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John Wiegand

John Wiegand

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The focus on low-volume performance and luxury cars at the Detroit auto show could still signal opportunities for auto suppliers in West Michigan as more high-end technology filters down to mainstream models.

Grand Rapids could soon be home to a new cidery. The city’s Planning Commission today approved a special land permit for Spring Lake-based Vander Mill LLC to open a production facility, taproom and restaurant at 505 Ball Avenue NW, near the Grapevine Wine and Deli.

Sunday, 18 January 2015 22:00

Need for (snow) speed

At a time when most other power toys are stored away for winter, there’s nothing like the sound of a snowmobile screaming by to lift a gearhead from the doldrums of the snowy season. In the spirit of all things tracks and skis, MiBiz spoke with Bob Saladino, the sales manager at Fox Powersports of Kentwood to learn about the popular models for the 2015 season.

Sunday, 18 January 2015 22:00

Small-batch catch

While full-bodied beers often get the credit as staple libations over the winter months, Steve Siciliano, owner of Siciliano’s Market in Grand Rapids, has lately seen a resurgence in the popularity of small-batch bourbons and ryes.

In the wake of a catastrophic accident, one Kalamazoo-based manufacturer of plastic injection molds turned to its industry partners and its insurance agency for help.

Trends in the West Michigan-based contract medical device manufacturing industry parallel what the automotive sector experienced two decades ago, according to a group of executives who spoke with MiBiz for a recent roundtable discussion.

Jake Wood created Team Rubicon, a California-based nonprofit organization that has launched 82 missions in disaster zones across the globe and has grown to include 25,000 past service members.

The company plans to repurpose 50,000 square feet of existing space to accommodate the production of a new reclining cinema seating product and investment in equipment and training for new employees.

Sunday, 04 January 2015 21:00

Q&A: Megan Sall, The Right Place Inc.

After a career spanning humanitarian relief, international and community development and a stint working on a congressional campaign, Megan Sall has a wealth of work experience. Sall currently serves as a business development manager at The Right Place Inc., a Grand Rapids-based economic development firm — a position she’s held for three years. At 32, Sall also became the youngest member appointed to Grand Valley State University’s (GVSU) Board of Trustees. She spoke with MiBiz about her upcoming eight-year term and the role of higher education in the region’s economy.

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