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Mitch Galloway

Mitch Galloway

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

Sunday, 10 December 2017 12:34

West Michigan manufacturers use wage increases as talent-retention tool

GRAND RAPIDS — Hourly workers at Micron Manufacturing Co. are making an average of 7 percent more in wages than they were a year ago.

Sunday, 03 December 2017 20:52

Spiech Farms files for bankruptcy after two troubled harvests in 2017

PAW PAW — A Southwest Michigan-based provider of fresh and frozen blueberries, asparagus and grapes has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

Sunday, 26 November 2017 15:46

Follow the milk: Wisconsin cooperative plans dairy processing campus in Greenville

GREENVILLE — The strategy for a Wisconsin-based milk processor that’s in talks to create a potential “dairy campus” in Greenville, Mich. is quite simple: Follow the milk.


Sunday, 26 November 2017 15:43

Praxis Packaging expands to East Coast with deal for New Jersey company

GRAND RAPIDS — A deal to acquire a New Jersey firm positions Praxis Packaging Solutions Co. to expand on the East Coast and diversify from its stronghold with pharmaceutical customers. 

Sunday, 26 November 2017 15:41

Competitive forces: Despite projections for a record 2018, tool and die suppliers brace for a cyclical downturn

With 177 new vehicle launches expected by 2020, tooling suppliers like Walker Tool & Die Inc. are bracing for another busy period in what’s been a string of good years for the industry.

Saturday, 18 November 2017 08:00

GR-based organic food delivery service to expand in Southeast Michigan

A West Michigan-based organic food delivery service plans to expand to Southeast Michigan.  



Sunday, 12 November 2017 16:03

Q&A: Dr. Bill Pink, President of Grand Rapids Community College

Dr. Bill Pink is Grand Rapids Community College’s 10th president, replacing Dr. Steven Ender who retired in May. Pink has been with GRCC since 2015, having served as the college’s vice president and dean of workforce development. Prior to GRCC, Pink was vice president of academic affairs at Oklahoma State University. An educator for 25 years, Pink’s background includes an associate degree from York College in Nebraska, a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Christian University, a master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. Pink spoke with MiBiz about the need for GRCC to stay relevant for employers and how the college is designing courses to make that a reality.

Sunday, 12 November 2017 16:01

Pork prices dip as tensions rise with NAFTA

Concerns over the fate of NAFTA come at a time of pricing pressures for Michigan’s hog farmers.

Sunday, 12 November 2017 15:56

Ending NAFTA would hurt West Michigan farmers, experts say

GRAND RAPIDS — The potential reversal of the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) could jeopardize West Michigan farmers and food processors.


Sunday, 12 November 2017 15:35

Seabrook Plastics leverages technology, expands to produce larger parts

NORTON SHORES — Manufacturer Seabrook Plastics Inc. is leveraging its investment in technology to improve process repeatability and reduce non-value added cost.

Sunday, 12 November 2017 15:32

Automation shifts workforce needs for West Michigan manufacturers

Manufacturers in West Michigan have turned to automation in recent years to get jobs done quicker and cheaper, and their investments in the technology shows no signs of slowing down.

Sunday, 29 October 2017 12:55

Maike takes helm of Baker College in Muskegon

After 15 years away from Baker College of Muskegon, Dr. Aaron Maike has returned to campus, taking over duties as president in the market. Maike, who’s been with Baker College for two decades, most recently served as president of the Owosso campus, where he’s been since 2014. In Muskegon, he replaces Lee Coggin, who retired earlier this month. Maike’s educational background includes a bachelor of science in accounting from Northern Michigan University, an MBA in finance from Baker College, and a doctorate in business administration from Trident University International. Maike spoke with MiBiz about his journey back to West Michigan and his confidence in Baker College’s future.



Sunday, 29 October 2017 12:17

Event spaces proliferate in response to growing demand in West Michigan

thriving business climate and renewed interest in communities across West Michigan have sparked increased demand for event space throughout the region.

Sunday, 29 October 2017 12:16

Craft brewers realize benefits of year-old law allowing unpaid social media marketing

Until last year, state law barred alcoholic beverage makers and wholesalers from using social media to promote their products at the retailer level, even though many of them did anyway.

Sunday, 29 October 2017 12:13

Professional service firms embrace events for client development, community connection

GRAND RAPIDS — Accounting, law and marketing firms are hosting more educational and social gatherings than they were just three years ago.


Tuesday, 17 October 2017 14:00

U.S. Postal Service awards $214 million contract to Spartan Motors

Spartan Motors Inc. has been awarded a contract valued at more than $214 million to produce cargo delivery vans for the U.S. Postal Service.

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