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Displaying items tagged: JSJ Corp

Sunday, 26 September 2021 19:00

Federal vaccine mandate riles manufacturers already facing workforce challenges

While many West Michigan manufacturers are staying mum on a proposed federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate and how it might affect the industry, Nelson Jacobson believes it’s a conversation worth having.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 20 December 2020 19:25

JSJ navigates complexities of supply chain disruption, mandatory vaccines

Few local executives can provide a better view of the manufacturing industry than Nelson Jacboson, whose Grand Haven-based JSJ Corp. is entering its 101st year in business and features a portfolio of companies with an international presence. Jacobson said the pandemic gave rise to a host of complexities in the supply chain as well as worker retention. Those challenges are likely to continue into next year, along with uncertainty about how the business community approaches mandatory COVID-19 vaccines.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 16 August 2020 18:50

Auto suppliers tackle disruptions with new ways of working, innovation

The topic of the day at this year’s Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars was predictable.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 07 June 2020 18:50

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. 

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 26 May 2020 12:21

State-backed mobility pilot programs to test three new technologies in West Michigan

Three mobility programs with a reach into West Michigan received $230,000 in state grant funding intended to address public health concerns brought on by the coronavirus. 

Published in Manufacturing
Thursday, 07 May 2020 17:06

GHSP launches product using UV light to disinfect vehicles

GRAND HAVEN — Auto supplier GHSP has launched a line of products for emergency and transport vehicles that uses ultraviolet light to disinfect and kill germs, including pathogens such as the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 29 March 2020 18:30

CRISIS MODE: West Michigan execs talk leadership strategies amid pandemic

As a global pandemic began to hit West Michigan, executives around the region stepped up to lead their organizations and their employees through the time of crisis. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 09 February 2020 17:45

West Michigan manufacturers brace for disruptions from Chinese Coronavirus outbreak

A tooling engineer from Grand Rapids-based Tier-1 supplier ADAC Automotive was traveling in the Wuhan area of China when the Coronavirus public health crisis broke in late January. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 08 December 2019 09:20

JSJ Corp. exec discusses strategy as firm positions for fourth generation

The sale comes as JSJ hones its strategy to focus on the high-growth companies within its portfolio, which includes auto supplier GHSP, label maker McLoone, engineered metal solutions provider Hudson Technologies and Sparks Belting Co. Chairman, President and CEO Nelson Jacobson spoke with MiBiz about the drivers behind the sale and how JSJ looks to invest as it begins to bring on board the fourth-generation family members of the company’s founders. 

Published in Manufacturing

Saturday, 07 December 2019 09:07

Growth Report: December 7, 2019

Here is the growth report for December 7, 2019.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 25 November 2019 10:16

JSJ Corp. sells Dake to PE-backed Laguna Tools

GRAND HAVEN — After being part of the JSJ Corp. portfolio of companies for nearly 80 years, metalworking equipment and machine tool maker Dake Corp. has new owners. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 18 August 2019 18:40

CAR MEETINGS: As demand shrinks, auto suppliers need to ramp up innovation, agility

ACME — After a decade of bullish outlooks, automotive suppliers need to buckle up for a period of upcoming disruptions. 

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 18 August 2019 17:00

MiBiz growth report: August 19, 2019

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Aug. 19, 2019:

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 23 June 2019 19:00

MT Contract resurrects familiar products at NeoCon debut

SHELBY — When Grand Haven-based JSJ Corp. decided last year to get out of the contract furniture business, Silver Street Inc. saw an opportunity to bolster its product offerings.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 20 January 2019 23:44

Q&A: Marc Smeyers, Chief Technology Officer, GHSP Inc.

Grand Haven-based GHSP Inc. is a global manufacturer “rooted into the West Michigan area,” according to Chief Technology Officer Marc Smeyers. In the past, GHSP was known for auto technology that combined electronics and mechanical engineering. Now, the company — a division of JSJ Corp. — is working across multiple industries for smart technology applications. At the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, GHSP introduced a future concept vehicle, products that use ultraviolet C (UVC) light to disinfect themselves, and a kitchen backsplash that’s an edge-to-edge touchscreen. Smeyers spoke to MiBiz about crossover technology in an increasingly fast-paced environment.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 25 November 2018 21:04

Up-and-coming med device firms exemplify industry’s rise in West Michigan

Against the backdrop of West Michigan’s nascent medical device industry and an expanding array of resources, high-tech health care startups are finding the tools they need to start and grow their businesses in the region.

Published in Health Care
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.

Published in Manufacturing
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.

Published in Manufacturing

Saturday, 07 July 2018 13:43

Zapping the germs

UV Partners Inc. developed a device that targets one of the most stubborn problems in health care: infections acquired in the hospital that sicken or kill thousands of patients annually. When Nelson Jacobson and executives at JSJ Corp. met last year with their counterparts at UV Partners, he quickly saw the device’s market potential. 

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 01 July 2018 08:00

Tech startup secures $3 million investment from JSJ Corp.

JSJ Corp. has invested $3 million in a startup company that wants to commercialize a device designed to reduce infections acquired in hospitals and other settings.

Published in Breaking News
Monday, 23 April 2018 19:09

JSJ Corp. to close office furniture manufacturer izzy+

JSJ Corp. plans to wind down office furniture company izzy+ after 17 years of operation.

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 24 December 2017 15:09

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Four perspectives on 2018

When Brad Davis looks ahead to 2018, he gets very excited about the future of his company, Zeeland-based Industrial Woodworking Corp.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 20 August 2017 10:26

A balancing act: Automotive suppliers in West Michigan brace for cyclical changes, emergence of new tech

ACME — A decade into the economic recovery, West Michigan-based automotive suppliers are having to look ahead and prepare for a period of declining new vehicle sales.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 05 February 2017 16:23

Auto suppliers proceed with caution amid threats to NAFTA

Following through with campaign promises, the Trump administration has set its sights on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). 

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 05 February 2017 16:13

Ripple Effects: West Michigan auto suppliers capitalize on push for advanced technologies

As the automotive industry pursues cutting-edge technological breakthroughs in autonomous driving and vehicle electrification, West Michigan suppliers must ensure they’re not left behind. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 25 December 2016 16:22

JSJ Corp. eyes ‘very significant growth’ despite political uncertainty, rhetoric on global trade

Given that JSJ Corp.’s diversified manufacturing operations span North America, Mexico and China, Nelson Jacobson and the company’s board of directors are bracing for a period of acute political uncertainty. However, the chairman, president and CEO of the Grand Haven-based company fully expects to see “very significant growth — 20 percent plus” in 2017. That growth is coming off a record year this year in which JSJ’s sales were “well over” $500 million across its portfolio that includes GHSP Inc., Izzy+ and Dake Corp. Jacobson spoke with MiBiz about his outlook for the new year and how the political volatility influences the company’s plans. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 25 December 2016 20:00

EDITORS’ NOTE: Uncertainty Ahead

In speaking with hundreds of business executives over the last couple of months, we heard plenty of different phrases to describe their overall bullishness: All-time record year. Double-digit growth. Expansion. New markets. New products.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 27 November 2016 15:44

Business as usual, for now: West Mich. automotive suppliers adopt wait-and-see approach

After one of the largest political upsets in recent history, West Michigan automotive suppliers have started assessing how a Donald Trump presidency could affect their industry. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 21 August 2016 13:54

Cruise Controlled? Auto suppliers debate investments as car sales begin to peak

West Michigan automotive suppliers have a lot on their plates as they prepare their businesses to be competitive in the coming years. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 26 June 2016 10:55

Freedom of choice: Employers seek blended office settings to offer workers options

CHICAGO — After several years of vacillating between open office concepts and private spaces, the so-called “pendulum shift” in office furniture seems to have settled into a new normal. 

Published in Manufacturing

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