Mitch Galloway

Mitch Galloway

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

Saturday, 15 September 2018 21:49

Agriculture Roundtable: West Michigan farmers remain optimistic, despite a flurry of industry challenges

Not even depressed commodity prices, stalled trade talks, labor constraints and climate change can stanch farmers’ optimism.

Saturday, 15 September 2018 21:45

West Michigan farmers call for action on trade policy

As discussions over international trade policies have ramped up in recent months, West Michigan farmers say more needs to be done to ensure the U.S. has a “level playing field” with other countries.

Saturday, 15 September 2018 21:37

Precision performance: West Michigan farmers adopt tech to save time, money

By implementing auto-steer technology on tillage equipment, Jeff VanderWerff has increased efficiency by roughly 15 percent on his 2,000-acre Kent County farm.

Saturday, 15 September 2018 21:10

New owner positions metal finisher Blough Inc. for continued growth

As the new owner of Blough Inc., Sean Larkin plans to maintain the company’s roots as a metal finisher in the middle of “farming country.”  

Saturday, 15 September 2018 20:57

Time of distress? Concerned auto suppliers seek turnaround help as challenges mount

A turbulent period full of major disruptions for the automotive industry has translated into business doubling for Conway MacKenzie Inc., a Birmingham, Mich.-based turnaround firm.

Saturday, 15 September 2018 20:11

Muskegon seeks to repurpose shuttered state prison for industrial use

The City of Muskegon wants to buy a shuttered state prison, wrap it into an adjacent industrial park and lure a new company to the lakeshore, MiBiz has learned.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 09:47

Lumbermen’s completes multi-million-dollar expansion for door division

A Grand Rapids-based building materials manufacturer moved its door division from Wyoming, Mich. to an expanded facility in Byron Center.

Monday, 10 September 2018 11:34

Great Lakes Coca-Cola to close Kalamazoo plant, lay off 102 workers

A bottler and distributor of Coca-Cola products is closing its operations in Kalamazoo.

Friday, 31 August 2018 21:18

Q&A: Ian Sage - Chief engineer for innovation, GHSP Inc.

Last month, GHSP Inc. officially opened a new 7,000-square-foot technology hub at 6 Sherman Ave. in Grand Haven, where the company will offer its automotive and appliance engineering teams more freedom and flexibility to innovate. The Grand Haven-based GHSP, a division of JSJ Corp., recognized that it must create products outside of its traditional scope if it wants to remain globally competitive. After just a few weeks at the hub, the company already has started working on a new technology that it will debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. GHSP Chief Engineer Ian Sage spoke with MiBiz about the planning and strategy that went into creating the tech hub.

Friday, 31 August 2018 20:28

Dienetics adjusts to changes in automotive industry landscape

JENISON — The changing automotive industry is forcing West Michigan manufacturer Dienetics to adjust how it does business.

Friday, 31 August 2018 20:03

'Chilling effect:’ Manufacturers, recyclers feel brunt of China’s ban on recyclable materials

A Haworth Inc. policy to avoid sending waste to landfills has put the company in a bind as the recycling industry struggles to react to a glut of materials flooding the market.

Thursday, 30 August 2018 14:17

Motion Dynamics plans $3.75 million expansion in Fruitport

Medical device supplier Motion Dynamics Holdings LLC is expanding in Muskegon County.

Friday, 24 August 2018 08:16

Padnos acquires stake in Southeast Michigan recycler

A West Michigan recycler has acquired a “significant” ownership stake in GLR Advanced Recycling.  

Sunday, 19 August 2018 20:55

West Michigan auto suppliers embrace technology to meet automaker demands

ACME — As automakers race to incorporate more technology in their vehicles, automotive industry suppliers are starting to rethink their operations in West Michigan and beyond.

Saturday, 18 August 2018 17:48

West Michigan auto suppliers adjust to headwinds

ACME — In his role as president of Shape Corp., Mark White often deals with disruptions in navigating the Grand Haven-based Tier 1 automotive supplier through uncertain business conditions.

Saturday, 18 August 2018 17:42

Top of the Cycle - Suppliers, economists express concern, some optimism about auto industry’s future

ACME — After an extended period of growth, vehicle sales have started to cool at a time when industry-wide uncertainty is hampering manufacturers’ optimism.

Saturday, 18 August 2018 16:34

Automotive supplier roundtable - Heightened uncertainty tests resiliency for automotive suppliers

So far this year, West Michigan-based automotive suppliers have endured the fallout from supply chain disruptions, wrestled with rising costs related to steel and aluminum tariffs and struggled to fill open positions at their factories.

Saturday, 18 August 2018 16:23

Auto suppliers team up to access new tech, ‘diversify risk,’ experts say

ACME — Amid a period of technological upheaval in the automotive industry, West Michigan-based supplier Mann + Hummel USA Inc. is reducing project costs and saving time by partnering, collaborating or aligning with larger OEMs.

Friday, 17 August 2018 04:00

Auto supplier GHSP to open new tech hub in Grand Haven

A West Michigan automotive supplier GHSP Inc. is planning to move into an advanced tech hub in Grand Haven.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 17:11

Herman Miller names Banana Republic exec as next president and CEO

Andi Owen will become the first female president and CEO to lead Herman Miller Inc.

Sunday, 12 August 2018 19:29

PE firm Concurrence Capital invests in Sparta telecom contractor

GRAND RAPIDS — Concurrence Capital Holdings LLC has closed on a deal to acquire a Sparta-based telecommunications contractor.

Thursday, 09 August 2018 11:48

Companies plan $510 million dairy processing operations for Lansing area

A major new dairy processing plant in Mid-Michigan aims to help alleviate a key challenge for the state’s dairy farmers.

Tuesday, 07 August 2018 10:49

Grand Rapids-based Auxo Investment Partners acquires Williamston-based die manufacturer

GRAND RAPIDS — Manufacturer Midway Rotary Die Solutions has sold to a West Michigan-based private equity firm.

Saturday, 04 August 2018 00:00

Advance Packaging turns to new machinery to combat labor shortage

KENTWOOD — For months, Advance Packaging Corp. has been trying to fill nearly two dozen openings at its facility in Kentwood.

Friday, 03 August 2018 23:22

End of a cycle? M&A activity plateaus for West Michigan manufacturers, advisers say

Before Landscape Forms Inc. acquired Kornegay Design last year, the Kalamazoo-based designer and manufacturer of site furniture, accessories and lighting mulled several acquisition targets that shared its design culture and core beliefs.

Friday, 03 August 2018 11:49

Medbio sells majority stake to private equity firm

One of West Michigan’s prominent contract medical device manufacturers has been acquired by a Philadelphia, Pa.-based private equity firm.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018 14:24

PE-backed Cone Drive to be acquired by Ohio manufacturer

A private equity-owned Northern Michigan manufacturer of precision industrial motion control products has signed a deal to sell to Ohio-based Timken Co.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018 19:23

Pfizer taps new state incentive with $465 million investment at Portage campus

Pfizer Inc. is the first manufacturer to take advantage of the Good Jobs for Michigan incentive program signed into law a year ago by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Saturday, 21 July 2018 15:19

Q&A: Isaiah Wunsch - CEO, Wunsch Farms

The U.S. House and Senate each passed their own very different version of the 2018 farm bill, setting up a sprint to a Sept. 30 deadline, when the current legislation expires. If they fail to come to a compromise and pass a bill that President Trump will sign, farmers could face disruptions in many crucial federal programs covered by the farm bill, including crop insurance programs and agricultural research, as well as food assistance for low-income citizens. 

Saturday, 21 July 2018 13:17

Feeling Blue - Facing worker shortage, farmers find flaws with visa process, say reforms needed

HOLLAND — A farmworker shortage and low commodity prices are forcing West Michigan blueberries farmers to alter how they approach their harvests.

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