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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.

New technology rarely replaces old technology all at once. Instead, changes tend to come in overlapping waves, like at the beach. The new technology might rush up on the shore, but that doesn’t mean the old technology stops immediately, either.

Grand Valley State University wants to expose students in non-design related fields to the tenets of design thinking, and they’ve tapped a veteran executive to explore how best to accomplish that goal.

The cost of employee health coverage in West Michigan went up moderately in 2014.

Sometimes the only thing separating a great idea from becoming a viable business is a little bit of outside perspective. That’s the working theory behind the Design Briefs events, a joint effort of AIGA West Michigan and the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Marley Precision Inc. announced a $3 million investment in a second facility in Battle Creek at 1255 Hill Brady Road in the Fort Custer Industrial Park.

With a recent acquisition, Herman Miller Inc. aims to push far deeper into the consumer furniture market to generate annual sales in excess of a half-billion dollars in the years ahead.

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.

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