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After a series of delays and an investigation into how the company spent federal stimulus funds, one major West Michigan advanced battery manufacturer says it is set to begin production later this year.

American-made, high-end furniture has a future, and Grand Rapids-based Kindel Furniture Co. has a plan to grow in that market. 

It was nearly seven years ago when the Danish sales representative first stopped by Kuhnhenn Brewery looking for American-style IPAs. 

For the company started by brothers Eric and Bret Kuhnhenn, exports have become a significant portion of their sales – amounting to more than 12 percent of the Warren brewery’s output in 2012. 

But exports were not initially a part of their business plan.

When Jack Nyenhuis decided to sell his prototyping and engineering company, he didn’t set out to be the prototypical example of how an acquisition is done.

Maybe the analysts were right.

Companies able to develop a medical device from concept design to manufacturing and even delivery may be a rarity in Michigan, but that’s exactly how industry experts position the Kalamazoo-based Keystone Solutions Group.

GRAND RAPIDS — Steelcase Inc. expects to grow sales globally in its new fiscal year as executives continue to focus on restoring profitability in European operations.

One local manufacturer turned a bad experience with off-the-shelf Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems into a business opportunity.

Research and development investments from the last few years will culminate this spring with Herman Miller Inc.’s plans to begin rolling out a wave of new products, including what President and CEO Brian Walker calls the largest “rethinking” of office design in 45 years.

Attempting to grow the size of the pie is a group effort for members of the thermoset plastics industry.

After ending the 2013 fiscal year with a quarterly loss that’s tied to one-time charges, Steelcase expects moderate sales growth from a year ago and a dip in earnings for the present period.

Herman Miller Inc. expects moderate sales growth over the next few months, following the trend of its most recent quarter.

The office furniture industry will continue to move with the U.S. economy, posting modest growth in 2013 and then accelerating next year, according to an updated industry outlook.

People sit still all day at their desks with their backs straight, feet flat on the floor, forearms parallel to the ground and reaching straight toward the keyboard, and the computer screen 18 to 22 inches from their eyes.

GRAND RAPIDS — With the help of some local students, scenes from the plant floor will soon be headed to the silver screen.

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