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Last month, Cascade Engineering promoted Christina Keller, daughter of company chairman and CEO Fred Keller, to president of the CK Technologies (CKT) division headquartered in Montpelier, Ohio.

A fledgling movement to diversify Native American economies is playing out in Southwest Michigan as the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi starts to acquire a portfolio of companies, including manufacturers like Accu-Mold.

HOLLAND — A willingness to work with a military contractor on product development and to add in-house capabilities helped a Holland-based medical device manufacturer secure a three-year deal to supply bandages to the U.S. Army.

News that Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) is exploring the sale of its electronics business is an interesting turn of events in the evolution of the company.

Grand Rapids-based GR Spring & Stamping Inc. announced that it has formed partnership with Automatic Spring Products Corp. of Grand Haven, according to Jim Zawacki, chairman of GR Spring.

Madalyn Bueche, 19, graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 2011 never thinking she’d end up in a manufacturing apprenticeship program at Autocam Corp.

When a career fair turned into a $10,000 disappointment, Jonathan DeWys could have walked away chagrined and started whining that the lack of skilled workers was hampering his company’s opportunities for growth.

KALAMAZOO — In an era when most companies see outdoor grills as mass-produced commodity items, one Southwest Michigan company has cemented its reputation by taking a contrarian approach.

Customers have started asking more questions about what goes into the products the office furniture industry manufactures.

After making strong progress in recent years, Steelcase Inc. wants to further reduce its environmental footprint another 25 percent by 2020.

As the health care industry focuses in on disease prevention, care providers are turning to disposable medical devices to help reduce the spread of infections.

One of our clients does not know it yet, but they are on the cusp of a big culture change.

After a series of delays and an investigation into how the company spent federal stimulus funds, one major West Michigan advanced battery manufacturer says it is set to begin production later this year.

American-made, high-end furniture has a future, and Grand Rapids-based Kindel Furniture Co. has a plan to grow in that market. 

It was nearly seven years ago when the Danish sales representative first stopped by Kuhnhenn Brewery looking for American-style IPAs. 

For the company started by brothers Eric and Bret Kuhnhenn, exports have become a significant portion of their sales – amounting to more than 12 percent of the Warren brewery’s output in 2012. 

But exports were not initially a part of their business plan.

Maybe the analysts were right.

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