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Displaying items by tag: The Right Place Inc

Monday, 23 March 2020 08:08

Everything Begins with Design

When it comes to manufacturing, a low-cost product does not have to be synonymous with a low-quality product. That was a main takeaway from a recent webinar hosted by the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West, MiBiz  and The Right Place. The webinar on Design for Manufacturing and Assembly — often referred to as DFMA — brought together West Michigan manufacturing executives to discuss the importance of intentional product design in manufacturing. 

Published in Sponsored content
Friday, 13 March 2020 14:33

Laser Access acquired, plans $1.6 million expansion

GRAND RAPIDS — Laser cutting service Laser Access LLC is under new ownership and plans to expand its facility in Walker. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 15 March 2020 17:45

Spectrum Health venture capital arm adds ‘buy local’ focus

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health Ventures LLC’s latest investment follows a new corporate strategy from its parent health system to buy locally more often.

Published in Health Care

Sunday, 15 March 2020 15:30

Economic, community development officials call for action to raise wages

significant and expanding group of people in Michigan are working but still not bringing home a paycheck big enough to cover their basic expenses. 

Published in Nonprofits
Monday, 09 March 2020 09:54

Grand Action relaunches to focus on transformational projects in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Action, the business group that pushed some of the largest downtown developments over the last 25 years, plans to resume operations with new leadership.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 01 March 2020 18:10

Newaygo County working on development opportunities

Situated about 35 miles north of Grand Rapids, Newaygo County is a mostly rural area of Michigan that boasts an abundance of natural resources, but struggles with infrastructure. 


Sunday, 01 March 2020 15:30

MSU to open satellite Conquer Accelerator in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS — A business accelerator in East Lansing wants to extend into Grand Rapids this fall to tap into the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and support more high-tech startups.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 16 February 2020 19:20

West Michigan aerospace suppliers manage through uncertainty

West Michigan-based suppliers of aerospace giant Boeing Co. continue to weigh their ability to bear higher costs during the company’s temporary suspension of production. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 16 February 2020 16:30

West Michigan communities leverage outdoor recreation in placemaking

Muskegon County officials are hoping the possible purchase of 377 acres of private land will increase the quality of life and help with talent attraction.

Published in Economic Development

Wednesday, 05 February 2020 12:31

The Right Place to prioritize wage growth, inclusion in new 3-year plan

GRAND RAPIDS — Regional economic development firm The Right Place Inc. will focus on new areas of economic opportunity over the next three years.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 02 February 2020 16:40

Backers hope new VC fund spurs more inclusive West Michigan economy

GRAND RAPIDS — The Right Place Inc.’s new venture capital fund plans to target investments toward an area of the economy where capital historically has flowed the least: startups and businesses owned by racial and ethnic minorities.

Published in Finance
Thursday, 23 January 2020 11:00

The Right Place plans new fund to invest up to $25 million in minority businesses

GRAND RAPIDS — Aiming to create greater ethnic and racial diversity in business ownership across the region, The Right Place Inc. teamed with Bank of America and the Consumers Energy Foundation to form a capital investment fund.

Published in Economic Development

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 14:47

Peterson Farms invests $22 million in expansion

SHELBY — Family-owned fruit processor Peterson Farms Inc. is expanding its operations in Oceana County, north of Muskegon. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 05 January 2020 17:04

MAKING THE CASE: Preserving local ownership a priority as West Michigan firms attract heightened PE interest

Locally owned and operated businesses are a unique asset to West Michigan’s economy, but that dynamic is changing as more owners opt to sell to private equity firms that have increasingly targeted the region for deals. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 22 December 2019 11:43

Manufacturing Outlook: West Michigan manufacturing could contract in 2020, economists say

If the long-promised economic downturn is on the horizon, manufacturers will be the first to feel it in 2020. That’s according to economists and industry experts who say the U.S. economy has become virtually split as it’s powered by confident consumers but weakened by a cautious business sector that is reducing investments and bracing for a contraction.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 22 December 2019 14:28

Michigan Economic Outlook: After ‘disappointing’ year, Michigan economy poised to grow in 2020

A combination of factors came together in 2019 to take a bite out of Michigan’s economy. The six-week General Motors strike, white-collar job cuts at GM and Ford early in 2019, a slowing manufacturing sector, and relatively flat auto sales collectively held back the state’s growth this year.

Published in Finance
Monday, 28 October 2019 12:07

Aquest Machining plans $1.3 million expansion in Greenville

GREENVILLE — Manufacturer Aquest Machining & Assembly plans to invest an estimated $1.3 million into an expansion of its current location in Greenville.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 13 October 2019 15:00

Manufacturing indicators point to long-promised economic downturn

On top of ongoing trade disputes and the disruptive GM strike, two statistical gauges of the U.S. manufacturing industry hit new lows, leaving economists and manufacturers preparing for a meaningful economic shift from a decade of growth. 

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 13 October 2019 17:37

M&A Awards: Muskegon Area First transitions to private-sector model

With former CEO Jim Edmonson back at the helm and a new board of directors, Muskegon Area First has positioned itself for fiscal and programmatic growth to support Muskegon County’s economic development into the next decade.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 14:14

Ada software developer to double workforce as part of expansion

ADA — Software development firm Michigan Software Labs LLC expects to nearly double its headcount as part of an expansion at the company’s Ada location. 

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 28 August 2019 12:40

Grand Rapids airport announces $90M expansion

GRAND RAPIDS — A $90 million expansion at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport will aid in economic development in West Michigan, the airport authority board said Wednesday.

Published in Economic Development

Wednesday, 14 August 2019 12:50

West Michigan’s Manufacturers Council Celebrates 30 years of Collaboration, Innovation and Progress

When The Right Place, Inc. and a small group of local companies formed the Manufacturers Council in 1989, they united under a banner of collaboration and mutual trust. Now, 30 years later, The Right Place | The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center – West’s Manufacturers Council serves as a vast repository of industry knowledge and a cornerstone of the manufacturing sector in the region. Yet, despite its growth over the years, the council still retains its mission of encouraging collaboration and sharing best practices between manufacturers in West Michigan. 

Published in Sponsored content
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 10:05

Citing steel customers’ demands, HarbisonWalker invests $9M in Newaygo County expansion

WHITE CLOUD — Refractory product manufacturer HarbisonWalker International Inc. is investing $9 million to expand its plant in Newaygo County. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 07 July 2019 19:00

West Michigan manufacturers face widespread phishing, cybersecurity threats

“Please see attached.” That’s the email employees at Grand Rapids-based Kindel Furniture Co. Inc. received from a company vice president in late April. Within a few minutes, two people had tried to open the included attachment and replied back to the apparent sender that they were having trouble.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 07 July 2019 19:00

Wyoming remains patient with Site 36 redevelopment

WYOMING — A 92-acre shovel-ready industrial property sits empty about five miles south of downtown Grand Rapids, even amid a shortage of available manufacturing spaces across West Michigan.

Sunday, 07 July 2019 19:00

Bolstering West Michigan commuter transit would aid talent attraction, officials say

Officials studying commuter transit options between Grand Rapids and Holland are hoping to make West Michigan more competitive when it comes to talent attraction.

Sunday, 23 June 2019 19:00

Grand Rapids authority studies next steps for convention center hotel

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority has hired a consultant to lead the process of weighing concepts for developing a full-service hotel to serve the downtown convention center. 


Sunday, 09 June 2019 19:00

GR population tops 200K; West Michigan continues growth spurt

GRAND RAPIDS — Michigan’s second-largest city crossed the 200,000-person population milestone for the first time last summer, as communities along the western side of the state posted strong growth.

Published in Economic Development
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.


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