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Displaying items by tag: Lakeshore Advantage

Friday, 20 May 2022 12:55

Holland medical device manufacturer expanding to new location

HOLLAND TWP. — A company that manufactures spine, joint, extremity, cardiology and vascular models for the medical device industry is moving to a new and larger location.

Published in Manufacturing
Thursday, 20 January 2022 14:02

Holland company plans $31M cold storage expansion to capitalize on regional food processing

HOLLAND — Transportation solutions company Art Mulder & Sons Trucking Inc. plans to invest more than $31 million in a project to greatly enhance its cold storage capabilities.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Friday, 03 December 2021 16:00

Holland, Big Rapids eyed for battery manufacturing developments

Advanced automotive battery suppliers are considering a pair of West Michigan cities for new or expanded manufacturing facilities, MiBiz has learned. 

Published in Energy

Tuesday, 30 November 2021 16:43

JR Automation expands with new 147K-square-foot facility in Holland

HOLLAND — Global designer, builder and integrator of automation solutions JR Automation Technologies LLC will open a new facility in Holland this week.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 10 October 2021 18:30

MEDC ‘comfortable’ after steep drop in tribal revenue sharing during pandemic

Officials at the Michigan Economic Development Corp. say they are moving forward after the organization took a multi-million-dollar hit last year as revenue sharing from tribally owned casinos plummeted during pandemic-related shutdowns.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 10 October 2021 16:00

With tight industrial inventory, developers turn to outlying metro areas

Low industrial real estate vacancy rates and ongoing construction backlogs are pushing industrial projects to more rural and outlying areas.


Thursday, 07 October 2021 10:34

West Michigan economic development groups launch Industry 4.0 campaign

West Michigan economic development organizations have launched a campaign aimed at preparing local manufacturers to adopt Industry 4.0 technology and practices.

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 29 September 2021 16:48

‘We need to do more to compete:’ Economic development leaders raise concerns over Ford expansion outside of Michigan

A statewide organization of economic development leaders is sounding alarms following Ford Motor Co.’s recent announcement to venture outside of its home state to make a historic investment in electric vehicles.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 04 July 2021 17:10

State funding nudges manufacturers into Industry 4.0

As the owner of two West Michigan-based manufacturing operations, Jay Garside is leaning on state resources to usher his businesses along their Industry 4.0 journeys.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 20 June 2021 18:55

Public filings shine unusual spotlight on $1.8B Herman Miller-Knoll deal

As a transformational merger between two office furniture giants heads for final approval, the details of their seven-month courtship offer insight into a deal that could change the industry’s landscape.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 23 May 2021 18:50

Furniture manufacturers huddle to overcome supply chain challenges

Fragile and inefficient supply chains took center stage throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and have furniture OEMs reevaluating the ways to approach this key component of their operations. 

Published in Manufacturing
Thursday, 29 April 2021 13:54

State grants to push Industry 4.0 adoption among manufacturers

ZEELAND — Economic development firm Lakeshore Advantage was one of 10 organizations to receive Michigan Strategic Fund grants to promote Industry 4.0 adoption and readiness among area manufacturers.

Published in Manufacturing

Tuesday, 27 April 2021 16:27

Ottawa County selects nonprofit vendor in first phase of broadband internet assessment

WEST OLIVE — Ottawa County has hired an Ann Arbor-based nonprofit research organization owned by Michigan public universities to analyze local broadband internet service, identify gaps and recommend potential cures.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 21 April 2021 12:52

Global control systems manufacturer expanding 3D printing operation in Zeeland

ZEELAND — A Colorado-based manufacturer that specializes in designing, manufacturing and servicing control systems for the aerospace industry plans to expand its operations in Zeeland.

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 23 March 2021 15:51

Automated Machine Systems plans $1.5M expansion in Jenison

JENISON — An Ottawa County company that specializes in designing and manufacturing wooden pallet and container handling equipment plans to expand its facility.

Published in Manufacturing

Tuesday, 09 March 2021 15:15

Conveyor Concepts of Michigan plans expansion to Coopersville facility

A Coopersville-based manufacturer of structural steel and material handling equipment plans to expand its headquarters.

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 17 February 2021 13:56

State awards nearly 6,000 businesses with COVID-19 relief grants

State officials announced today that nearly 6,000 Michigan businesses have received grant funding totaling $52.5 million under a COVID-19 relief program signed into law late last year.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 05 February 2021 15:47

Harbor Steel & Supply plans $2.4 million expansion to its Holland Twp. facility

HOLLAND TWP. — Harbor Steel & Supply Corp. will be investing $2.4 million into expanding one of the four locations that it operates in West Michigan.


Sunday, 31 January 2021 18:14

Efforts underway to improve broadband access in Ottawa, Kent counties

Ottawa County expects to have a better understanding later this year of exactly where gaps exist locally for broadband internet service so it can begin to address the issue.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 03 January 2021 15:24

Thelen to lead The Right Place amid economic development ‘inflection point’

GRAND RAPIDS — Randy Thelen describes the COVID-19 pandemic as an “inflection point” that can shift the course of economic development in West Michigan.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 29 December 2020 16:05

Tantrick Brewing unveils new production, taproom plans in downtown Allegan

ALLEGAN — In addition to dealing with the massive disruptions to her business brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Tanya Schafer is also juggling two construction projects.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Friday, 18 December 2020 09:25

The Right Place selects Randy Thelen as new CEO

GRAND RAPIDS — Former Lakeshore Advantage CEO Randy Thelen is returning to West Michigan to lead regional economic development firm The Right Place Inc.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 17 December 2020 14:42

Perrigo seeks $4.1M in tax incentives for planned GR headquarters; Holland expansion moves forward

GRAND RAPIDS — Perrigo Co. plc is seeking a 12-year incentive agreement estimated at $4.1 million in total property tax savings for its plans to relocate its North American headquarters to downtown.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 25 October 2020 18:42

Startups in the time of COVID: Entrepreneurs launching businesses this year discuss pandemic setbacks, successes

With widespread wedding and formal school dance cancelations during the pandemic, Archie Sudue’s newly opened men’s suit shop has been struggling.

Published in Small Business

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 13:42

State COVID-19 relief grants reach thousands of West Michigan small businesses

Thousands of small businesses across West and Southwest Michigan have received grant funding from a state COVID-19 relief program.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 30 August 2020 17:26

Biz groups back new Holland LGBTQ anti-discrimination ordinance

HOLLAND — Business leaders and elected officials in Holland say the city’s recently approved anti-discrimination ordinance codifying protections for the LGBTQ community will be beneficial for retaining and attracting talent.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 10 August 2020 15:30

Thousands seek small biz pandemic relief grants in West Michigan

Nearly 4,000 small businesses across a 13-county region of West Michigan have applied for state pandemic relief grants.

Published in Small Business

Wednesday, 15 July 2020 04:54

State launches $115M grant program for small biz, agriculture relief

A pair of state grant funds totaling $115 million launches today as another source of financial assistance for small businesses hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Small Business
Thursday, 11 June 2020 12:52

MEDC awards $4.3M in COVID-19 relief loans

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. has awarded $4.3 million in low-interest relief loans to 74 small businesses statewide affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Small Business
Thursday, 14 May 2020 12:27

Lakeshore clean energy firm secures $250K accelerator grant

HOLLAND — Jolt Energy Storage Technologies LLC has received $250,000 to further advance its utility-scale energy storage solutions.

Published in Energy

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