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A Holland advanced battery manufacturer that's been plagued by controversy has finally wrapped up pre-production testing and is ready to begin shipping its lithium-ion batteries to General Motors.

A recent automotive industry report is showing that old technology can reappear just when you don’t expect it.

Every corporation has had an R&D project that for one reason or another got left on the shop floor or put on the shelf.

As if the strongest mid-year North American vehicle sales figures since 2002 weren’t enough, a new survey of global automotive manufacturing executives shows a renewed level of optimism in the supply chain.

The automotive rally continues

Written by | Sunday, 21 July 2013 22:00 |

A handful of recent reports and data sets paint a blindingly positive picture of the North American automotive industry.

Staying Small on Purpose

Written by | Friday, 19 July 2013 15:00 |

Jim Palmer has no interest in manufacturing the kind of “stick and staple” travel trailers typically seen being towed down the highway in the summer months as families head out on vacation.

ZEELAND — Tier-I automotive supplier Gentex Corp. today announced that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire the HomeLink business from Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) for $700 million.

Hackett to retire as CEO of Steelcase

Written by | Wednesday, 17 July 2013 12:45 |

James P. Hackett announced today he would retire as CEO of Steelcase Inc. after 19 years at the company.

The announcement in June that German-owned automotive supplier Benteler Automotive planned to close a Grand Rapids facility next year as part of a global repositioning strategy raised a red flag among some local political and business leaders.

Brad Davis’ father always told him “luck will beat skill any day of the week.”

Two of the largest office furniture manufacturers in West Michigan say they expect to see moderate sales growth through the summer.

‘Systems-centric’ culture change

Written by | Sunday, 07 July 2013 22:00 |

ZEELAND — When most people think of medical devices, they likely envision small plastic and metal tools or the myriad equipment doctors use to perform procedures on patients.

Two of the largest office furniture manufacturers in West Michigan say they expect to see moderate sales growth through the summer.

Herman Miller Inc. posted a solid sales increase for this spring while nearly doubling earnings.

NeoCon – A study in contrasts

Written by | Sunday, 23 June 2013 22:00 |

This year’s NeoCon expo in Chicago offered up somewhat of a study in contrasts.

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