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Displaying items by tag: The Right Place Inc

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 08:00

The Right Place eyes $500 million capital investment in new 3-year strategic plan

As the nation’s political and macroeconomic climate changes, The Right Place Inc. says it needs to adapt how it measures its impact.

Published in Breaking News
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 14:00

Poultry Management Systems invests $2M in Lowell expansion

An increasing appetite for cage-free eggs among consumers will result in a $2 million expansion project for Poultry Management Systems Inc.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 22 January 2017 17:09

MiBiz Growth Report: Jan. 23, 2017

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Jan. 23, 2017.

• M&A: Bryan Betten and Chris Baker, two veteran West Michigan dealership executives, have acquired Grand Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Lowell from former owner Harvey Koning. Betten-Baker is in the process of acquiring the remaining Grand Auto Family Services Inc. dealerships owned by Koning, which include facilities in Grandville, Allegan and Lowell, said Pete Ricards, division director at Betten-Baker. The company also is acquiring a Big Rapids-based GMC dealership from Gary Trimarco Automotive group, but is waiting on manufacturer approval from General Motors to complete both deals. 

Published in Breaking News

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 14:00

NVINT Services invests $364,000 in expansion project

NVINT Services LLC plans to invest $364,000 in a facility expansion project that will allow the West Michigan technology company to adhere to its “aggressive growth trajectory” and meet customer demands.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 08 January 2017 15:21

Oil and gas spurs renewed optimism among West Michigan manufacturers

After a strong 2016, most West Michigan manufacturers are looking ahead to this year with optimism that they will continue to grow as the economy expands. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 25 December 2016 17:21

Right Place CEO Klohs takes ‘wait-and-see’ approach to new administration

In 2016, The Right Place Inc. attracted $240.6 million in new capital investment through 19 projects across West Michigan. Although the Grand Rapids-based economic development organization fell short of its three-year goals for jobs and payroll growth, President and CEO Birgit Klohs remains optimistic about Michigan’s economy. Klohs expects to attract more high-tech jobs and industries to the state while continuing to work with companies to find available talent in the region. Klohs discussed with MiBiz some of the issues that West Michigan employers and economic development professionals will face in the coming year. 

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 25 December 2016 20:36

Despite uncertainty, talent concerns, manufacturers remain bullish on economy

Even with the underlying uncertainty caused by the presidential election, West Michigan manufacturers remain generally optimistic about the year ahead. 

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 14:00

Blackford Capital-owned Custom Profile brings out-of-state acquisition to Walker

After acquiring Wisconsin-based Bemis Manufacturing Company in October, Custom Profile Inc. will now relocated the company’s operations to West Michigan.

Published in Breaking News
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 14:00

Danish fabric manufacturer to establish first North American facility in Grand Rapids

Gabriel North America, a manufacturer of upholstery fabrics based in Denmark, plans to open its first North American sales and manufacturing office in Grand Rapids.

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 04 December 2016 20:00

Franklin Partners to lead development at former GM Stamping Plant known as Site 36

Stakeholders looking to redevelop one of West Michigan’s most storied industrial sites and attract high-quality manufacturing jobs have brought on a new partner.

Published in Breaking News
Thursday, 17 November 2016 12:26

North Central Co-op to invest $10.1M in Newaygo County facility

North Central Co-op will invest $10.1 million in an expansion project at its feed mill in Newaygo County.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 30 October 2016 15:55

Commerce derailed: Fight over 3.3 miles of railroad track hampers business in West Michigan

When Brink Farms Inc. began construction on a rail yard off Turner Avenue in northwest Grand Rapids in 2014, the Hamilton-based bulk transportation firm hoped to alleviate capacity constraints and better serve customers shipping cargo south through the city. 

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 16 October 2016 19:27

MiBiz Growth Report: Oct. 17, 2016

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Oct. 17, 2016: 
• M&A: Grand Rapids-based Ranir LLC, a manufacturer of a variety of oral care products, has acquired Toronto-based BrushPoint, a maker of toothbrushes. In the deal, for which terms were not disclosed, Ranir will increase its product offerings and distribution footprint in the U.S., Canada and Europe. The BrushPoint acquisition comes on the heels of a deal in July of this year in which Ranir purchased the Rembrandt teeth-whitening brand from Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. Last month, the company also said it had purchased the 200,000-square-foot facility at 4701 East Paris Ave. SE where it had been a tenant for 20 years.

Published in Breaking News
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 14:00

IP Consulting invests nearly $700,000 in Kentwood facility

A West Michigan information technology firm specializing in cyber security, network infrastructure and other services plans to upgrade its facility in Kentwood.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 02 October 2016 13:21

Major developments could get funding boost under proposed incentives

To help make Michigan more attractive for large-scale real estate developments, lawmakers want to give developers new options to help fund their projects.


Sunday, 04 September 2016 02:40

Market shifts favor new industrial redevelopment

WYOMING — Stu Kingma often fields multiple phone calls per month from people interested in redeveloping Site 36, one of West Michigan’s most storied former industrial sites.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 20:00

Advanced manufacturing jobs continue to grow in Grand Rapids, albeit slower

Advanced industries continue to drive employment growth in Grand Rapids in the face of talent constraints.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 07 August 2016 13:45

MiBiz Growth Report: Aug. 8, 2016

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Aug. 8, 2016. 

• M&A: Grand Rapids-based architecture firm Progressive AE Inc. has acquired Charlotte, N.C.-based AI Design Group Inc., according to a statement. The new company will be headquartered in Grand Rapids and leadership will remain the same, according to a statement. AI Design will now be referred to as a Progressive AE company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Published in Breaking News

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 14:54

West Michigan seeks to ease talent constraints by attracting laid off workers from Dow

Dow Chemical Co.’s decision to shave 700 workers from its workforce in Midland may prove beneficial for West Michigan manufacturers struggling to fill their talent needs.

Published in Breaking News
Friday, 24 June 2016 14:21

Persistent uncertainty over Brexit, EU’s future could affect West Michigan companies

The Right Place Inc. President and CEO Birgit Klohs has one word to describe her reaction to the United Kingdom’s decision yesterday to leave the European Union: Disappointment.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 12 June 2016 15:29

Michigan Tech, MSU partner to drive development in state’s forestry industry

consortium of academics, government officials and industry leaders wants to refocus the state on wood products and create a hub for bio-materials produced from Michigan’s forests.

Published in Economic Development

Wednesday, 08 June 2016 14:00

DornerWorks to invest $1.3M to expand West Michigan operation

West Michigan technology firm, DornerWorks Ltd. plans to beef up its Grand Rapids operation through a $1.3 million investment.

Published in Breaking News
Friday, 03 June 2016 13:45

Reporter’s Notebook: Concurrent crises cast pall over Mackinac Policy Conference

A looming cloud hung over this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference, and it wasn’t left over from Wednesday’s rain. The majority of the approximately 1,500 attendees at the annual retreat hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber were laser-focused on two issues the state would rather not be known for: the legislative budget fight for the nearly-bankrupt Detroit Public Schools (DPS) and the ongoing Flint water crisis.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 29 May 2016 11:11

Going 3-D: Manufacturers say tech drives sustainability, revenue

West Michigan office furniture manufacturers could soon be incorporating scrap wood into the production of their products through a new partnership with Michigan Technological University.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 15 May 2016 10:30

Kent County to explore sustainable business park at Byron Center landfill

BYRON CENTER — West Michigan could become a hub for innovative waste processing companies in the coming years.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 01 May 2016 11:59

Rerouting trains through Kalamazoo could speed Amtrak travel to Chicago for GR riders

Investments in rail infrastructure eventually will expedite the time it takes for Amtrak passengers to commute from Kalamazoo to Chicago, potentially cutting travel times by a half hour. 

Sunday, 03 April 2016 15:34

Economic developers increase focus on growing West Michigan’s rural communities

As Michigan’s industries have evolved over the years, so too have the roles economic developers play when it comes to helping businesses grow and expand in communities across the state.  

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 20 March 2016 17:48

Economic developers prioritize educating legislators to keep West Michigan competitive

The budget cuts at the state’s economic development organization have forced industry executives in West Michigan to adjust their tactics. 

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 07 March 2016 13:38

Swoboda Inc. invests over $15 million in Kentwood expansion

Swoboda Inc., a manufacturer of electronic components for the automotive industry, plans to invest $15.1 million in a new expansion project at its Kentwood facility.

Published in Breaking News
Friday, 04 March 2016 13:27

Michigan economic developers troubled by Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric on presidential campaign trail

Michigan economic developers say the “incendiary” rhetoric coming from one U.S. presidential candidate in particular has created an unwelcoming environment for many skilled workers and could chill prospects for foreign investment in Michigan and beyond.

Published in Breaking News

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