BATTLE CREEK — Over the last year, the Cereal City has experienced its share of bad headlines.
BATTLE CREEK — Following several years of product development and commercialization, Micro Laser Assisted Machining Technologies LLC ended its first year of sales and is gearing up for further growth now that its first year of sales is behind it.
To satisfy talent demands from area manufacturers, Battle Creek-based Kellogg Community College announced plans for a $2.75 million expansion to its Regional Manufacturing Technology Center (RMTC).
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.
Marley Precision Inc. announced a $3 million investment in a second facility in Battle Creek at 1255 Hill Brady Road in the Fort Custer Industrial Park.
Buoyed by the strength of the automotive industry, the growth of Southwest Michigan’s auto suppliers helped lead the region’s manufacturing sector to another year of job gains. In fact, the region’s manufacturers largely grew at a rate that outpaced the statewide performance in the same period, according to the June 2014 Business Outlook report from the .W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
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.
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.
One large Tier I automotive supplier with a major presence in Battle Creek plans to get even larger.