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Nick Manes

Nick Manes

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An Italian auto supplier plans to invest in new capacity by adding a West Michigan, MiBiz has learned.

Former three-term Michigan governor John Engler has been a long-time advocate for manufacturing — both in the state and around the country. He served for six years as president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers and is now president of Business Roundtable.

West Michigan’s fledgling medical device manufacturing cluster collectively offers the capabilities OEMs and startups need to commercialize new products, but no one company has all the solutions under one roof. For the sector as a whole to grow, the manufacturing executives say they’ve needed to embrace a spirit of collaboration with their competitors.

The combination of an improved business climate and an aging workforce has a number of West Michigan companies partnering with educational institutions and one another to ensure their future supply of talent.

New research shows that West Michigan companies have eschewed one key tool in their arsenal of talent attraction resources.

As automakers look to shed weight from their vehicles in the pursuit greater efficiency, they’re increasingly turning to alternatives such as aluminum to replace steel throughout the supply chain.

The forecast for significant growth in the office furniture industry could bring some rewarding and potentially challenging times for the West Michigan base of suppliers.

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 12:06

Gordon Food Service acquires Texas company

A West Michigan food distributor is planning to enter the Texas market with the acquisition of a Houston-based firm.

Three young entrepreneurs want to leverage the strength of West Michigan’s medical device capabilities to commercialize new products that could help improve care in the developing world.

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