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John Wiegand

John Wiegand

Staff writer

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 17:45

Vander Mill, Long Road Distillers partner to produce brandy, apple-based spirits

Vander Mill LLC and Long Road Distillers LLC have struck a partnership to further capitalize on the growing market for craft spirits.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 10:04

Wolverine expects revenue slide to continue through 2017

Wolverine World Wide Inc. closed its fourth quarter with revenues modestly higher than expected by Wall Street analysts, while reporting full year fiscal results in-line with its previous guidance.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 13:53

Spartan Motors opts out of USPS delivery vehicle prototype program

Citing financial constraints, heavy-duty vehicle manufacturer Spartan Motors Inc. has ceased its development of the next-generation delivery vehicle for the United States Postal Service.


Sunday, 19 February 2017 13:51

Q&A: Bryan Nyeholt, Vice president of global product and process at Yanfeng Automotive Interiors

As the automotive industry adopts new technologies like autonomous driving, suppliers need to find opportunities to add value. For Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, that opportunity comes from flexible seating, smart surfaces and other technology, said Bryan Nyeholt, vice president of global product and process. Yanfeng, which formed in 2014 after Johnson Controls Inc. spun off the majority of its automotive interiors business to Shanghai-based Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co. Ltd., manufactures a variety of interior components including instrument panels, door panels and consoles. Nyeholt is the keynote speaker for the annual Automotive Supplier Symposium, hosted by Grand Valley State University’s Van Andel Global Trade Center on March 9 at the Richard M. DeVos Center in Grand Rapids. Nyeholt spoke to MiBiz prior to the event about the benefits of the joint venture and how disruptive trends in the automotive industry are driving interior design. 

Sunday, 19 February 2017 18:00

WMU innovation institute bolsters product design talent pool

KALAMAZOO — Western Michigan University will launch a new product design institute to create a hub of designers in Southwest Michigan and supply local companies with talent.

Friday, 17 February 2017 14:15

New dashboard to provide accessible West Michigan data

A new dashboard unveiled today by a coalition of West Michigan economic developers and other organizations aims to increase accessibility to key data about the region.


Sunday, 19 February 2017 17:58

Micro-LAM pursues growth with $1.75 million capital raise

BATTLE CREEK — Following several years of product development and commercialization, Micro Laser Assisted Machining Technologies LLC ended its first year of sales and is gearing up for further growth now that its first year of sales is behind it.

Sunday, 19 February 2017 17:57

Amway’s sales fall on softness in China, business pressures

ADA — A softening market in China led sales to dip in 2016 for Amway Corp., a trend that’s dogged the global direct-selling giant since 2014.

Sunday, 19 February 2017 17:55

Unknowns cloud 2017 outlook for West Michigan office furniture makers

HOLLAND — Backed by strong growth in the European market and synergies created through its residential business unit, Haworth Inc. closed 2016 with better sales growth than the company had in the prior year. 


Sunday, 19 February 2017 17:39

Chilling Effect? West Michigan execs fear talent fallout over Trump’s immigration policies

Growing up in Kalamazoo, Rishi Makkar vividly recalls his father working nights mopping floors at a gas station while chairing the criminal justice department at Western Michigan University by day. 

Thursday, 16 February 2017 11:54

Hex Armor inks deal with German safety equipment manufacturer

Uvex Winter Holding, a safety equipment manufacturer based in Fürth, Germany, has acquired a minority stake in Grand Rapids-based Hex Armor.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:59

New bill seeks to increase transparency among public companies, limit outsourcing

In a bid to increase transparency among consumers and government, Senate Democrats today announced a bill requiring publicly-traded companies to disclose employees by location.


Thursday, 09 February 2017 13:31

Haworth sales up 6.6% in 2016

After a year of modest sales growth, Haworth Inc. today reported annual sales of $1.94 billion for 2016.

Thursday, 09 February 2017 05:00

Carbide Specialties acquired by Riverside Tool

Carbide Specialties Inc. of Grand Rapids has been acquired by an Elkhart, Ind.-based tooling company.

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 06:00

Amway sales dip for third consecutive year

Sales at direct-selling giant Amway Corp. slid for the third consecutive year as key international markets softened in 2016.


Sunday, 05 February 2017 16:46

Companies need to adjust communications for globalized world, author says

After spending the early part of her career as a communicator with the United Nations and the U.S. Treasury Department, Kara Alaimo witnessed glaring disconnects between organizations and people communicating across different cultures. Her new book, “Pitch, Tweet, or Engage on the Street: How to practice global public relations and strategic communication,” seeks to shed some light on those differences and help people communicate more effectively. The book is built on interviews with senior communications professionals from 31 different countries and divides the globe into 10 distinct cultural units. Alaimo will visit Grand Valley State University as part of its APR Speakers Series on Feb. 13 to discuss her research and book. Alaimo spoke with MiBiz  prior to the event about how businesses should prepare to communicate across borders in an increasingly globalized and hostile world. 

Sunday, 05 February 2017 16:38

Federal tax changes benefit craft beverage producers

Changes to the federal tax code implemented at the beginning of the year could alleviate burdensome financial and bureaucratic rules for many craft beverage makers. 

Sunday, 05 February 2017 16:33

Middle market firms must prioritize cybersecurity, experts say

Businesses confronted with the risk of cybersecurity attacks need to avoid falling into the mindset that “it can’t happen to us.” 


Sunday, 05 February 2017 16:25

Bottling equipment supplier turns tragedy into second chance for growth

PLAINWELL — Jim Turley remembers the call he received late one September night in 2014 as a moment that “altered our life.” 

Sunday, 05 February 2017 16:23

Auto suppliers proceed with caution amid threats to NAFTA

Following through with campaign promises, the Trump administration has set its sights on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). 

Sunday, 05 February 2017 16:17

Optimism in an changing industry: West Michigan auto dealers maintain positive outlook, despite plateauing sales forecast

Despite entering a period of plateauing vehicle sales, West Michigan car dealers remain optimistic even as they wrestle with consolidation and the need to upgrade their facilities.


Sunday, 05 February 2017 16:13

Ripple Effects: West Michigan auto suppliers capitalize on push for advanced technologies

As the automotive industry pursues cutting-edge technological breakthroughs in autonomous driving and vehicle electrification, West Michigan suppliers must ensure they’re not left behind. 

Friday, 03 February 2017 12:35

KL Outdoor in Muskegon sold to Florida-based PE firm

A West Michigan manufacturer of kayaks, paddleboards and other watercraft has sold to a Florida-based private equity firm.

Friday, 27 January 2017 12:45

Fourth quarter earnings flat for Whirlpool

Whirlpool Corp. ended the fourth quarter of 2016 with earnings on par with the previous year.


Friday, 27 January 2017 11:31

Gentex reports flat earnings for fourth quarter

Despite single-digit sales growth, Gentex Corp. reported flat earnings to end 2016.

Sunday, 22 January 2017 11:36

Volta Power Systems eschews EVs to focus on luxury coaches, yachts

HOLLAND — While many producers of advanced electrical systems have their sights set on electric vehicles, one West Michigan manufacturer is pursuing a more underserved sector.

Sunday, 22 January 2017 11:34

Tool and die makers brace for busy two years, while analysts urge restraint

The next two years are shaping up to be a busy time for tool and die makers in West Michigan and beyond.


Sunday, 22 January 2017 11:30

For Middleville Tool & Die, growth comes from production, not tooling

MIDDLEVILLE — Backed by a new investment, Middleville Tool & Die Co. wants to ramp up its manufacturing capabilities that will pull it further away from its legacy business.

Friday, 20 January 2017 10:11

Chervon to move headquarters from Grand Rapids to Chicago suburb

Chervon North America will move its headquarters from downtown Grand Rapids to Naperville, Ill., a suburb outside of Chicago.

Friday, 13 January 2017 10:53

Betten-Baker acquires Grand Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Lowell

Two veteran West Michigan dealership executives have acquired Grand Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Lowell.


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