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West Michigan’s economy remained in growth mode at mid-year, as a monthly industrial activity index recorded improvements in most categories.

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The economy in West Michigan continues to chug along even as companies start to feel the pricing effects of steel and aluminum tariffs.

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According to the most recent state jobs data, wages for manufacturing production workers in May sunk to their lowest levels in the last 12 years as the average hours worked dipped to the lowest point since 2009. Meanwhile, the number of people working in manufacturing hit its highest level in almost a decade.

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HOLLAND — After manufacturing a specialized line of food processing equipment for 30 years, Lakewood Fab Tech LLC wants to embrace new opportunities by refocusing its business on designing custom machines for the industrial market. 

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Economists say the quarter-point increase in a key interest rate will have little or no effect on the economy and represents the start of a return to normal after years at historic lows.

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Despite a relatively slow start to the first quarter of 2015, regional companies have begun to see marked improvement in their businesses as the overall economy continues improve. That’s according to the latest Current Business Trends report published by Brian Long, director of supply chain management research for Grand Valley State University.

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Federal employment numbers released today show that businesses added fewer jobs than expected last month, providing further evidence to what some say is a widening gulf between the labor supply and employer needs.

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West Michigan’s economy recorded “sustainable slow growth” during January, according to the monthly survey of industrial purchasing managers by economist Brian Long.

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Commercial real estate brokers say industrial companies looking to free up some capital need only to look as far as their own property for one potential source. 

Published in Commercial Real Estate
Sunday, 20 January 2013 22:19

Most outlooks project slow growth in 2013

Economic outlooks and survey results generally view West Michigan’s economy and employment growth as plodding along with the nation for the first half of 2013, then picking up during the latter months of the year.

 

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