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All indications point to West Michigan manufacturers continuing to struggle in the coming year to find qualified talent.

Published in Manufacturing

Since the dawn of the automotive industry more than a century ago, suppliers have come to expect production to have its ups and downs, but generally rise over the long term — much like the stock market. But that period of unbridled growth could come to an end within a generation.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 06 July 2014 22:00

Reaching for overdrive

A revised IHS Automotive production forecast for 2014 suggests automotive suppliers could see more orders than originally expected.

Published in Manufacturing

Jason Markham says he’s learning many lessons these days about running a long-standing business in a highly competitive industry.

Published in Manufacturing

Continued forecasts for growth in the automotive industry are challenging the already strained supply chain.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 10 November 2013 22:00

Gap widens between tooling demand, capacity

Within five years, the gap between tooling capacity and demand from the automotive industry will be nearly $6 billion.

Published in Manufacturing

With high occupancy rates in industrial facilities and continued growth projected for West Michigan’s manufacturing sector, conditions seem ripe for speculative building to make a comeback. But speculators have yet to roll the dice on local projects. That dearth of new facilities leaves some worried that local companies will have to look elsewhere to grow.

Published in Commercial Real Estate

A heightened level of new launch activity in the automotive sector coupled with a supply chain running at near full capacity has led to a wave of new business for one West Michigan firm.

Published in Manufacturing

When Gov. Rick Snyder brought up Right To Work at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars — an event attended mostly by executives at automakers and suppliers — he was greeted with both applause and boos.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 21 July 2013 22:00

The automotive rally continues

A handful of recent reports and data sets paint a blindingly positive picture of the North American automotive industry.

Published in Manufacturing
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