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Nick Manes

Nick Manes

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Wednesday, 12 June 2013 15:10

Hastings Manufacturing acquired by PE firm

One of West Michigan's oldest automotive suppliers has been acquired by an East Coast private equity firm.

Ask people to describe the taste of a Honeycrisp apple grown on West Michigan’s Fruit Ridge and you’re likely to get responses talking about the crisp fruit’s sweet-tart rush of juices.

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.

After developing a strong regional reputation for the quality of its products, one West Michigan manufacturer is looking to expand its market and open new doors for growth.

Amid rising logistics costs, a group of West Michigan executives is banding together to see what results they can produce by tackling the issue collectively.

West Michigan tool and die shops such as Walker Tool & Die seem poised for growth thanks to opportunities with the frenetic automotive product cycle, aggressive industry diversification strategies and a matured view of competing regions. That reversal of fortunes has the industry struggling to keep up, rather than struggling to stay viable.

Sunday, 26 May 2013 22:00

Q&A: Jamie Clover Adams

Having grown up on a farm in Ionia County, Jamie Clover Adams has spent her whole life involved in agriculture.

Thanks to a combination of good weather, an improving economy and better promotion, the Michigan golf industry is well down the path of recovery and looks to tee off another strong season this year.

Grand Rapids-based GR Spring & Stamping Inc. announced that it has formed partnership with Automatic Spring Products Corp. of Grand Haven, according to Jim Zawacki, chairman of GR Spring.

Sunday, 12 May 2013 22:00

Q&A: Doug Hekman, Quincy Street Inc.

Quincy Street Inc., a Holland-based meat processor specializing in pork products, has had a solid track record of success since its founding in 1994. The company started with just 11 employees but now employs more than 100.

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