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Elijah Brumback

Elijah Brumback

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An upgrade to Coopersville’s wastewater treatment facility will make way for the new Continental Dairy plant to begin facility testing in February and start producing in spring. Triangle Construction’s $6.7 million project is a large part of an $8.8 million investment in area water and sewage systems. Primary funds for the project come from low-interest loans through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. kicked in another $2 million.

Wednesday, 01 February 2012 18:25

Biden says manufacturing is essential to recovery

For West Michigan, manufacturing is a crucial part of the local economy.  The role manufacturing will play in putting the economic recession in the nation’s rearview, said Vice President Joe Biden, rests in the ability of companies to bring jobs back to the U.S.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012 10:41

Coastal Container acquires Best Packaging

Good things may come in small packages, but Coastal Container’s growing business is done in packages of many different sizes. With the recent of acquisition of Best Packaging in Coopersville, the company’s growth has been steady since it was created four years ago. President and CEO of Coastal Container Brent Peterson said the acquisition will make Coastal a much stronger company and add to its stability and profitability as well as its cash flow.

Simple logic says when the economy is down, people and businesses aren’t as likely to spend. This means reduced production, layoffs and all kinds of belt-tightening.

Rather than give up on some of the city’s more challenging pieces of real estate, Battle Creek Unlimited is hoping an innovative incentive program will get developers to take notice.

Amway Corp.’s broad-based business didn’t always pay attention to sustainability issues, but that is starting to change as going green is increasingly seen as having a strong business case behind it.

Monday, 23 January 2012 14:46

Urban core at heart of Pride Builders

Dilapidated, vacant and otherwise forgotten buildings litter the neighborhoods of Grand Rapids’ Southwest side. They sit unused, like relics of better times with seemingly no better purpose than posing for the all too familiar photos of urban decay.

Companies in West Michigan have been increasingly focusing on how to help ex-criminal offenders, some of the region’s most disadvantaged workers, find a path to meaningful employment.

Sustainability is increasingly being defined not just by “green” — which can have a number of convoluted meanings — but by companies crunching large matrices of waste and energy use data and coming to meaningful solutions.

Thanks to several private donations, John Ball Zoo has undertaken a series of projects planned to last through 2014. The total cost for the additions is set at $12.5 million with a lead $5 million contribution from the Bill and Bea Idema Foundation.

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