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John Wiegand

John Wiegand

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Auto supplier Plasan Carbon Composites Inc. announced today that it plans to invest $29 million in a new manufacturing facility located in Walker.

After more than four decades, there will be a new leader with the title of CEO at Grand Rapids-based manufacturer Cascade Engineering Inc.

For eight years, Paula Kerger has worked to grow viewership and diversify the programming portfolio of the Public Broadcasting Service alongside the evolving media landscape. As the role of broadcast media develops, PBS has found its niche partly in educational programming. 

While the economic recovery certainly helped bolster tourism numbers in West Michigan so far this year, a steady Pure Michigan advertising push from the state and community level helped bring in regional visitors, particularly from out-of-state markets.

Automotive supplier Plasan Carbon Composites Inc. has a major challenge on its hands.

As automakers embrace lightweighting as a key strategy to meet more stringent efficiency standards, that’s led to a shift toward new materials and new production processes designed to take unneeded mass out of vehicles.

The proximity to market demand and a track record for producing quality produce has served as a catalyst for Michigan’s potato industry.

Manufacturers and their advocates had long decried the job-killing effects of the state’s personal property tax on equipment. But with the passage of Proposal 1, that tax will start to be phased out over seven years from 2016 to 2023. Companies with $80,000 or less in personal property qualify to file a tax exemption immediately. Fresh off the Proposal 1 victory in the August primary, Mike Johnston of the Michigan Manufacturers Association spoke with MiBiz about the impacts of eliminating the tax and the industry group’s focus going forward.

Rarely do businesses welcome industry regulation, but one Greenville-based manufacturer credits new efficiency standards for helping the company become more competitive.

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