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Displaying items by tag: The Right Place Inc

Thursday, 16 May 2019 14:00

Cybersecurity firm VDA Labs to establish HQ campus in Plainfield Township

Vulnerability Discovery & Analysis Labs LLC, a Grand Rapids-based cybersecurity firm, is opening a new headquarters at 5234 Plainfield Ave. NE.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 14:00

Feyen Zylstra plans $5.3M expansion in Walker

WALKER — Industrial technology and electrical services firm Feyen Zylstra LLC plans to invest $5.3 million in a new facility in Walker.

Sunday, 10 March 2019 20:56

Kent County, The Right Place partner on sustainable business park

GRAND RAPIDS — The Kent County Department of Public Works and The Right Place Inc. have announced a development partnership for the Kent County Sustainable Business Park. The Department of Public Works announced last year it was issuing a request for information to seek potential tenants for the proposed business park on about 200 acres that it owns in Byron Township and Allegan County, adjacent to its South Kent Landfill.

Published in Economic Development

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 14:45

Bissell to invest $10 million to expand HQ in Walker

Floor care product company Bissell Inc. plans to invest $10 million into an expansion project at its corporate headquarters.

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 14:00

Andronaco Industries to relocate Oklahoma subsidiary to Kentwood

Manufacturing holding company Andronaco Industries Inc. plans to relocate its Conley Composites LLC subsidiary from Oklahoma to a new location in Kent County.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 17 February 2019 17:36

Redefining skills may be the key to filling the gap

Recent research has indicated the so-called skills gap of the past decade may have been associated more with expectations of employers than the qualifications of the workforce. Millions of jobs were lost in the U.S. during the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009, and for years after the economic decline officially yielded, high unemployment rates persisted. Even with large pools of job seekers, employers reported difficulty in finding candidates with acceptable skills, credentialing or postsecondary education. Many experts dubbed the phenomenon a “skills gap.”

Published in Talent

Friday, 01 February 2019 12:49

REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: Attracting young workers from outside GR remains a priority

Marketing Grand Rapids as a place for young people to live and work is becoming increasingly important to the local economy.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 20 January 2019 23:38

Lack of broadband access threatens rural manufacturers’ ability to compete

As Larry Lewis advanced in his career as an engineer in the manufacturing, construction and telecommunications industries, he relied on computers as an essential tool for his everyday work. His aptitude grew alongside the technology, to which he was first exposed at Dartmouth College in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 16 January 2019 13:56

Grand Rapids PE firm to relocate Ohio production to Wyoming

WYOMING — A Cleveland-based producer of specialty abrasive products plans to move part of its business to the Grand Rapids area after it was acquired by local private equity firm Stone Fox Ventures LLC.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 06 January 2019 10:27

Q&A: Rich Chapla, Rick Chapla Consulting LLC

After 22 years with The Right Place Inc., Rick Chapla has stepped down and moves into the next phase of his career. Chapla focused on behind-the-scenes efforts to help public and private sector projects become reality, often serving as a conduit for connecting people. Chapla, who got his start in planning and economic development in Muskegon more than three and a half decades ago, spoke with MiBiz about how West Michigan has changed throughout the years and what he has planned next. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 23 December 2018 19:26

Crystal Ball 2019 Manufacturing Outlook: Headwinds, talent challenges tamp down forecast for manufacturing sector

Whether the West Michigan manufacturing industry continues on an ongoing growth trend in 2019 or veers into a contraction remains uncertain. Economist Paul Isely, associate dean for undergraduate programs in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University, uses automotive, furniture, agriculture, and “amazingly nowadays” aerospace manufacturing to find the pulse of where the region’s economy is headed in the coming months and years. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 23 December 2018 15:47

Crystal Ball 2019 Michigan Economic Outlook: Forecasts show continued but slower growth as Michigan nears record period of expansion

Michigan’s economy will see slower economic and employment growth in 2019 amid the ongoing tight labor market and less U.S. economic growth, economists say.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 23 December 2018 15:29

Crystal Ball 2019 Economic Outlook: National economy enters late states of expansion, economists say

Robert Dye views 2019 as a “transitional year” for the U.S. economy as a trio of forces align to moderate growth during the year.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 23 December 2018 15:25

Crystal Ball 2019 Outlook Q&A: Birgit Klohs, The Right Place

Change is inevitable in government and in business. Just ask The Right Place President and CEO Birgit Klohs, who next year will have worked in economic development during the terms of five different Michigan governors. Still, with all the uncertainty surrounding international trade and politics, now is not the time to wreak havoc on the state’s economic development policies, she said. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 16 December 2018 18:55

Second phase of MSU’s Grand Rapids Research Center to help bring innovation to market

GRAND RAPIDS — Dr. Norman Beauchamp hopes a new innovation center at the Michigan State University Grand Rapids Research Center downtown will help get clinical discoveries to patients faster.


Sunday, 09 December 2018 16:06

WalkerView continues growth spurt as industrial vacancy remains low

WALKER — Falk North America Inc. is the latest company to plan a move into WalkerView Industrial Park. 

Sunday, 25 November 2018 20:46

Med device makers look ahead to growth despite regulatory challenges

West Michigan’s medical device manufacturers are reaching a tipping point. The region’s fledgling industry has begun to mature, especially around contract manufacturing, which draws on the legacy of industrial knowledge across West Michigan.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 25 November 2018 19:03

MiBiz Growth Report: Nov. 26, 2018

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Nov. 26, 2018.

Published in Articles

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:57

German tech firm to open Grand Rapids office

GRAND RAPIDS — AUVESY GmbH, a German-based provider of data management software for industrial automation, plans to make West Michigan its home base for expansion into the U.S.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 11 November 2018 21:45

Michigan first of Midwest states to legalize recreational marijuana

Proponents of statewide and local ballot initiatives went four-for-four on election night, establishing a new process for drawing legislative districts, increasing access to voting and dedicating funding for early childhood development in Kent County.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 11 November 2018 21:23

West Michigan manufacturers must plan ahead to avoid automation missteps, experts say

While many companies adopt automation to improve factory efficiency and equipment uptime, some West Michigan-based experts warn that improperly implemented technology can cost businesses in the long run.

Published in Manufacturing

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 16:08

Four West Michigan companies investing $110.3 million in expansions land state incentives

Four business expansions in West Michigan that will collectively generate $110.3 million in investment and create more than 280 jobs earned state incentives today.

Saturday, 13 October 2018 17:47

Regional planning needed as West Michigan grows, economic developers say

As the West Michigan region continues to grow, many people wonder where it could be headed in the next decade.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 28 September 2018 20:03

Growing Up: Food processors play ‘significant role’ in West Michigan economy

West Michigan’s growing food processing industry continues to develop, spurred on by the region’s strong agricultural supply chain, access to water and sufficient infrastructure capacity.

Published in Manufacturing

Friday, 28 September 2018 19:50

Report: Immigrants contribute $3.3 billion to Kent County economy

Immigrants now living in Kent County are making a significant impact on the local economy.

Published in Breaking News
Friday, 21 September 2018 16:11

As Industry 4.0 takes hold, manufacturers struggle with where to begin

Pick up a manufacturing-oriented trade publication these days, and you’ll probably encounter a deluge of material on the latest 3D printers, collaborative robots or new industrial technology that falls under the wide umbrella of Industry 4.0.

Published in Sponsored content
Friday, 31 August 2018 20:48

JUST SAY NO? Despite legal framework, West Michigan economic developers avoid marijuana business

In politically conservative Calhoun County, Scott Fleming embraces the economic potential of legal marijuana businesses.

Published in Economic Development

Saturday, 21 July 2018 10:48

Manufacturers invest in cybersecurity to protect intellectual property

By making a significant investment in cybersecurity, West Michigan manufacturers can avoid having their sensitive information getting into the wrong hands. 

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 11:16

Right Place signs partnership with Oceana County

The Right Place Inc. has entered into a three-year contract to provide economic development services to Oceana County.

Published in Breaking News
Wednesday, 27 June 2018 13:23

Ford announces City of Tomorrow mobility pilot project in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is one of three cities nationally to be selected for a pilot program from Ford Motor Co. aimed at addressing the transportation needs of today and in the future.

Published in Breaking News

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