Mitch Galloway

Mitch Galloway

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

Sunday, 22 April 2018 19:18

Muskegon hopes to land ‘significant’ manufacturing plant with industrial park expansion

MUSKEGON — By adding 22.7 acres of land to the Port City Industrial Park, the city of Muskegon hopes to lure an expanding light-industrial manufacturer to the site.

Sunday, 15 April 2018 20:37

Meet 4 up-and-coming West Michigan tech startups

As West Michigan’s startup culture continues to develop, many new tech companies are growing out of business incubators around the region.

Sunday, 15 April 2018 20:27

California PE firm positions Precision Aerospace as Midwest consolidator

WAYLAND — With the acquisition of a West Michigan aerospace manufacturer, Tribus Aerospace aims to become a regional consolidator in the highly fragmented industry across the Midwest.

Sunday, 15 April 2018 20:24

West Michigan’s ‘sleeping giant’: Region’s aerospace supply chain braces for growth amid strong global demand

With the automotive industry headed for a period of plateauing sales and a potential slowdown, manufacturers could find opportunities to diversify by supplying Michigan’s aerospace sector.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 14:39

Dairy processor to expand Wyoming plant

A dairy processor plans to expand its existing facility in West Michigan.

Sunday, 08 April 2018 20:06

Rockford automation manufacturer acquired by Minnesota packaging company

ROCKFORD — An employee-owned Minnesota company has acquired Integrated Packaging LLC, an automation manufacturer based in Rockford.

Sunday, 01 April 2018 23:26

Tariffs could threaten Michigan’s $2.7 billion ag exports, industry experts warn

Michigan’s farmers and food processors are closely watching how talks of trade wars and retaliatory tariffs could affect the nearly $2.7 billion in exports they send to other countries.

Sunday, 01 April 2018 23:04

4 advisers weigh in on the market for small businesses to transition or sell

A continued robust economy provides the right timing for business owners to consider selling their companies throughout the remainder of the year.

Sunday, 01 April 2018 23:02

Buyers outnumber sellers as more PE firms, individual investors enter the market

When Alan Hartline purchased Kingma’s Market four years ago, he pivoted away from a corporate world in which he was at the “mercy of quarterly earnings and Wall Street.”

Sunday, 01 April 2018 22:51

Rockford firm uses big data to time machine lubrication, maintenance

ROCKFORD — Getting West Michigan manufacturers to embrace cutting-edge technology can be “a tough nut to crack.”

Sunday, 01 April 2018 22:49

West Michigan musical instrument makers find a niche

Black Swamp Percussion LLC started out like many musical instrument manufacturers tend to, by “rolling out of hobby mode into a little bit of a business.”

Sunday, 01 April 2018 22:42

Michigan's gain? State more resilient to NAFTA withdrawal than expected, per U-M projections

Michigan’s manufacturing industry could stand to gain jobs if the U.S. were to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, according to an analysis from economists at the University of Michigan.

Friday, 23 March 2018 12:45

Ridgeview Industries to acquire Shape Corp. stampings facility

Automotive supplier Shape Corp. is selling its stamping operations facility in Spring Lake, the company announced Thursday.

Sunday, 18 March 2018 16:30

Holland manufacturer invests in new equipment to keep up with demand

HOLLAND — When outdated machinery forced Genzink Steel Supply and Welding Co. to delay customer orders and send products to other companies, President Brock Mahler knew it was time to invest in new equipment.

Sunday, 18 March 2018 16:28

4 industry perspectives on how automation is reshaping manufacturing

Spurred on by tax reform, a need for innovation and the current talent shortage, manufacturers increasingly have embraced automation on their shop floors.

Sunday, 18 March 2018 11:15

Steelcase turns to building automation systems to improve energy efficiency

By using a wireless lighting control system to receive data and information from its operations, office furniture manufacturer Steelcase Inc. is improving its overall energy performance on its factory floors.

Sunday, 18 March 2018 11:12

Technical knowhow: West Michigan evolves as hub for automation

Michigan’s role in improving manufacturing efficiency has come a long way since the invention of the assembly line.

Sunday, 18 March 2018 11:11

Tech firms help manufacturers embrace new advancements

Joe Dyer wants manufacturers to know that automation isn’t an end goal but a means to drive greater productivity, profitability and efficiency in the workplace.

Sunday, 18 March 2018 11:09

Manufacturers bristle at concept of taxing robots

The shift to a more automated future in which manufacturers need fewer workers to churn out products has the potential to upend how industrialized countries operate.

Sunday, 18 March 2018 11:05

Federal tax reform benefits manufacturers’ investments in automation equipment

For West Michigan manufacturers who are struggling both to find workers and to keep up with order volumes, the recent federal tax reform offers some welcome news.

Thursday, 15 March 2018 16:47

Johnson Controls considers sale of automotive battery division

Johnson Controls International plc is reviewing whether it should sell or spin off its battery division to focus on its main HVAC and building electronics business, company officials said this week.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 16:35

Imperial Beverage acquires U.P.-based beer distributor business

Alcoholic beverage distributor Imperial Beverage Co. will enter the Upper Peninsula market after acquiring Bayside Beverage earlier this week.

Sunday, 04 March 2018 18:48

Farming's female future? West Michigan women buck stereotypes with ag industry careers

GRAND RAPIDS — The new generation of agricultural leaders across West Michigan will likely look different than your grandfather’s farm.

Sunday, 04 March 2018 17:58

Proposed tariffs on aluminum, steel ‘bad news’ for West Michigan manufacturers

As the manufacturing industry begins to get “its mojo back,” Miles Free thinks danger might lie ahead for the sector, especially if the federal government imposes tariffs on key raw materials.

Sunday, 04 March 2018 17:55

Fire protection manufacturer moving closer to downtown amid increased product demand

CALEDONIA — A Hastings-based manufacturer of fire suppression equipment needed a new home that would allow its business to expand and meet the demands for its growing line of sprinklers.

Sunday, 04 March 2018 17:53

West Michigan mold builders plan to hire, raise wages this year

GRAND RAPIDS — Many West Michigan mold manufacturers are looking to get ahead of the oncoming wave of employee retirements by hiring more employees this year.

Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:53

Norton Shores conveyor manufacturer to double capacity in move to new facility

NORTON SHORES — One growing Lakeshore area manufacturer didn’t have to look far when it came time to find a new place to consolidate its operations.

Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:50

Southwest Michigan manufacturers join KVCC consortium to fill workplace gaps

Until business leaders can come together to address industry problems, companies “will not succeed.”

Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:48

Manufacturers solve problems internally, bring training in-house

Over the last few years, manufacturers have developed extensive in-house training programs in a move to combat skilled worker shortages.

Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:46

Tech center targets next generation

Backed by $432,000 in new state funding, the Kent Career Tech Center aims to expose more students to career opportunities in the skilled trades.

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