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Despite a well-publicized shift of automotive OEMs and suppliers increasing production in the southern portion of the United States, Michigan remains at the top of the automotive food chain.

A combination of an unexpected decline in business in China and foreign currency exchange headwinds related to the strength of the U.S. dollar hampered sales performance and job creation last year for Ada-based direct seller Amway Corp.

As a first step in building a safer, healthier work environment, the 10 essential elements outlined here will provide a basis on which to develop a comprehensive Injury and Illness Prevention Program. These programs not only save lives, but also increase morale, productivity and save business costs.

The focus on low-volume performance and luxury cars at the Detroit auto show could still signal opportunities for auto suppliers in West Michigan as more high-end technology filters down to mainstream models.

The contract medical device manufacturing industry in West Michigan would do well to pay attention to what’s happened in the automotive supply chain over the last two decades.

Automakers use national and regional auto shows to generate excitement and make statements about their products and brands.

Trends in the West Michigan-based contract medical device manufacturing industry parallel what the automotive sector experienced two decades ago, according to a group of executives who spoke with MiBiz for a recent roundtable discussion.

Editor's Notebook: Ford Focused

Written by | Sunday, 18 January 2015 22:00 |

As thousands of international journalists packed into Detroit’s crowded Cobo Hall last week for the annual North American International Auto Show, it was clear that the industry has started to act as if it has fully emerged from the doldrums of the recession and embraced the brave new world.

In the wake of a catastrophic accident, one Kalamazoo-based manufacturer of plastic injection molds turned to its industry partners and its insurance agency for help.

Both Steelcase Inc. and Herman Miller Inc. expect the office furniture industry to remain solid in early 2015, driving continued sales growth.

Rapid growth in the aerospace industry could pose its share of challenges for West Michigan-based suppliers that are already plagued by capacity constraints.

After relying on a cushion of international business to weather the economic downturn, one West Michigan manufacturer of anodized aluminum coil has refocused its attention abroad.

Experts predict uptick in auto supplier M&A

Written by | Sunday, 07 December 2014 22:00 |

Amid an improving automotive market, suppliers with easy access to capital and more deployable cash on their balance sheets are turning to mergers and acquisitions to drive growth.

All indications point to West Michigan manufacturers continuing to struggle in the coming year to find qualified talent.

After a customer’s firearm business failed, Jenison-based Next Level Manufacturing LLC decided to use its expertise in high-end machining to spin off its own line of specialty rifles.

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