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When Workhorse Irons LLC formed in 2003, it had little indication that exports would become an integral segment of its business.

Growing customer demand amid capacity constraints had one thermoformed plastics manufacturer of kayaks, canoes and other consumer products paddling upstream this year.

We are hearing again about mergers between massive automotive suppliers, but in West Michigan there is ample evidence that smaller companies can also be highly successful on the international playing field with the right combination of focus and vision.

Despite a growing economy spurred along by a strengthening manufacturing sector, experts predict a relatively bearish metals market to close out the year.

Throughout a lengthy career, Norman Augustine has held numerous positions in the aerospace industry. Augustine was elected CEO of the Martin Marietta Corp. in 1987 where he continued through the company’s merger with Lockheed Corp. in 1995. Augustine retired from his position at Lockheed Martin Corp. in 1997. Since then, he’s served on countless boards and advisory committees both in the public and private sector. Prior to a recent talk as part of the Frederik Meijer Lecture Series at Grand Valley State University, Augustine spoke with MiBiz about the current state of the aerospace industry.

After long periods of consolidation and contraction in the automotive supply chain, many companies are finding themselves rushing to keep pace with increasing global demand.

Steelcase Inc. and Herman Miller Inc. expect single-digit sales growth to continue throughout the remainder of 2014.

The city of Greenville in Montcalm County could serve as a case study of how the global economy affects the business climate in West Michigan.

While Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA) netted more than $21.8 billion in its initial public offering on Friday, it’s West Michigan-based companies that could stand to lose.

A Chinese automotive supplier plans to breathe new life into a closed clean energy complex in Greenville.

Auto supplier Plasan Carbon Composites Inc. announced today that it plans to invest $29 million in a new manufacturing facility located in Walker.

The quarterly outlook for the office furniture industry tempered expectations again for this year, as a period of slow growth continues. However, the industry is still projected to pick up a bit during the latter half of the year and into 2015.

As automakers embrace lightweighting as a key strategy to meet more stringent efficiency standards, that’s led to a shift toward new materials and new production processes designed to take unneeded mass out of vehicles.

Automotive supplier Plasan Carbon Composites Inc. has a major challenge on its hands.

Most automotive component suppliers want to grow over time, and that usually entails adding manufacturing capacity, whether by adding on to an existing plant, building a brand new facility, buying a building or acquiring a company.

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