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Students in Western Michigan University's paper engineering program are finding out that paper pays.

BIFMA outlook for 2012 swings negative

Written by | Sunday, 09 December 2012 23:31 |

An updated outlook has the office furniture industry now finishing 2012 down slightly and returning to growth in 2013.

BIFMA outlook for 2012 swings negative

Written by | Sunday, 02 December 2012 23:21 |

An updated outlook has the office furniture industry now finishing 2012 down slightly and returning to growth in 2013.

We recently had an opportunity to talk with our colleague Andy Fein of Hans-Andreas Fein & Associates of Stuttgart, Germany. Our questions to him centered on whether there is anything going on within the industry that should make us more comfortable about the outlook and opportunities for that region.

The aerospace industry’s move to more composite jet engine components has one local manufacturer ready for take off.

Micron takes contrarian approach to growth

Written by | Sunday, 25 November 2012 23:18 |

There’s nothing like a recession to refocus a company’s strategy. Just ask Grand Rapids-based Micron Manufacturing Co.

GE Aviation expanding in Muskegon

Written by | Sunday, 18 November 2012 19:01 |

GE Aviation’s Johnson Technologies subsidiary is a prominent defense contractor in West Michigan, but it’s a rush of new commercial contracts that has necessitated an expansion of one of the company’s two Muskegon-area properties.

Haworth’s waste reduction initiatives pay off

Written by | Sunday, 11 November 2012 17:02 |

While many companies may think of recycling as just a method to keep the environmentalists at bay, Haworth Inc. has found that, in fact, the practice pays off.

It’s certainly not a new trend for businesses looking to control their overhead to turn to automation to help reduce headcount and labor costs.

Automotive suppliers could be forgiven for feeling that if it isn’t one thing, it’s another.

A local manufacturer already had a presence in the southern states, but it is hoping to strengthen its ties to customers and its Michigan operations by adding another location.

New Stryker CEO eyes international growth

Written by | Sunday, 28 October 2012 16:16 |

Stryker Corp.’s new chief executive doesn’t see any changes ahead in strategy or direction for the company.

Rather than sit in a landfill, some waste can still be put to a good second use. The trouble is that companies looking for the waste materials often struggle to find it or have regulations in their way.

MCC launches hybrid CAD/CNC program

Written by | Saturday, 13 October 2012 11:33 |

A new community college program aims to foster the development of flexible, multiple-skill manufacturing workers.

Magna International to expand in Holland

Written by | Saturday, 13 October 2012 11:32 |

A division of auto supplier Magna International Inc. is channeling a bright outlook for sunroof technology into a $10.1 million expansion in Holland Charter Township.

Wolverine World Wide Inc.’s acquisition of four brands from the Collective Brands Inc. Performance + Lifestyle Group (PLG) could help the Rockford-based footwear company with a key risk factor to its business: talent.

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