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John Wiegand

John Wiegand

Staff writer

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Sunday, 07 August 2016 13:00

Q&A Mark Ermatinger, Vice President of Sales, Industrial Control Service Inc. Host of the Advanced Manufacturing Expo

West Michigan’s Advanced Manufacturing Expo is going big for 2016. 

Sunday, 07 August 2016 12:59

Blackford Capital moves into automotive market with latest acquisition

GRAND RAPIDS — After purposely avoiding deals in the automotive industry, private equity firm Blackford Capital has shifted its strategy with the acquisition of a Southeast Michigan supplier.  

Sunday, 07 August 2016 12:55

As Michigan adds hop acreage, concerns of oversupply emerge

Craft brewers’ increasing appetite for local ingredients has translated into a budding opportunity for Michigan hop growers. 


Friday, 05 August 2016 12:56

GE Aviation to expand Norton Shores facility

GE Aviation plans to expand its facility at 6120 Norton Center Dr., according to documents submitted to the Norton Shores planning commission.

Thursday, 04 August 2016 13:23

Muskegon Innovation Hub courts new biotech company combating invasive aquatic species

A startup biotech company that aims to counter invasive aquatic species has set up shop in the Muskegon Innovation Hub.

Friday, 22 July 2016 12:25

Whirlpool boosts earnings despite stagnating sales

Despite stagnate revenues, global appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. outpaced financial analysts’ expectations for its second quarter of 2016.


Friday, 22 July 2016 11:13

Gentex continues double-digit sales growth in Q2

The momentum built by Gentex Corp. in the beginning of the year has continued on into the automotive supplier’s second quarter, driven primarily by sales of the company’s auto-dimming mirrors.

Thursday, 21 July 2016 16:33

Universal Forest Products gains on construction, retail markets in Q2

Robust construction and retail markets drove sales in Universal Forest Products Inc.’s second quarter.

Sunday, 24 July 2016 14:20

Severe storms, drought hit key Michigan crops

Drought-like conditions and damaging storms throughout June and the first half of July will likely hamper what would have been a substantial harvest for some Michigan crops this year. 


Sunday, 24 July 2016 14:06

Facility expansion to establish regional hub for Tesa Tape in Sparta

SPARTA — Buoyed by a $20 million investment, Tesa Tape Inc. aims to transform one if its West Michigan facilities into the North American hub for adhesive tape production and development. 

Sunday, 24 July 2016 13:50

Manufacturers benefit from space race

ZEELAND — A small but growing number of West Michigan manufacturers hope America’s space ambitions will take off and allow them to continue to develop a niche market.

Sunday, 24 July 2016 13:46

Michigan sits out ‘arms race’ to attract national brewery investments

When Deschutes Brewery founder Gary Fish launched a two-year search to locate the Oregon company’s first satellite production facility, one of his top criteria was determining whether the state and local community wanted his business.


Friday, 15 July 2016 14:13

Grand-Craft Boats brings former Chris-Craft building back to its nautical roots

A West Michigan luxury boat builder aims to breathe new life into a facility near Lake Macatawa that once manufactured iconic high-end boats.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 14:20

Zelenka Farms files for bankruptcy, closes Grand Haven operations

A wholesale nursery with operations in West Michigan has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after struggling financially for several years. 

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 14:54

West Michigan seeks to ease talent constraints by attracting laid off workers from Dow

Dow Chemical Co.’s decision to shave 700 workers from its workforce in Midland may prove beneficial for West Michigan manufacturers struggling to fill their talent needs.


Friday, 08 July 2016 12:47

CEO’s departure adds uncertainty for economic development in Battle Creek

While President and CEO Margie Briganti’s abrupt departure after 14 months at Battle Creek Creek Unlimited left a hole in the leadership of the economic development firm, it also comes on the heels of what’s been a tumultuous two years for the organization.

Sunday, 10 July 2016 13:22

WMU student envisions fully autonomous machine shop

RICHLAND — As manufacturers turn to automation and robotics to speed production and increase efficiencies, one soon-to-be graduate of Western Michigan University aims to bring that technology to machine shops. 

Sunday, 10 July 2016 13:19

Brexit adds uncertainty for West Michigan manufacturers

British voters wanted to send a message with the Brexit vote, and it was certainly heard loud and clear by manufacturers in West Michigan. 


Sunday, 10 July 2016 13:15

Drones could take flight under new FAA regulations

The airspace above West Michigan could become considerably more crowded now that a new federal ruling makes it easier for companies to use drones.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 12:29

JR Automation to invest $5.6M in expansion project

JR Automation Technologies LLC plans to invest $5.6 million to purchase a new facility in Holland Charter Township that will accommodate growth among its executive, engineering and other support staff.

Friday, 24 June 2016 15:17

Amid flat growth, Steelcase projects declining revenue ahead

While Steelcase Inc.’s first quarter earnings largely met executives’ expectations, the company projects a decline in revenues and orders in its second quarter, driven largely by uncertainty in the global market.


Friday, 24 June 2016 14:41

North American, niche markets boost Herman Miller

A combination of a rebounding North American market and robust performance from niche categories led to a strong finish for Herman Miller Inc.’s 2016 fiscal year.

Sunday, 26 June 2016 11:10

Office furniture manufacturers take divergent approaches to technology integration

As the footprint of workstations continues to shrink, office furniture manufacturers are focusing on integrating new technology into their products to drive value. 

Sunday, 26 June 2016 10:55

Freedom of choice: Employers seek blended office settings to offer workers options

CHICAGO — After several years of vacillating between open office concepts and private spaces, the so-called “pendulum shift” in office furniture seems to have settled into a new normal. 


Sunday, 26 June 2016 10:31

Muskegon entrepreneurs eye onsite electrical generation with new power system

MUSKEGON — A pair of West Michigan entrepreneurs want to create a market for onsite electrical power generation by undercutting large utilities with cheaper electricity costs. 

Sunday, 26 June 2016 10:29

Cautious optimism pervades office furniture manufacturers

Apart from uncertainty caused by global turmoil and the current political landscape, the office furniture industry seems primed for at least two more years of positive, albeit modest, growth.

Sunday, 26 June 2016 10:15

Unwrapping an ‘odyssey’: sides weigh in on lawsuit claiming Herman Miller failed to legally acquire Design Within Reach

ZEELAND — When news of a lawsuit questioning the legality of Herman Miller Inc.’s acquisition of Design Within Reach made headlines this month, few people in the industry understood the complexity of the case. 


Friday, 10 June 2016 11:02

Lawsuit questions legality of Herman Miller’s acquisition of Design Within Reach

Herman Miller Inc.’s highly praised $154 million acquisition in 2014 of high-end furniture retailer Design Within Reach Inc. may not legally have occurred.

Sunday, 12 June 2016 15:29

Michigan Tech, MSU partner to drive development in state’s forestry industry

consortium of academics, government officials and industry leaders wants to refocus the state on wood products and create a hub for bio-materials produced from Michigan’s forests.

Sunday, 12 June 2016 16:17

MSU neuroscience grad launches startup focused on educational drones

LANSING — One mid-Michigan entrepreneur wants to fill a need in the rapidly growing market for unmanned aerial vehicles by catering his products to educators and students.


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