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Grand Rapids-based Kindel Furniture Co. has acquired the assets, intellectual property and operations of Karges Furniture of Evansville, Ind.

West Michigan’s fledgling medical device manufacturing cluster collectively offers the capabilities OEMs and startups need to commercialize new products, but no one company has all the solutions under one roof. For the sector as a whole to grow, the manufacturing executives say they’ve needed to embrace a spirit of collaboration with their competitors.

Former three-term Michigan governor John Engler has been a long-time advocate for manufacturing — both in the state and around the country. He served for six years as president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers and is now president of Business Roundtable.

Signs of safety in rising recalls

Written by | Sunday, 27 April 2014 22:00 |

General Motors’ ignition switch problem is triggering flashbacks to the last major automaker recall debacle: Toyota’s crisis with unintended acceleration four years ago.

The combination of an improved business climate and an aging workforce has a number of West Michigan companies partnering with educational institutions and one another to ensure their future supply of talent.

The forecast for significant growth in the office furniture industry could bring some rewarding and potentially challenging times for the West Michigan base of suppliers.

As automakers look to shed weight from their vehicles in the pursuit greater efficiency, they’re increasingly turning to alternatives such as aluminum to replace steel throughout the supply chain.

When automotive suppliers think about locations for foreign operations, their conversations often turn to Mexico, China, South America or eastern Europe.

The state’s top economic development agency has turned to a Holland-based office furniture manufacturer for an office upgrade this spring.

Continued forecasts for growth in the automotive industry are challenging the already strained supply chain.

A new report issued by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago has some good news for Michigan’s auto industry.

Steelcase Inc. and Herman Miller Inc. executives say they see higher growth rates ahead as the office furniture industry gains momentum.

A lakeshore software development firm wants to tap into broader recruiting potential with a new office in the Grand Rapids market.

Three young entrepreneurs want to leverage the strength of West Michigan’s medical device capabilities to commercialize new products that could help improve care in the developing world.

Steelcase Inc.’s new CEO told investors today not to expect any major course changes under his leadership.

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