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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Member-based nonprofits bolster efforts to deliver aid to minority-owned businesses
When the coronavirus pandemic hit eight months ago, many Latinx and Black business owners missed out on federal loans and other relief because they didn’t have relationships with local bankers or didn’t have financial statements in order.
Perrigo CEO sees Grand Rapids Medical Mile as potential ‘Silicon Valley of self-care’
GRAND RAPIDS — Executives at Perrigo Co. plc believe the company’s new North American headquarters will fit in neatly with the city of Grand Rapids’ burgeoning health care sector along Medical Mile.
Panel: Rural broadband development should mirror electric grid build-out
Michigan and the nation need the same kind of concerted effort to deploy broadband internet access as 90 years ago when America set out to electrify rural areas following the Great Depression, economic developers say.
Business, community leaders reflect on ‘giant in our community’ Peter Secchia
Business and community leaders on Wednesday remembered Peter Secchia as a business leader and generous philanthropist who helped to shape West Michigan over the past several decades.
Convention center expansion, amphitheater, soccer stadium are Grand Action’s new priorities
GRAND RAPIDS — The business group that pushed several major developments over the past 25 years is now focused on a downtown convention center expansion, an amphitheater and a professional soccer stadium.