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West Michigan tool and die shops such as Walker Tool & Die seem poised for growth thanks to opportunities with the frenetic automotive product cycle, aggressive industry diversification strategies and a matured view of competing regions. That reversal of fortunes has the industry struggling to keep up, rather than struggling to stay viable.

BIFMA outlook holds for 2013

Written by | Sunday, 09 June 2013 22:00 |

After a dip in business to start the year, the office furniture industry rolls into NeoCon this week with continued expectation for some growth for the remainder of 2013 and improved business fortunes in 2014.

After developing a strong regional reputation for the quality of its products, one West Michigan manufacturer is looking to expand its market and open new doors for growth.

Last month, Cascade Engineering promoted Christina Keller, daughter of company chairman and CEO Fred Keller, to president of the CK Technologies (CKT) division headquartered in Montpelier, Ohio.

A fledgling movement to diversify Native American economies is playing out in Southwest Michigan as the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi starts to acquire a portfolio of companies, including manufacturers like Accu-Mold.

HOLLAND — A willingness to work with a military contractor on product development and to add in-house capabilities helped a Holland-based medical device manufacturer secure a three-year deal to supply bandages to the U.S. Army.

News that Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) is exploring the sale of its electronics business is an interesting turn of events in the evolution of the company.

Grand Rapids-based GR Spring & Stamping Inc. announced that it has formed partnership with Automatic Spring Products Corp. of Grand Haven, according to Jim Zawacki, chairman of GR Spring.

Madalyn Bueche, 19, graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 2011 never thinking she’d end up in a manufacturing apprenticeship program at Autocam Corp.

When a career fair turned into a $10,000 disappointment, Jonathan DeWys could have walked away chagrined and started whining that the lack of skilled workers was hampering his company’s opportunities for growth.

KALAMAZOO — In an era when most companies see outdoor grills as mass-produced commodity items, one Southwest Michigan company has cemented its reputation by taking a contrarian approach.

Customers have started asking more questions about what goes into the products the office furniture industry manufactures.

After making strong progress in recent years, Steelcase Inc. wants to further reduce its environmental footprint another 25 percent by 2020.

As the health care industry focuses in on disease prevention, care providers are turning to disposable medical devices to help reduce the spread of infections.

One of our clients does not know it yet, but they are on the cusp of a big culture change.

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