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The Newaygo County Career Tech Center wants West Michigan manufacturers to know they don’t have to send their employees out of the region for training.

A Chicago-based manufacturer plans to open up shop in Grand Rapids to be close to a key customer, while riding the wave of the automotive recovery and a successful diversification strategy into growth industries.

Two decades of merger experience have prepared Wolverine World Wide Inc. for the biggest acquisition in the company’s history and one of the largest and most complex deals ever in the footwear industry.

The U.S. automakers have promoted minority sourcing for decades, stating that buying from minority-owned businesses creates car customers by increasing minority purchasing power.

Acquisitions, marketing key to NBE’s growth

Written by | Sunday, 30 September 2012 10:17 |

As many manufacturers clamped down on marketing budgets to weather a rough economy, National Bulk Equipment Inc. beefed up its marketing activity and acquired a company to grab new market share.

The Canadian Autoworkers Union’s new contracts with Ford and General Motors did little to change the game for West Michigan automotive suppliers, says Mike Wall, director of automotive analysis at the Grand Rapids office of IHS Automotive.

When Rich Rogers and his board of directors decided to pull the trigger on a major expansion at Hudsonville-based auto supplier American Autocoat Inc., their timing could not have been much worse.

While politicians debate about the federal renewable energy production tax credit, some manufacturers think everyone is missing the point. The conversation isn’t about green energy, they say, it’s about innovation.

BIFMA: 2012 will be flat

Written by | Sunday, 16 September 2012 17:54 |

Office furniture makers are now looking at a relatively flat year for 2012, followed by modest growth in 2013, according to an updated industry outlook.

It’s a great time to be a car dealership if you were one of the West Michigan companies that survived the thinning of the herd during the past three years.

Growth in the automotive industry had Robert Rodriguez looking for a new home for his company so it could continue to grow and take on new business.

If there was a recession, Proficient Machine and Tool hasn’t noticed.

A local company is offering a smarter, more energy efficient way to light outdoor spaces.

There's not as much talk in Michigan these days about how the Chinese hijacked the tool and die industry, stealing jobs that form the backbone of manufacturing and assembly plants worldwide.

West Michigan's automotive suppliers need to be prepared for a wave of sweeping changes rolling through the car business.

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