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Elijah Brumback

Elijah Brumback

Staff Writer

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Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. decided that if it wanted to walk the talk in helping clients with sustainable projects, it needed to complete a green building project closer to home.

Peggy Murphy is a theater lover. With a daughter active in theater at DePaul University, going to the theater to watch her daughter or just to enjoy another show has been a longstanding affair for Murphy. So when a colleague approached her about serving on the board of the Civic Theater in Grand Rapids, she could scarcely think of a reason not to.

Companies in West Michigan know how to bend metal and to do plastic injection molding, but the region’s manufacturers are no one-trick ponies: They’re increasingly trying to diversify into a range of industries, including medical devices.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 11:30

GVSU library project pushes LEED envelope

While Grand Valley State University’s new library project is taking shape at the school’s main campus, students will still have to wait to turn the page to a new era at the state-of-the-art learning facility.

With the new Seidman School of Business, Grand Valley State University aims to further cement its connection to Grand Rapids and to the region’s businesses

Tuesday, 20 March 2012 10:21

AWRI to expand footprint

In his TEDx Muskegon presentation, Dr. Alan Steinman, director for the Annis Water Research Institute at Grand Valley State University, talked about a “Blue Water Economy” and how the Great Lakes can continue to drive the region’s economy in new ways.

Monday, 19 March 2012 14:16

Wesley Lentz, Wiser Financial Group

Wesley Lentz believes it is his responsibility to help youths understand what business is all about. That’s why he teaches through the Junior Achievement of Southwest Michigan: to give back the knowledge and resources he’s learned over the years.

For the first time in more than five decades in business, Amway Corp. will operate a food processing plant at its main manufacturing campus in West Michigan. Amway’s No. 1 product line, Nutrilite, accounted for more than 40 percent of its $10.9 billion in sales for 2011. As part of a plan to restructure its supply chain, Amway recently made the decision to shut down by 2013 its Lakeview, Calif. plant, which produces Nutrilite protein powder supplements. That production has been relocated to Michigan.

FireKeepers Casino has reached the halfway point on the construction of its 242-room resort-style hotel. When MiBiz spoke to Lansing-based contractor Clark Construction Co., the company had made progress on the hotel exterior and nearly reached the eighth and final story. Project Manager Troy Multon said the tribe will take over the project by late fall.

With scores of jobs going unfilled, unemployment remains high as disconnects between the region’s labor pool and employer needs persist.

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