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As Brazil gains importance in the global automotive industry, the country is increasingly a consideration for component suppliers — even if few West Michigan companies have made the move there just yet.

Grandville-based MFP Automation Engineering Inc.’s focus on diversification led the company to a path of steady growth — and to the manufacturer outgrowing its existing facility.

A new office chair from Izzy+ offers what founder Chuck Saylor thinks is a new model for product design that’s predicated on the health and wellbeing of office workers.

Add volatile steel and commodity prices to the list of uncertainties facing West Michigan’s manufacturers — and in some cases contributing to higher prices for their customers.

As Johnson Controls Inc. pares down its automotive business to focus on core competencies in seating and batteries, West Michigan suppliers and some of the firm’s 4,600 employees in the Holland area will be getting acquainted with a trio of new owners.

After more than four decades in the office furniture industry and 13 years after founding Izzy+, Chuck Saylor plans to retire this summer and turn over leadership to a new generation.

As companies across Michigan are locked in an intense search for talent, one new state program aims to make it easier for companies to hire, train and retain skilled workers.

A West Michigan medical device development and manufacturing company is consolidating to Kalamazoo and expanding its operations, while still planning to leave a footprint in Grand Rapids.

As direct-selling giant Amway Corp.’s business continues to mature in markets such as China, the company is preparing for a period of manageable growth.

The proposed acquisition of an Italian producer of luxury furnishings could help fill out Haworth Inc.’s product lineup.

While a quarterly office furniture industry index shows the sector holding steady at the beginning of 2014, companies’ sales reports for last year are coming in mixed.

As Zeeland-based Gentex Corp. closed out the 2013 year, it found itself in the unusual position of having significant long-term debt on its books for the first time in two decades.

As one of the big stories from the North American International Auto Show in mid-January, the new F-150 pickup truck marks a bold move on the part of Ford.

Police officers constantly put themselves in potentially dangerous situations, but a new product that’s a collaboration of two Michigan-based businesses hopes to offer them better protection.

Ford puts the F-150 on a diet

Written by | Sunday, 02 February 2014 14:16 |

Any car redesign is a major undertaking, but when the automobile in question has been the best-selling vehicle in North America for more than three decades, the stakes are particularly high for the automaker.

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