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Nick Manes

Nick Manes

Staff writer

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The passing of the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2010 helped open a new chapter for the Battle Creek area. 

A Holland advanced battery manufacturer that's been plagued by controversy has finally wrapped up pre-production testing and is ready to begin shipping its lithium-ion batteries to General Motors.

Saddled with an aging workforce and an inability to find skilled workers, manufacturers on the lakeshore have partnered with educational leaders to create a new program designed to excite students about careers in manufacturing and create a self-replenishing talent pool.

That the West Michigan business community wants to hire and interact more with the Latino community is a sentiment Carlos Sanchez got used to hearing, having served as the director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for four years.

Small business owners and entrepreneurs in Michigan have more to smile about than just the pleasant summer weather.

Friday, 19 July 2013 15:00

Staying Small on Purpose

Jim Palmer has no interest in manufacturing the kind of “stick and staple” travel trailers typically seen being towed down the highway in the summer months as families head out on vacation.

Hot off the completion of a new corporate headquarters last year, food distribution giant Gordon Food Service has plans for a new expansion in the city of Wyoming.

The failure by the U.S House of Representatives in late June to pass the historically bipartisan “Farm Bill” has many in Michigan — a state with the second-most diverse crop array in the country and where agriculture accounts for approximately $90 billion in revenue — feeling a sense of unease about the future.

Manufacturers in Southwestern Michigan have had access to powerful workforce development tools for years. The problem: Not many of the companies were familiar with the services the state made available to them.

The announcement in June that German-owned automotive supplier Benteler Automotive planned to close a Grand Rapids facility next year as part of a global repositioning strategy raised a red flag among some local political and business leaders.

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