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Nick Manes

Nick Manes

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As a division of a multi-generational, family-owned company that’s been in business for more than a century, Padnos Plastic Solutions Inc.'s conservative culture supports a strategy based on steady, organic growth, said Ben Irwin, the Holland-based company’s director of finance.

A Grand Rapids-based technology startup firm is on the verge of launching a product that could take it from strictly a service-oriented company into offering a suite of application products.

The familiar typewriter sound each day on Michigan Radio is a sign to listeners that senior political analyst Jack Lessenberry is about to deliver his unique insight into the goings on in state politics. As a Wayne State University journalism professor and contributor to countless publications, he has been able to document the various actions of the state’s leaders.

Whether it’s a hearty steak or an organic tomato, the “farm to table” movement has taken the food industry by storm in recent years. Now, entrepreneurs Chad Morton and Kirby Watson want to bring that philosophy of ethically sourced, sustainable, quality products to the realm of coffee via their Direct Trade Coffee Club business.

The flight plan for a nonprofit economic development organization with deep ties to the West Michigan business community is nearing its terminal destination.

Sunday, 24 November 2013 18:33

Unions, shops soldier on after Right to Work

Nearly a year after Michigan passed Right-to-Work legislation, parties on either side of the bargaining table say the law has had little impact on skilled trades unions in West Michigan.

The building that once housed a well-loved Grand Rapids Mexican eatery could soon have new owners.

New technology being researched and developed in Michigan could help predict stresses or fractures in subjects ranging from bones to bridges.

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