Automation firms pitch robots as solution to social distancing for manufacturers
Robotics and automation could offer manufacturers a key way forward to operating in the post-coronavirus environment because of their ability to reduce workplace contamination and worker interactions.
Automotive supply chain adapts to month-by-month scenario planning
Automotive manufacturers are back up and running after months of production shutdowns following widespread outbreaks of COVID-19.
Pandemic forces mobility firms to pivot, renew focus on rider safety
Shared transit presents unprecedented risks as communities and businesses around the state reopen and people come out of isolation following a months-long shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Manufacturers turn to temps to fill new workplace roles
Temporary workers were some of the first people to lose manufacturing jobs when the coronavirus started to spread into the Midwest, and they also filled in the gaps left by the highly contagious virus at essential businesses.
Manufacturers tap into new vendors to meet safety protocols in wake of COVID-19
People line up early at manufacturing plants to have their temperature taken by registered nurses who were laid off from hospitals in the chaos of the COVID-19 crisis.
Uncertain future ahead for state’s ‘Futures for Frontliners’ program
A new program aims to give frontline workers in the COVID-19 pandemic a pathway into higher education.
Herman Miller cuts 300 jobs
ZEELAND — Office furniture manufacturer Herman Miller Inc. is laying off about 300 employees throughout the company’s global workforce in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions.
Collision Consolidation Co. acquires Stonewall Road Automotive Group
Holland-based Collision Consolidation Co. LLC has acquired Stonewall Road Automotive Group, a Grand Rapids-based multi-state operator of MAACO automotive repair centers.
Suppliers resume manufacturing in preparation for automakers
West Michigan manufacturers reopen with heightened awareness of risk management
HOME, FOR NOW: Office furniture industry stays vigilant as nation joins ‘huge experiment’ in remote working
The COVID-19 global pandemic has pushed millions of Americans to work from their home offices, or in lieu of a dedicated workspace, their dining room tables and couches.
Michigan aerospace suppliers brace for continued industry turbulence
The aerospace industry is facing unparalleled disruption and uncertainty emerging from the continued grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Knoll to sell off Grand Rapids area manufacturing plant
Office furniture maker Knoll Inc. has entered into a tentative agreement to sell the company’s manufacturing plant in Kentwood.
Rules relaxed as manufacturers step up to address critical health equipment shortages
As Michigan manufacturers shift course to join the growing “arsenal of health,” federal regulators have responded to the COVID-19 outbreak by reducing potential liability that typically comes with making medical supplies.
Shutdown could delay new vehicle launches, increase pricing pressure
Automakers are delaying or rethinking the timing of new vehicles as production disruptions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic linger into the spring.
Wolverine shifts focus to e-commerce as Q1 earnings decline
Wolverine World Wide Inc. is leaning into e-commerce as the COVID-19 crisis drives more consumer purchases online.
Survey reflects manufacturers’ bleak outlook as pandemic shutdown lingers
The vast majority of manufacturers are predicting challenging times ahead for the industry.
Port City owner Pace Industries files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
MUSKEGON — Pace Industries LLC, which manufactures die-cast parts and previously acquired the former Port City Group operations in Muskegon, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week.
Herman Miller sues online retailer over knock-offs
ZEELAND — Office furniture maker Herman Miller Inc. has filed a federal lawsuit against an online retailer for counterfeiting iconic designs from the company’s Design Within Reach Inc. subsidiary.
Automation providers see an opening during production pause
As businesses have been forced to pause operations in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, manufacturers are using the opportunity to explore and research new technologies that could change their future processes.
Automation helps manufacturers adjust operations to serve health care needs
In late March, two days before Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a stay-home order for all state residents, General Motors Co. approached Esys Automation with a challenge.
Recession could spur manufacturers’ investments in automation
The fallout from the coronavirus pandemic may prompt a new spike in the adoption of automation among the region’s manufacturers and have a lasting effect on an already shifting labor market.
Q&A: John Walsh President of Michigan Manufacturers Association
Just barely three months into John Walsh’s role as president of the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA), the COVID-19 crisis hit the industry with a nearly complete shutdown of the state. MMA, which serves as the lobbying arm for the automotive industry and other manufacturing companies, has pivoted to communicate and advocate in Lansing for members while also connecting manufacturers that can address the shortage of medical supplies with the health systems that need them most. Walsh spoke with MiBiz about his vision for MMA and what the organization can do to help companies make it through the current crisis.
Herman Miller cuts salaries, suspends dividends
ZEELAND — Office furniture manufacturer Herman Miller Inc. is implementing a range of actions to temporarily reduce costs and preserve liquidity, including a 10-percent reduction in compensation for the majority of the company’s salaried employees.
MEDC offers grants to manufacturers who retool to make health care supplies
As more manufacturers rapidly shift their operations to produce critical health and human service supplies in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the state is offering new funding to help offset the cost of retooling.
Auto supplier Benteler lays off more than 1,000 West Michigan workers
German automotive supplier Benteler Automotive Corp. is laying off more than 1,000 people across its West Michigan operations.
Herman Miller brings back manufacturing workers to focus on health care projects
ZEELAND — Office furniture maker Herman Miller Inc. anticipates bringing back up to 30 percent of its manufacturing employees by today to help support the company’s health care division.
Arsenal of health: Manufacturers shift operations to meet needs during pandemic
Demand for the mobile computer workstations produced by Walker-based health care furniture manufacturer Altus Industries Inc. had already begun to spike as hospitals started setting up quarantine and triage areas in preparation for an influx of COVID-19 patients.
Reports: Detroit Three automakers to close all North American factories
Detroit’s Big Three automakers will shut down all of their factories in an effort to protect workers and the further spread of novel coronavirus, according to various industry reports.
Automotive analysts see shifting dynamics amid coronavirus spread
The automotive industry is scrambling to strike a balance between near-term execution and unsteady industry disruption from the novel coronavirus outbreak.