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John Wiegand

John Wiegand

Staff writer

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While experts continue to tout wind energy as a diversification target for many West Michigan manufacturers, companies that supply the industry say they’ve faced a period of stagnant demand, especially now that a key federal incentive no longer exists.

As West Michigan’s automotive dealer groups survey the competitive landscape, they’re finding it hard to pass up deals to add new stores, expand their geographic footprint and create attractive economies of scale.

Rising Lake Michigan water levels have translated into increased business for at least one Muskegon-based shipping company.

An increasing appetite for renewable energy across North America has prompted one manufacturer of solar energy components to expand its production outside of the Golden State.

As production for the 2015 model year of vehicles ramps up, one West Michigan automotive supplier has capitalized on a recent capacity expansion to accommodate growth.

As U.S. manufacturing activity continues to inch upward, the sector is contributing to growth among packaging firms nationwide and in West Michigan.

As a former executive at Toyota, Dennis Cuneo has firsthand experience in the intricacies of the automotive industry supply chain in North America. He started with the company in 1984 and later became senior vice president in 2001, overseeing the expansion of Toyota’s manufacturing operations.

Development of the Port of Muskegon was voted as the top priority going into 2015 for the West Michigan Prosperity Alliance at its monthly public meeting for October.

Throughout a lengthy career, Norman Augustine has held numerous positions in the aerospace industry. Augustine was elected CEO of the Martin Marietta Corp. in 1987 where he continued through the company’s merger with Lockheed Corp. in 1995. Augustine retired from his position at Lockheed Martin Corp. in 1997. Since then, he’s served on countless boards and advisory committees both in the public and private sector. Prior to a recent talk as part of the Frederik Meijer Lecture Series at Grand Valley State University, Augustine spoke with MiBiz about the current state of the aerospace industry.

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