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Displaying items by tag: The Right Place Inc

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, 29 August 2021 18:00

Amid growth, Dematic shifts focus to automation as pandemic exposes new customer needs

GRAND RAPIDS — As an executive at a global company serving firms in the e-commerce, logistics and warehousing spaces, Mike Larsson has noticed the needs of his customers change dramatically over the last year.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 29 August 2021 16:35

Faith-based care provider eyes future growth beyond latest Newaygo expansion

A new medical office in Newaygo could become the start of a far broader expansion across Michigan and perhaps nationally for Christian Healthcare Centers Inc.

Published in Health Care

Sunday, 29 August 2021 16:50

Latest Census findings play vital role for West Michigan economic developers

New U.S. Census findings that show some of the state’s strongest population growth is occurring in West Michigan provide an opportunity to help attract talent during an ongoing labor shortage.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 25 August 2021 14:51

Gen3 Defense & Aerospace, Blackmer receive state support for manufacturing expansions

Two Grand Rapids area manufacturers have secured state grants to support expansion plans.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 15 August 2021 18:05

Auto suppliers fight to keep workforce on the job despite order slowdown, delays

Choosing whether to issue temporary layoffs is one of many decisions Pat Greene has had to contend with as the head of Cascade Die Casting Group Inc.

Published in Manufacturing

Friday, 30 July 2021 14:36

West Michigan organizations to partner on Industry 4.0 workshops for companies

A partnership among West Michigan organizations supporting advanced manufacturing has announced an opportunity for area companies to learn more about Industry 4.0.

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 20 July 2021 13:57

West Michigan employers report stable or increasing sales despite ongoing talent, supply chain challenges

  Employers in West Michigan have recovered relatively well from the depths of the economic hit from the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions, according to economic development organization The Right Place Inc.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 14 July 2021 16:32

Logistics, data security company breaks ground on $2.8M project in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS — Logistics and data security company MCPc Inc. broke ground today on its $2.8 million facility that’s expected to bring at least 75 new and existing jobs to the city’s Madison Square neighborhood. 

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
Monday, 21 June 2021 12:56

Storage manufacturing company investing $65M in new Walker facility

WALKER — Storage system manufacturer Speedrack Products Group Ltd. is expanding its Michigan operations with a nearly $65 million investment Walker.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 20 June 2021 18:50

Manufacturing veteran starts recruiting firm to meet industry’s talent needs

BYRON CENTER — As a veteran of the machine and cutting tools industry, Jeff Swift launched Swift Placement and Consulting this month to meet the talent needs of a niche manufacturing segment.

Published in Manufacturing

Tuesday, 08 June 2021 14:52

The Right Place launches ‘Diverse Business Directory’ of West Michigan companies

GRAND RAPIDS — The Right Place Inc. has published a new digital database of businesses owned by people of color, women, veterans and people in the LGBTQ community operating in a 13-county region of West Michigan. 

Published in Economic Development
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
Sunday, 23 May 2021 18:15

Employers embrace more flexible workplaces as in-person restrictions lift

The lifting of Michigan’s in-person work restrictions is a light at the end of the tunnel for remote workers eager to get back to the office, while others are hoping flexible work settings will stick long term.


Sunday, 09 May 2021 18:00

Municipalities and organizations play catch-up on diversity, equity and inclusion as minority business leaders seek resources

It’s been a year since social media timelines were filled with Black Lives Matter hashtags, messages of solidarity with people of color, and promises to address racism as organizations responded to the national racial justice movement.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 09 May 2021 17:20

Michigan VC industry focuses on cultivating more diversity in staff, investments

Michigan’s venture capital industry made modest strides in the last few years to create greater diversity within its ranks and in the number of startups run by women or minorities that receive investments.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 25 April 2021 17:15

Evolving technology melds generations in skilled trades, though talent gap looms

Ryan Bennett used to be bothered by apprentices staring at their phones while on the job. Now, he lets it slide.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 14 March 2021 18:30

GRAM raises profile with vaccine contract, eyes growth

GRAND RAPIDS — Producing Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine propels Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing Inc.’s growth while giving business advocates a showpiece when promoting the region.

Published in Health Care
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, 12 February 2021 17:00

‘Landmark project,’ collaboration brings Perrigo headquarters to Medical Mile

Local economic development leaders have long sought to bring a global headquarters to downtown Grand Rapids, and it will soon become a reality as  Perrigo Co. plc moves its North American corporate offices to the Medical Mile.

Published in Economic Development

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, 31 January 2021 18:29

Economic development leadership changes could lend ‘fresh eyes’ to mission

West Michigan economic development organizations are in a transition period — much like the industry itself during the COVID-19 pandemic — as multiple agencies take on new leadership.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 31 January 2021 15:56

Diversity-focused VC fund garners widespread attention, even before making initial investment

GRAND RAPIDS — The West Michigan venture capital fund that intends to invest in growing, minority-owned businesses has garnered attention from interested parties who want to replicate the model elsewhere in the U.S.

Published in Finance

Tuesday, 26 January 2021 13:44

GR-based VC fund targeting minority-owned companies raises $8.5M in first year

GRAND RAPIDS — The venture capital fund formed a year ago in Grand Rapids to invest in minority-owned businesses has netted $8.5 million in commitments from investors and aims to hit $10 million this year.

Published in Finance
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
Sunday, 20 December 2020 18:05

Post-pandemic supply chain shifts could boost state’s industrial economy

Michigan’s economy could stand to benefit in the years ahead as manufacturers move to reshore work to the U.S. after dealing with severe disruptions in their foreign supply chains when the coronavirus first surfaced in China.

Published in Economic Development

Tuesday, 15 December 2020 11:17

West Michigan Hispanic Chamber receives $100,000 Bank of America grant to help Latinx businesses

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will use a $100,000 grant from Bank of America to help businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Small Business
Thursday, 10 December 2020 14:06

Manufacturing expected to continue leading West Michigan’s economic recovery

GRAND RAPIDS — West Michigan’s economy sits well positioned heading into 2021 to continue recovering jobs lost from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, experts said this week.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 22 November 2020 17:00

Manufacturers deploy recruiting, certification strategies to bolster workforce

Talent gaps and workforce shortages are two issues that have dogged the manufacturing industry for years, pushing Michigan companies and their supporting organizations to develop a more robust talent pipeline in Michigan.

Published in Manufacturing

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