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Wednesday, 28 September 2022 17:51

After strong quarter, MillerKnoll forecasts slower sales and plans cost-cutting measures

ZEELAND — Despite strong sales in recent months, MillerKnoll Inc. executives forecast slower sales growth in the months ahead and are taking several measures to generate up to $35 million in cost savings.

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 27 September 2022 18:20

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Municipalities approve tax incentives for major battery manufacturing proposal

Local officials in Mecosta County on Monday night approved long-term tax incentives for a potential electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant eyed for the Big Rapids area.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 26 September 2022 21:39

Mecosta County, township officials approve 30-year Renaissance Zone incentive for potential battery project

BIG RAPIDS — A trio of Mecosta County municipalities have approved a 30-year tax incentive to help lure a multi-billion dollar electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility that promises more than 2,000 jobs.

Published in Manufacturing

Monday, 26 September 2022 11:31

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: ‘Transformational’ battery project eyed near Big Rapids

State and local economic development officials are in the process of luring a major Chinese electric vehicle battery manufacturer to Mecosta County that could result in thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investment over the next decade.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 25 September 2022 18:26

Next-gen ag producer seeds future growth in deal for West Michigan greenhouse

WYOMING — A national company at the forefront of next-generation agricultural practices is putting down roots in West Michigan after being lured to the region in part by its legacy of manufacturing innovation. 

Published in Manufacturing
Thursday, 22 September 2022 11:59

Steelcase execs attribute salaried job cuts to ‘dark clouds,’ slow adoption of hybrid work models

GRAND RAPIDS — Steelcase Inc.’s plan to eliminate up to 180 salaried positions this fall comes as the economy faces what CFO and Senior Vice President Dave Sylvester calls “dark clouds” and as the office furniture maker has experienced reduced incoming orders in recent weeks.

Published in Manufacturing


Wednesday, 21 September 2022 17:38

State awards $1.15M to 49 small manufacturers for Industry 4.0 technology adoption

Eight West Michigan companies will each receive $25,000 grants under a state program that helps small manufacturers adopt Industry 4.0 technologies.

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 21 September 2022 17:17

Steelcase to slash 180 salaried positions, citing current slump in new orders

GRAND RAPIDS — Citing a 20-percent decline in incoming orders during the first few weeks of its current quarter, Steelcase Inc. plans to cut up to 180 salaried positions and has reduced its quarterly dividend.

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 21 September 2022 10:06

Details emerge on ‘transformational’ Big Rapids battery manufacturing project

BIG RAPIDS — The Big Rapids area could experience a multi-billion dollar advanced battery manufacturing investment in the coming years, according to a recent media report confirming months of speculation about the project.

Published in Manufacturing

Tuesday, 20 September 2022 14:33

Italian RV, boat fixture manufacturer opening North American HQ in Cascade Township

CASCADE TWP. — An Italian manufacturer of luxury RV and boat fixtures plans to open its North American headquarters in Cascade Township with a $7.3 million investment that could create 130 jobs.

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 14 September 2022 09:01

PE-backed Kamps Inc. closes 3 deals in 30 days

WALKER — Pallet solutions firm Kamps Inc. has kicked its dealmaking into high gear over the last month, closing on acquisitions that expand the company’s footprint into Minnesota and deepen its presence in Florida.

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 13 September 2022 16:11

Shyft Group secures first pre-orders for electric delivery vans

The Shyft Group Inc.’s Blue Arc EV Solutions brand has secured its first 2,000-unit pre-order for its new line of electric Class 3, 4 and 5 walk-in delivery vans. 

Published in Manufacturing


Wednesday, 07 September 2022 14:01

Huizenga Group bolsters automation portfolio in deal for SE Michigan supplier

GRAND RAPIDS — The Huizenga Group has bolstered its capabilities in the automation sector in a deal for supplier Bulldog Factory Service LLC based in Madison Heights.

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 06 September 2022 14:43

Norton Shores automotive aftermarket manufacturer AGS Co. acquires California firm

NORTON SHORES — Private equity-backed AGS Company Automotive Solutions LLC, a maker of automotive aftermarket parts, has acquired a California-based manufacturer and distributor of auto and motorcycle tools and equipment.

Published in Manufacturing
Friday, 02 September 2022 14:01

Kent Co. auto supplier to cut dozens of jobs with move to Mexico

ALPINE TWP. — A division of global automotive parts supplier NBHX Trim Group will close its Alpine Township facility and begin to lay off 74 employees next month as it transfers operations to Mexico.

Published in Manufacturing

Thursday, 01 September 2022 21:51

Greece-based snack food manufacturer to establish U.S. headquarters in Kentwood

KENTWOOD — A European manufacturer of natural snack food products will invest nearly $42 million to establish a U.S. headquarters in Kentwood and create up to 185 jobs in the process, state officials announced today.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Thursday, 25 August 2022 09:56

PE-backed FlavorSum acquires Mo. flavor maker

KALAMAZOO — Private equity-backed FlavorSum LLC, formerly known as National Flavors, has bolstered its platform with the addition of a fifth flavor manufacturer. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Tuesday, 23 August 2022 15:57

Blackford Capital sells Hastings-based housing products manufacturer in latest exit

GRAND RAPIDS — Blackford Capital recorded another exit with the sale of Hastings-based Quality Aluminum Products Inc. to a publicly traded manufacturer and service provider for the renewable energy, residential, agricultural technology and infrastructure markets.

Published in Manufacturing

Tuesday, 23 August 2022 15:13

Family-owned supplier ADAC Automotive taps outsider as new president and CEO

CASCADE TWP. — West Michigan Tier 1 automotive supplier ADAC Automotive Inc. has named a company outsider and industry veteran to replace longtime President and CEO Jim Teets.

Published in Manufacturing
Friday, 19 August 2022 12:14

Metal Flow plans $7.2M expansion in Holland Township

HOLLAND TWP. — Metal Flow Corp. is adding a 60,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its existing Holland Township location to accommodate growth from the deep draw stamping company’s technology investments.

Published in Manufacturing
Friday, 19 August 2022 09:50

Padnos acquires family owned recycler in Saginaw

HOLLAND — Holland-based Padnos, a fourth-generation, family owned industrial recycling and scrap management company, has expanded its geographic footprint within Michigan by acquiring B. Clinkston & Sons Inc.

Published in Manufacturing

Monday, 15 August 2022 09:54

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Zeeland facility to prepare major shipment of specialized infant formula

A Mead Johnson & Co. LLC production facility in Zeeland is set to receive more than 300,000 pounds of infant base formula to blend, package and redistribute in the coming weeks as federal officials seek to ease an ongoing supply shortage.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 14 August 2022 10:00

Persistent inventory constraints, shifting EV sales model could change dealership format

Anewly built flagship Subaru store that Fox Motor Group LLC opened in Cascade Township simultaneously demonstrates the latest in new dealership technology and what could become a fading part of the automotive retail industry. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 14 August 2022 10:00

In the CHIPS Act, auto suppliers see a light in the tunnel

For more than two years, global supply chain disruptions have delayed orders of the ubiquitous semiconductor chips found in products as diverse as home appliances, video game consoles and high-grade weapons. The small but integral components manage the flow of electric currents of devices in an exponentially electrified world.

Published in Manufacturing

Friday, 12 August 2022 14:45

Zeeland-based Mead Johnson facility to process millions of specialty infant formula servings

ZEELAND — A West Michigan formula producer will import roughly 331,000 pounds of infant formula base powder this month from a facility in Mexico to be blended, packaged and redistributed.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Monday, 08 August 2022 11:41

Whirlpool acquires InSinkErator in $3B all-cash deal

BENTON HARBOR — Global appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corp. has acquired a leading manufacturer of food waste disposers and instant hot water dispensers for $3 billion.

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 03 August 2022 08:30

Zeeland furniture startup in ‘launch and accessibility mode’ after $1.5M capital raise

A Zeeland furniture startup that seeks to play into the growing home office trend has secured $1.5 million in capital from investors around Michigan.

Published in Small Business

Tuesday, 02 August 2022 13:37

Ada manufacturer Burke Porter Group acquired by New York investment firm

A New York investment firm has acquired Burke Porter Group Co., an Ada-based producer of automated diagnostic, testing and production equipment for the life science, automotive, aerospace and other specialty industrial markets.

Published in Manufacturing
Monday, 01 August 2022 10:16

Industry 4.0 brings obstacles, opportunities for women in manufacturing

The Industry 4.0 transition depends on male-dominated fields like computer science and engineering, potentially causing a disproportionate effect on women seeking to enter the field. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 31 July 2022 18:19

Lakeshore automation firm doubles in size as labor challenges push demand

Asmall West Michigan custom automation provider is doubling in size as manufacturers struggle with worker shortages and seek to introduce less labor-intensive components to their operations.

Published in Manufacturing

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