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The solution to helping Michigan manufacturers find qualified talent could start with some very simple steps, according to Gov. Rick Snyder.

If the automotive supply chain thinks the global car business is crazy now, they should wait until 2020.

NOVO 1 to hire 200 for Holland call center

Written by | Saturday, 11 August 2012 10:17 |

NOVO 1 plans to add 200 jobs to its Holland call center that already employs 175.

GVSU survey shows industrial outlook slips

Written by | Tuesday, 07 August 2012 09:35 |

For the first time in more than three years, the industrial outlook has soured for firms in greater Grand Rapids.

WEST MICHIGAN — Five West Michigan companies will benefit from state business and redevelopment incentives. The projects are expected to generate up to $26.3 million in investments and add 195 new jobs in Michigan.

GRAND RAPIDS – More than 75 Monroe Center property owners between Division and Pearl Streets will get a rebate check from the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority.

WEST MICHIGAN — This morning’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling largely upholding the federal Affordable Care Act heightens the need for employers that have not already done so to begin planning for how they’ll comply with provisions in the law.

KALAMAZOO — The Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce will set up a search committee soon to begin looking for a new leader.

KALAMAZOO – Two sports industry entrepreneurs are bringing a piece of English Premier League soccer to the youth of West Michigan.

WEST MICHIGAN — The latest entry into Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s statewide care network could very well end up as much more than a partner.

Amway plans $105M expansion in Ada

Written by | Wednesday, 23 May 2012 13:18 |

ADA — Amway plans to invest $180 million, a majority of it in West Michigan, to expand its Nutrilite brand of vitamins and dietary supplements. 
The expansion will occur at four Amway locations – two in Ada, plus Buena Park, Calif., and Quincy, Wash.

GRAND RAPIDS — Ionia-based Independent Bank Corporation (NASDAQ: IBCP) said its bank subsidiary signed a definitive agreement to sell 21 of its branches in Battle Creek and Northeast Michigan to Midland, Mich.-based Chemical Bank for about $12.4 million. The transaction, which is expected to close in the third quarter, will transfer approximately $420 million of customer deposits to Chemical Bank.

GRAND RAPIDS — High-end fashion retailer A.K. Rikks will soon slip into a comfortable and stylish new space on 28th Street.

The key to a successful acquisition is the careful attention and process a company brings to it.

KALAMAZOO — A life sciences company developing spider venom-based bio-pesticides tapped new and existing investors to raise $10.2 million in Series B preferred stock financing.

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