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The race for engineering talent among manufacturers has companies interacting with possible candidates well before they even earn their degrees.

Holland-based technology design firm Twisthink LLC is experimenting with an unconventional strategy to bring a new lighting product to market.

Grand Rapids-based metal stamper and fabricator Proos Manufacturing Inc. is doubling the square footage it leases at the firm’s facility on Oak Industrial Drive.

Gill Industries acquires GR Spring & Stamping

Written by | Wednesday, 05 March 2014 22:10 |

A move to further diversify its business and enhance product offerings led Grand Rapids-based Gill Industries Inc. to acquire GR Spring & Stamping Inc. (GRSS).

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.

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