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BIFMA upgrades forecast for 2013

Written by | Sunday, 15 September 2013 22:00 |

An updated office furniture industry outlook shows business picking up in 2013 after starting the year down a bit.

The message for West Michigan manufacturers who have help wanted signs out at their shops is clear: Help is on the way.

Contrary to widespread belief, Asia does not have a lock on electronics manufacturing.

Companies are in a mode of evaluating their business portfolios and refocusing their activities for maximum gain.

Almost every manufacturer in West Michigan that survived the roller coaster economy of the last decade has a story to tell.

Michigan manufacturers added more jobs than their peers in any other state in July, according to new statistics released last month by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A heightened level of new launch activity in the automotive sector coupled with a supply chain running at near full capacity has led to a wave of new business for one West Michigan firm.

Inside the new headquarters of Rockford Construction Co. Inc. in Grand Rapids, a wall of beautifully stained and carefully arranged ash planks curves gracefully and rises three stories to the ceiling, filling the building’s atrium with warmth.

The latest activity index for the office furniture industry has business on the upswing as it moves into the latter half of the year.

As the so-called “blueberry capital of the world,” it’s no surprise that lakeshore community of South Haven has its share of agriculture-related businesses.

Automotive industry participants are in the pleasant position of being part of the good news for a change, as the North American automotive industry continues to be a bright spot in the economic landscape.

Automotive manufacturing is Pure Michigan. And if Mike Finney has anything to say about it, the state will begin to use its popular branding campaign as it talks about its automotive manufacturing and supply chain assets. 

When Gov. Rick Snyder brought up Right To Work at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars — an event attended mostly by executives at automakers and suppliers — he was greeted with both applause and boos.

A move by General Motors to make the 2014 Chevrolet Volt more affordable will likely help boost sales in the short term, but the price cut probably still won’t help the automaker meet its sales projections.

It’s no surprise that the need for a global emissions standard was an overarching theme at this morning’s Advanced Powertrain Forum at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminar.

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