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GRAND RAPIDS — Based on the success of prior technology workshops, a local nonprofit plans to leverage its partnership with a Detroit-based training firm to support a bootcamp specifically for women.

Published in Nonprofits

ALBION — After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year, Patriot Solar Group LLC won a minor court victory late last month to keep its case moving forward.

Published in Manufacturing

ALBION — A dispute over several large-scale solar energy projects forced a Southwest Michigan solar equipment manufacturer into bankruptcy earlier this month.

Published in Manufacturing

The automotive industry has been very good for West Michigan, in spite of the challenges that it has dished up for component suppliers over the last several decades. 

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After more than 13 years of writing the Auto Focus column for MiBiz, Melissa Anderson plans to retire as a columnist, effective immediately, as she winds down her storied career in automotive analysis and research. In the short term, she and her husband plan to travel in the Southern Hemisphere. “I have enjoyed writing the column and it has been a good long run,” Anderson said. Anderson’s business intelligence on the automotive industry will be missed. “Melissa was our ideal business columnist because she was able to talk with a lot of knowledge about trends in the global automotive industry while also providing a lot of local context, examples and data,” said MiBiz Publisher Brian Edwards. MiBiz will continue its search for a new automotive/manufacturing columnist throughout the coming months.

Published in Manufacturing

After three years leading CK Technologies LLC,  a manufacturer of heavy truck components, Christina Keller has been named president of the Cascade Business Team, a group of four businesses under Grand Rapids-based Cascade Engineering Inc. Now Keller will oversee Cascade Engineering’s Automotive Americas, Cascade Cart Solutions, Innovative Plastics Technologies and Noble Polymers groups, which span the automotive, recycling and plastic polymer industries. As she steps into her new position,  Keller spoke with MiBiz about her plans for those businesses and discussed the role of women in West Michigan’s manufacturing industry. 

Published in Q&A

Many companies engage in their annual strategic planning around this time of year. They are forecasting sales for the next year, figuring out what capital expenditures will be needed, and identifying initiatives to better position themselves in the market.

Published in Manufacturing

The focus on low-volume performance and luxury cars at the Detroit auto show could still signal opportunities for auto suppliers in West Michigan as more high-end technology filters down to mainstream models.

Published in Manufacturing

Mark Miller took on the role of CEO at Cascade Engineering Inc. in September after founder Fred Keller stepped down from the company’s day-to-day operations. The manufacturer of plastic injection moldings and components for a multitude of industries, including automotive and renewable energy, plans to see double-digit growth in 2015. While strong commodity prices are creating some headwinds, the company’s overarching concern is talent.

Published in Crystal Ball

After more than four decades, there will be a new leader with the title of CEO at Grand Rapids-based manufacturer Cascade Engineering Inc.

Published in In the News

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.

Published in Manufacturing
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