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John Wiegand

John Wiegand

Staff writer

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The strength of the U.S. dollar in the global currency market has proven to be a double-edged sword for many West Michigan manufacturers that do business internationally.

As Muskegon-area manufacturers continue to get a bounce from the region’s economic recovery, many of them worry that their ability to continue growing will face constraints related to the availability of qualified talent.

Specialized industries in West Michigan often run into the same training and talent constraints as high-growth sectors such as the automotive supply chain.

Despite a well-publicized shift of automotive OEMs and suppliers increasing production in the southern portion of the United States, Michigan remains at the top of the automotive food chain.

A trio of Grand Rapids-based startups have demonstrated that project-based crowdfunding can be a useful fundraising tool to help small companies launch new consumer products.

To accommodate substantial growth in its welding equipment line, RoMan Manufacturing Inc. recently completed an expansion and internal remodeling project.

The newly created Michigan Design Council continues to recruit board members from key industrial design companies across the state, including bringing in more representatives from West Michigan-based firms.

Sunday, 01 February 2015 22:00

Top down

Typically sitting low to the ground and offering high power-to-weight ratios, small fuel tanks and little room for anything inside sans a passenger, roadsters are far from practical vehicles. But as a driver’s car, they fit the bill perfectly.

A Kalamazoo-based firm has developed new technology that it says could bring back some favorable cold weather- and drought-resistant qualities to modern corn crops without resorting to genetic engineering.

The contract medical device manufacturing industry in West Michigan would do well to pay attention to what’s happened in the automotive supply chain over the last two decades.

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