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John Wiegand

John Wiegand

Staff writer

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Sunday, 02 April 2017 15:57

Manufacturers must meet new cybersecurity regs or possibly lose government contracts

Upcoming cybersecurity regulations could catch manufacturers off guard and put at risk their ability to perform government contracts.

Sunday, 02 April 2017 15:54

Commercial printer turns to specialty packaging for future growth

WALKER — After several years of stagnating sales in its core business, one West Michigan company is diversifying into the packaging industry with a new expansion project.

Sunday, 02 April 2017 15:52

Lawsuit over Herman Miller deal for Design Within Reach heads to trial

ZEELAND — A legal dispute challenging the validity of the 2014 merger between Herman Miller Inc. and Design Within Reach could head to trial in Delaware this November.


Sunday, 02 April 2017 15:45

Great Lakes budget cuts threaten sport fishery management

Fisheries managers witnessed firsthand the devastation caused to coastal communities around Lake Huron when the population of chinook salmon abruptly crashed in 2004.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 12:19

Wastewater infrastructure project may lead to $173M investment from dairy processors

Two West Michigan dairy producers will collaborate on a wastewater infrastructure project that could spur up to $173 million in future investment in Coopersville.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:51

‘Mixed demand’ disrupts Herman Miller’s third quarter sales

Herman Miller Inc. closed the third quarter of its 2017 fiscal year with sales down slightly compared to the previous quarter, missing analysts’ expectations.


Wednesday, 22 March 2017 15:00

Blackford Capital acquires Illinois hospitality company

Blackford Capital has entered the hotel business through a new acquisition under its National Growth Practice.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 09:06

Steelcase flat for 2017 fiscal year despite rocky first two quarters

Bolstered by increased order volume from the Americas and Asia, Steelcase Inc. managed to close its 2017 fiscal year on par with the previous year’s results.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 16:49

Demand for food, animal safety products drives revenue growth for Neogen

Increasing demand for food safety and animal testing products drove sales higher for Neogen Corp.


Monday, 20 March 2017 12:18

Next Level Armament expands Jenison facility

After two years in the firearms business, Next Level Armaments LLC has expanded its production facility to accommodate a surge in demand for its rifles and components.

Sunday, 19 March 2017 16:15

Dunn reflects on tenure as WMU president

On June 30, John Dunn will step down as president of Western Michigan University after a decade on the job. Over the course of his tenure, Dunn ushered in a new era for the Kalamazoo-based university, playing a key role in striking a partnership with the Cooley Law School and creating the private Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. Under Dunn, WMU increased its minority enrollment from 10 percent of the student body in 2007 to 22 percent now. At the same time, WMU’s international student population doubled to 1,833 students. During a visit to Grand Rapids as part of a 10-day farewell tour across the state, Dunn spoke with MiBiz about his accomplishments at WMU and his plans for retirement.

Sunday, 19 March 2017 15:44

Consultant offers best practices for government contacting

With most experts predicting a surge in defense and infrastructure spending based on the Trump administration’s recent proposals, manufacturers likely will have more opportunities to vie for federal contracts. However, the process of actually finalizing a contract with the federal government is far from easy, said Sue Tellier, owner of JetCo Solutions LLC. The Grand Rapids-based consulting firm assists companies in the aerospace, defense, professional services and other industries in sourcing procurement contracts with the federal government. Roughly 20 percent of the company’s clients work in the aerospace industry. Tellier spoke with MiBiz regarding some best practices for companies pursuing government contracts.


Sunday, 19 March 2017 15:43

Federal legislation could bolster Michigan’s wood products industry

Legislation proposed earlier this month in the U.S. Senate could provide a boost to Michigan’s nascent advanced wood products industry.

Sunday, 19 March 2017 15:41

California Closets bets on West Michigan as long-term investment in talent

GRAND RAPIDS — While many companies decry the lack of available talent as a key challenge, one California-based manufacturer cited West Michigan’s workforce as the primary reason it’s moving into the region.

Sunday, 19 March 2017 15:39

Patriot Solar files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy amid dispute with key customer

ALBION — A dispute over several large-scale solar energy projects forced a Southwest Michigan solar equipment manufacturer into bankruptcy earlier this month.


Sunday, 19 March 2017 15:38

Trump administration prolongs fuel economy review process

Automakers have some more breathing room to weigh in on federal fuel economy regulations.

Friday, 17 March 2017 10:05

TAKING FLIGHT: West Michigan aerospace suppliers brace for surge in defense spending

Aerospace suppliers are turning bullish on military contracts ahead of what many see as a surge in defense spending, despite the sector taking a backseat in recent years to the commercial aircraft industry.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 13:17

Spring Lake craft brewery closes, owners plan sale

After less than two years in business, Dutch Girl Brewing Inc. plans to close.


Friday, 10 March 2017 11:03

‘Stress fractures’ policy shifts point to possible downturn in otherwise stable auto market

Despite a relatively stable outlook for the automotive sector, industry experts have started noticing evidence of “stress fractures” appearing in an otherwise healthy market.

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 15:19

Albion solar energy product manufacturer files for bankruptcy

Patriot Solar Group LLC of Albion on Monday filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan.

Monday, 06 March 2017 16:27

Steelcase bets on the connected office with Microsoft partnership

Steelcase Inc. has partnered with global tech to capitalize on the growing market for connected devices in the office.


Sunday, 05 March 2017 20:13

Municipal wastewater infrastructure becomes key business attraction tool

COLDWATER — When Clemens Food Group began searching for a site to house its new 550,000-square-foot pork processing facility, access to wastewater capacity emerged as its top requirement.

Sunday, 05 March 2017 20:05

Trout farm taps opportunity to sell to large retailers with state grant

JACKSON — Indian Brook Trout Farm Inc. plans to leverage $150,000 it received through a state grant to win vital contracts with national grocery retailers.

Sunday, 05 March 2017 16:33

Extreme Wire bets on new machine to drive growth

Sometimes in business a small ultimatum can make a world of difference.


Sunday, 05 March 2017 16:31

Suppliers balance ‘Trump Bump’ with concerns over trade policies

Sentiment among automotive suppliers improved during the first part of 2017 as executives regained some degree of certainty following the results of the presidential election.

Sunday, 05 March 2017 16:29

Tax machines as workers? Proposals weigh taxing automation equipment to replace lost worker income tax revenue

As automation technology continues to advance, lawmakers and industry insiders are working to determine what role a new wave of robotic workers could play in the future social tax structure.

Sunday, 05 March 2017 16:27

Manufacturers turn to robotics for simpler tasks as costs come down

The notion that a worker shortage is fueling the adoption of automation equipment discounts the role technology can play in helping companies compete. 


Friday, 03 March 2017 12:59

Michigan ag supply chain could grow by capturing in-state market for craft brewing

Despite the rapid expansion of Michigan farmland dedicated to growing hops and grains for the state’s craft beverage sector, experts say the industry has more room to grow. A new Michigan State University Product Center study examines the potential economic impact for Michigan craft breweries to produce beer exclusively with in-state ingredients.

Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:10

Sales for Spartan Motors buoyed by fleet vehicles business in 2016

Strong performance in its fleet vehicle business lifted sales for Spartan Motors Inc. throughout 2016.

Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:06

Universal Forest Products posts double-digit sales growth to close 2016

Demand for lumber throughout the retail, construction and industrial markets drove strong sales for Universal Forest Products Inc. last year.


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