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As Michigan’s industries have evolved over the years, so too have the roles economic developers play when it comes to helping businesses grow and expand in communities across the state.  

Published in Economic Development

While the Grand Rapids-based manufacturer of automation equipment has worked with automotive customers in the past, its new “multi-million” dollar project with Dicastal North America Inc. marks a significant step away from the company’s traditional customers in warehouse distribution and cold storage, said CEO Tom Tobin.

Published in Manufacturing

GRAND RAPIDS — Backed by a new joint venture with a Chinese supplier, one West Michigan belting manufacturer hopes to shore up its supply chain and expand its footprint in the North American market.

Published in Manufacturing

GREENVILLE — When Chinese auto supplier Citic Dicastal Co. Ltd. said last year that it would convert the former United Solar Ovonic LLC campus in Greenville into its North American headquarters, officials in the Montcalm County community breathed a collective sigh of relief.

Published in Manufacturing

Stakeholders in Site 36, the sprawling vacant property near the intersection of 36th Street and Clay Avenue SW in Wyoming, maintain that they’re still being picky in finding the right one or two companies to develop the industrial location.

Published in Commercial Real Estate

While Gov. Rick Snyder famously campaigned against the government picking winners and losers, the state’s economic development agency during his first term made a clear bet on one segment of the Michigan economy: manufacturing.

Published in Economic Development

Economic development agencies are going to have their hands full going into the new year.

Published in Crystal Ball

A resurgence among West Michigan manufacturers, particularly for automotive suppliers, has Class A industrial space at a premium — if not scarce — in the region.

Published in Commercial Real Estate

A Chinese automotive supplier plans to breathe new life into a closed clean energy complex in Greenville.

Published in Manufacturing

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