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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.

The Newaygo County Career Tech Center wants West Michigan manufacturers to know they don’t have to send their employees out of the region for training.

A Chicago-based manufacturer plans to open up shop in Grand Rapids to be close to a key customer, while riding the wave of the automotive recovery and a successful diversification strategy into growth industries.

Two decades of merger experience have prepared Wolverine World Wide Inc. for the biggest acquisition in the company’s history and one of the largest and most complex deals ever in the footwear industry.

The U.S. automakers have promoted minority sourcing for decades, stating that buying from minority-owned businesses creates car customers by increasing minority purchasing power.

Acquisitions, marketing key to NBE’s growth

Written by | Sunday, 30 September 2012 10:17 |

As many manufacturers clamped down on marketing budgets to weather a rough economy, National Bulk Equipment Inc. beefed up its marketing activity and acquired a company to grab new market share.

The Canadian Autoworkers Union’s new contracts with Ford and General Motors did little to change the game for West Michigan automotive suppliers, says Mike Wall, director of automotive analysis at the Grand Rapids office of IHS Automotive.

When Rich Rogers and his board of directors decided to pull the trigger on a major expansion at Hudsonville-based auto supplier American Autocoat Inc., their timing could not have been much worse.

While politicians debate about the federal renewable energy production tax credit, some manufacturers think everyone is missing the point. The conversation isn’t about green energy, they say, it’s about innovation.

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