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Friday, 20 May 2022 12:55

Holland medical device manufacturer expanding to new location

HOLLAND TWP. — A company that manufactures spine, joint, extremity, cardiology and vascular models for the medical device industry is moving to a new and larger location.

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 18 May 2022 20:10

Companies reveal new air travel technology, devices at GR airport

CASCADE TWP. — The first cohort of companies to receive grants through an air travel technology development program have revealed the fruits of their labor, including a self-driving wheelchair, an advanced flying security camera and a complete 3D model of Gerald R. Ford International Airport. 

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 17 May 2022 17:27

Former Herman Miller exec launches ergonomics-focused office furniture products

After serving nearly three decades as director of seating and ergonomics product management for Herman Miller Inc., Keith McRobert has leveraged his knowledge and experience into a new venture.

Published in Manufacturing

Monday, 16 May 2022 12:42

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: West Michigan food producers on front lines of formula shortage

Four food manufacturing companies with operations in West Michigan are on the front lines of the ongoing baby formula shortage that is causing significant challenges for families with infants.

Published in Manufacturing
Friday, 13 May 2022 13:50

West Michigan food manufacturers playing outsized role in baby formula shortage

West Michigan is playing a major role in the ongoing U.S. baby formula shortage as producers fall in the center of a product recall or are ramping up production to help meet consumer needs.

Published in Manufacturing
Thursday, 12 May 2022 16:36

Huizenga Group acquires Churchill Technologies as automation M&A heats up

West Michigan manufacturing automation firm Churchill Technologies LLC has been sold amid what local advisers describe as a “red hot” sector for M&A.

Published in Manufacturing


Monday, 09 May 2022 17:23

UFP Industries affiliate acquires Iowa plastic recycler for $17M

GRAND RAPIDS TWP. — Wood products and building materials manufacturer UFP Industries Inc. announced that it has purchased an Iowa-based plastic recycler.

Published in Manufacturing
Monday, 09 May 2022 15:32

State opens applications for $3M in Industry 4.0 support grants

Manufacturers throughout Michigan can now apply for grant funding to help cover costs associated with adopting Industry 4.0 technologies.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 08 May 2022 18:00

Manufacturers ramp up reshoring to avoid supply chain setbacks

Facing widespread supply chain disruptions over the past two years, manufacturers across the U.S. are increasingly sourcing components closer to home to bolster resilience and ensure product reliability.

Published in Manufacturing

Friday, 29 April 2022 12:03

Stryker records Q1 sales growth despite supply chain, hospital staffing challenges

KALAMAZOO — Stryker Corp. recorded a solid first-quarter sales gain despite supply chain issues and staffing shortages at hospitals that delayed the installation of capital medical equipment.

Published in Manufacturing
Thursday, 28 April 2022 16:16

$120M federal contract positions Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing for further growth

GRAND RAPIDS — A $120 million investment by the federal government will fund a large share of the cost for Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing Inc.’s latest expansion.

Published in Manufacturing
Monday, 25 April 2022 20:00

Gentex Q1 earnings drop while combating inflation, supply chain delays

ZEELAND — Tier 1 automotive supplier Gentex Corp. continued to absorb blows from a volatile market as its first quarter earnings for 2022 sank below last year’s during the same period.

Published in Manufacturing


Sunday, 24 April 2022 17:50

Building suppliers boom as homeowners focus on renovations

Against the backdrop of low nationwide home inventories, many homeowners are deciding to hunker down and invest in home repair and remodeling projects.

Published in Manufacturing
Thursday, 21 April 2022 13:52

Auto parts manufacturer Kenona Industries plans Walker expansion amid growth

WALKER — City officials have approved automotive parts manufacturer Kenona Industries Inc.’s plan for a new 90,500-square-foot industrial building adjacent to the company’s current location south of I-96. 

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 20 April 2022 13:58

Amway sales rebounded in 2021 following COVID disruption, layoffs

ADA — Sales last year for multi-level marketing heavyweight Amway Corp. increased slightly from 2020, anchored by its popular brand of vitamins, minerals and dietary supplements.

Published in Manufacturing

Monday, 18 April 2022 15:40

Muskegon Co. fluid mixing equipment manufacturer plans $6.1M expansion to support growth

WHITEHALL TWP. — Fusion Fluid Equipment LLC, a manufacturer of fluid mixing equipment, plans to invest $6.1 million to expand and double the size of its northern Muskegon County facility.

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 13 April 2022 17:46

Tribally owned GLI takes full operating control of technology firm with new investment

GRAND RAPIDS — Gun Lake Investments assumed full operating control through a new investment in Dallas, Texas-based Hall Technologies LLC, a designer and producer of professional audio/visual systems. 

Published in Finance
Sunday, 10 April 2022 18:28

Kentwood manufacturer’s bankruptcy filing highlights industry swings

KENTWOOD — A Grand Rapids-area manufacturing group that made recent and significant investments in the casino gaming machine industry has filed for bankruptcy after accumulating more than $10 million in debt.

Published in Manufacturing

Friday, 08 April 2022 11:45

Impact Fab to invest $4.6M in Holland Charter Township expansion

HOLLAND CHARTER TWP. — Custom metal fabricator Impact Fabrication Inc. plans to expand its existing facility near Holland.

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 06 April 2022 13:01

Blackford Capital water sports portfolio company makes second recent add-on acquisition

Aqua-Leisure Recreation LLC, a portfolio company of Grand Rapids private equity firm Blackford Capital, acquired Longwood, Fla.-based INYO Pool Products LLC, a brand of swimming pool supply, repair and maintenance products.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 03 April 2022 17:02

After string of acquisitions, Kentwood manufacturing group files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy

KENTWOOD — A Grand Rapids-area manufacturing group that made significant investments in the casino gaming machine industry has filed for bankruptcy after accumulating more than $10 million in debt.

Published in Manufacturing

Friday, 01 April 2022 13:57

Koops to acquire Saginaw firm as automation demand remains strong

HOLLAND — A West Michigan automation company is expanding with a new acquisition as demand for services remains strong during severe workforce shortages.

Published in Manufacturing
Thursday, 31 March 2022 16:19

Tool and die, aviation companies plan Southwest Michigan expansions

Michigan economic development officials have approved performance-based grants for two companies planning $34 million in combined investments to create 77 jobs in Battle Creek and Benton Harbor Township.

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 30 March 2022 14:33

MillerKnoll posts quarterly sales growth amid supply chain, global conflict disruptions

ZEELAND — Global furniture maker MillerKnoll Inc. has encountered increased demand in its contract and residential business segments, fighting through market pressures to deliver on the influx of orders.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 27 March 2022 18:52

‘HERE TO STAY’: Furniture makers accelerate e-commerce options during pandemic

Prior to 2020, Holland-based furniture maker Haworth Inc. had just one or two team members overseeing the company’s entire e-commerce segment.

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 22 March 2022 10:56

LG Energy Solution plans $1.7B Holland expansion to manufacture EV battery components

HOLLAND — LG Energy Solution Michigan Inc. is planning a $1.7 billion lithium ion battery manufacturing expansion on vacant land the company owns in Holland, officials announced today.

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 16 March 2022 10:44

Lighting and furniture maker Roll & Hill announces $1.5M expansion in Wyoming

WYOMING — West Michigan’s “rich tradition of furniture making” has helped lure high-end lighting and furniture maker Roll & Hill to build a second manufacturing facility in Wyoming.

Published in Manufacturing

Thursday, 10 March 2022 14:13

Auxo Investment Partners acquires California wire and cable assembly firm

Grand Rapids investment firm Auxo Investment Partners has acquired Golden State Assembly Inc., a wire and cable assembly and harness manufacturer based in Fremont, Calif.

Published in Manufacturing
Thursday, 10 March 2022 09:47

‘LONG TIME COMING’: Franklin Partners purchases 74-acre Site 36 in Wyoming for future industrial redevelopment

WYOMING — Franklin Partners LLC has purchased the sprawling former General Motors stamping plant in Wyoming known as Site 36 for $5.25 million and plans to build a new industrial development on the property.

Tuesday, 08 March 2022 17:47

Schupan & Sons acquires Iowa materials recycler

KALAMAZOO — Family-owned materials recycler Schupan & Sons Inc. has acquired a Midwest-based recycler, company officials announced.

Published in Manufacturing

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