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With high occupancy rates in industrial facilities and continued growth projected for West Michigan’s manufacturing sector, conditions seem ripe for speculative building to make a comeback. But speculators have yet to roll the dice on local projects. That dearth of new facilities leaves some worried that local companies will have to look elsewhere to grow.

Published in Commercial Real Estate

The commercial real estate markets in Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties still tell a story of recovery. While companies continue to improve their performance and pump life back into their balance sheets, some brokers in the market are watching from the sidelines, waiting for the action to heat up. 

Sunday, 04 August 2013 21:14

Q&A: Ron Kitchens and Karl Dehn

The communities of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo have had their share of differences over the years, but according to the two top economic developers in the region, the pair are finding ways to collaborate like never before.

A Battle Creek-based niche manufacturer of vintage aircraft is proving that what is old can be new again.

Published in Manufacturing

BATTLE CREEK — A call from business and community leaders in Battle Creek to land an airlift mission at the Michigan Air National Guard (ANG) base may have fallen on deaf ears, but that won’t stop them from continuing to advocate on behalf of military personnel on the base.

Published in Economic Development

BATTLE CREEK — The relationship between the Battle Creek area and Japanese companies remains strong 37 years after that first Japanese company, Hi-Lex America Inc., opened in the Fort Custer Industrial Park.

Published in Economic Development

Commercial real estate in Southwest Michigan continues to be a tale of progress and rebound.

Published in Focus

Giving people a reason to spend their money in the city’s downtown district didn’t come cheap, but leaders at Battle Creek Unlimited say the effort has been worth the investment.

Published in Commercial Real Estate

A never-occupied plant built by a now-bankrupt solar panel manufacturer in Battle Creek has a new owner and promise of even more jobs for the Southwest Michigan community.

Published in Commercial Real Estate

The economic development organization Battle Creek Unlimited helped attract $195 million in private investment this year that resulted in the creation of more than 600 new jobs.

Published in Crystal Ball
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