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Joe Boomgaard

Joe Boomgaard

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jboomgaard@mibiz.com

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.

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

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.

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

Gentex Corp. plans to look outside of the automotive industry for opportunities for its HomeLink technology.

Wolverine World Wide Inc. plans to close some 140 retail locations as part of a strategic realignment plan aimed at reacting to shifts in consumer shopping behavior, the company announced today.

Sunday, 06 July 2014 22:00

Reaching for overdrive

A revised IHS Automotive production forecast for 2014 suggests automotive suppliers could see more orders than originally expected.

A senior executive at the private equity-backed company that bought a piece of Johnson Controls Inc.’s automotive interiors business in June says it plans to invest at its base of operations in West Michigan.

When Dan Scheid and Aaron Zeigler took over the family-owned Zeigler Auto Group more than a decade ago, they knew they wanted to position the Kalamazoo-based dealership group for growth.

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