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Repurposing the nation’s auto factories

Written by | Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:52 |

When old automotive factories close, communities don’t have to lose hope, according to a December 2011 report from the Center for Automotive Research on repurposing former automotive manufacturing sites. 

Businesses in West Michigan do business with other local companies all the time. It’s a common practice — not the stuff of movies, except maybe in the case of Loeks Theatres Inc. and Greystone Public Seating LLC.

Confidence breeds expansion at Lee Steel

Written by | Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:24 |

Confidence in a strengthening manufacturing economy has led Lee Steel to make a $6 million investment in new, state-of-the-art equipment the company hopes will open the doors to new industries in West Michigan.

With the recession increasingly in the rearview mirror, ADAC Automotive Inc. hopes its investment in a new plant and new technology will open the door to a stable future and a broader base of global automotive customers and products.

Crystal Ball 2012: More on Manufacturing

Written by | Wednesday, 04 January 2012 20:36 |

We project that the economy in 2012 is going to be better than 2011. It will be stronger. For us specifically, there will be a very strong first half, (and) then things will be tapering off later in the year. The industrial capital equipment cycle leads the general economy. We have been doing quite well and will continue to do so

el bagpedGRAND RAPIDS — With the ability to run a business from a backpack or laptop case, today’s knowledge workers have different workspace needs than previous generations of employees.

The dawn of powerful, portable computing meant that one device can take the place of the Rolodex, file cabinet and desk drawers. The laptop bag and its contents has become the primary instrument of the modern knowledge worker, but it doesn’t really have a good storage place in the office.

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