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Mitch Galloway

Mitch Galloway

Staff writer, covers manufacturing, automation and agribusiness. Twitter: @MitchSGalloway

Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:09

AMP Lab @WMU leverages partnerships to address talent shortage

GRAND RAPIDS — With the new AMP Lab @WMU that’s set to open this fall, Western Michigan University wants to leverage public- and private-sector partnerships to help local manufacturers innovate and access talent.

Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:07

West Michigan manufacturers depend on state grants for training dollars

GRAND RAPIDS — With Cascade Die Casting Group Inc. purchasing up to a dozen new robots every year, the company has realized its investments can’t stop with just the equipment.

Sunday, 04 February 2018 01:28

After loss of key customer, Midwest Timer repositions for growth via acquisition

BENTON HARBOR — Faced with declining sales and changing customer buying habits, Midwest Timer Service Inc. needed to make some changes to its business.


Sunday, 04 February 2018 01:26

Vehicle interiors become hub for innovation and technology

DETROIT — The push to offer autonomous driving, innovate new mobility options and differentiate models with new technology has upended many parts of the automotive industry.

Sunday, 04 February 2018 01:10

Dealers turn to tech specialists to educate car buyers

SPARTA — As automakers increasingly load their vehicles with new technology and complex infotainment systems, dealerships are fielding more questions from confused and often frustrated customers.

Sunday, 04 February 2018 01:08

Confidence in truck market spurs OEMs to offer more diesel options

DETROIT — By offering diesel powertrains in their light-duty pickup trucks, the Detroit Three automakers are betting they can eke out even more sales in what’s been a red-hot market.



Sunday, 04 February 2018 01:07

Buy, lease, subscribe? Automakers debut new business model aimed at young, urban buyers

A growing number of automakers are adopting a new business model that could change how some customers get into the car market.

Sunday, 04 February 2018 01:05

Keep truckin’: Pickups take center stage as automakers gear up for new ‘truck war’

DETROIT — As two of the top three best-selling vehicles get a makeover this year, the 2018 North American International Auto Show once again seemed devoted to the ultimate American lifestyle automobile: the pickup truck.

Friday, 02 February 2018 18:50

Whirlpool to issue layoffs as part of cost-cutting measure

Whirlpool Corp. will layoff an undisclosed number of employees at its West Michigan facilities.


Sunday, 21 January 2018 12:31

Fire truck maker HME ramps up ahead of growing demand

WYOMING — As more municipal fire truck fleets exceed their life expectancies, that’s good news for one West Michigan-based manufacturer of heavy duty truck chassis and fire apparatuses.

Sunday, 21 January 2018 12:28

Robotics to the rescue: Office furniture makers increasingly adopt automation technology amid struggle to find talent

Office furniture manufacturers have been late adopters of automation, particularly inside their West Michigan-based factories.

Sunday, 21 January 2018 12:26

Spartan Motors partners with Indiana RV OEM

CHARLOTTE — Specialty chassis designer and vehicle manufacturer Spartan Motors Inc. has partnered with a recreational vehicle maker on a new motorhome aimed at users just coming into the market. 



Sunday, 07 January 2018 00:31

At family-owned Micron Manufacturing, workers create their own schedules

WALKER — One West Michigan manufacturer has embraced a “Wild West” approach to running its shop floor.

Sunday, 07 January 2018 00:29

Automakers, suppliers continue focus on tech acquisitions, including in West Michigan

More automotive suppliers these days are finding it’s easier to buy cutting-edge technology companies than to develop the complex systems on their own.

Sunday, 07 January 2018 00:21

Highly leveraged farmers could face distress amid volatility in ag industry, pricing

Farmers’ increasing use of credit to finance operations has left some operators financially exposed during a volatile period for the industry.


Sunday, 24 December 2017 18:27

Dairy industry struggles through downturn

Continental Dairy, a dairy processor in Coopersville, Mich., processes more than 300,000 pounds of nonfat dry milk per day and exports product to roughly 17 countries around the world. COO Steve Cooper reflects on why his sector of the agribusiness industry is facing some challenges currently.

Sunday, 24 December 2017 18:23

Agribusiness adapts to ‘new reality’ as some sectors continue to struggle

As president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association, Jim Byrum worries about trade, weather and talent — concerns shared by the farmers and food processors he talks to on a daily basis. Still, he remains optimistic for the sector’s growth next year.

Sunday, 24 December 2017 18:21

Michigan agriculture sector watches NAFTA discussions closely

One of the biggest issues Carl Bednarski expects to deal with in 2018 is the national Farm Bill, which will address agricultural concerns in infrastructure, crop insurance and exports. The president of the Michigan Farm Bureau discussed what legislation will affect the agricultural community the most.


Sunday, 24 December 2017 16:36

Plante Moran’s Mitchell: Auto suppliers brace for tech disruptions, risk from cyber attacks

A partner at accounting and consulting firm Plante Moran, Joel Mitchell has a front-line look into how manufacturers are faring. Mitchell, who heads the manufacturing and distribution industry service team in Grand Rapids, said companies are bracing for disruptions and closely watching how passage of the federal tax reform bill could affect their businesses.

Sunday, 24 December 2017 16:35

AutoHarvest’s Cole: Auto supply chain must deal with unpredictable political environment

The automotive industry faces many uncertainties heading into 2018. AutoHarvest Foundation Chairman David Cole said the industry is heading toward more unknowns than knowns, especially because Michigan manufacturers struggle to find proper talent as the visibility among consumers wavers. It all adds up to an unpredictable future for automakers, he said.

Sunday, 24 December 2017 16:26

2018 Outlook: Rick Arnold, Broadview Product Development Corp.

Broadview Product Development Corp. had strong business in 2017 with its automotive industry customers and also grew sales to office furniture manufacturers by 25 percent. That growth has President Rick Arnold facing some key challenges at the prototyping and engineering firm. “We’re busier than we have been, and we are busier than our resources can support,” he said. Like most businesses these days, Broadview constantly wrestles with concerns over talent, which remains a key issue for the company heading into 2018.


Sunday, 24 December 2017 15:35

Family-owned businesses wrestle with talent concerns

As president of Grand Rapids Label and chair of the Family Business Alliance, Bill Muir understands what family-owned companies are going through right now. According to Muir, manufacturers remain optimistic heading into the new year, and they’re making more investments to support their customers.

Sunday, 24 December 2017 15:27

Tech to continue driving change in auto industry, attorney says

Warner Norcross & Judd attorney Tom Manganello understands that the automotive industry is making a push to incorporate more technology. Manganello, who represents automotive sector clients, thinks if companies are not participating in this industry-wide shift, they could be in for trouble.

Sunday, 24 December 2017 15:24

West Michigan manufacturers plan investments in tech, culture for 2018

Manufacturers heading into 2018 have made workplace culture a priority.


Sunday, 24 December 2017 15:22

Manufacturers work to address ‘image problem’ at root of talent crunch

GRAND RAPIDS — After a decade of growth in manufacturing, the sector still finds itself having to defend its worth to parents and high school counsellors.

Sunday, 17 December 2017 19:03

Staying local: Greenville brewpub gets new owners

GREENVILLE — After being on the market for more than a year, a West Michigan restaurant and brewery has sold to new owners.

Friday, 15 December 2017 10:48

DENSO acquires Holland-based tech startup

In a move into smartphone-based automotive technology, component supplier DENSO International America Inc. acquired a Holland-based tech startup.


Sunday, 10 December 2017 13:21

Q&A: David Tarrien, Assistant Professor of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

On Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expects to vote on whether to put an end to net neutrality, a group of regulations that forces internet providers to enable public access to all content or applications. As the issue gains national attention, MiBiz asked David Tarrien, an associate professor at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, about who wins and loses if net neutrality is struck down. Tarrien teaches introduction to law, advanced writing, and research and writing, among other subjects.

Sunday, 10 December 2017 13:13

West Michigan roasters diversify into ready-to-drink coffees

As the ready-to-drink coffee market gains popularity among consumers, West Michigan roasters are diversifying their business models to reflect a shift in how consumers approach the product.

Sunday, 10 December 2017 12:44

Re.dwell crafts custom reclaimed wood furniture

GRAND RAPIDS —  Daniel Chase started niche furniture maker Re.dwell LLC somewhat out of necessity.


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