the annual open-enrollment period approaches for 2015 policies, employers will begin making decisions in the coming weeks about employee health benefits in preparation for renewing their policies.

WMU to offer law school courses in fall of 2015

Written by | Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:00 |

Western Michigan University will begin offering classes in Kalamazoo next year for first-year law students and plans to begin developing other programs under an affiliation with Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

The state’s senior automotive adviser has one simple request for industry and supply chain executives: “Bring a buddy back.”

General Formulations Inc. plans to invest $4.175 million at its production facility in Sparta, the company announced today.

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