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Coastal Container acquires Best Packaging

Written by | Tuesday, 31 January 2012 10:41 |

Good things may come in small packages, but Coastal Container’s growing business is done in packages of many different sizes. With the recent of acquisition of Best Packaging in Coopersville, the company’s growth has been steady since it was created four years ago. President and CEO of Coastal Container Brent Peterson said the acquisition will make Coastal a much stronger company and add to its stability and profitability as well as its cash flow.

The only conscious thoughts most people have about packaging come in flurries when they have a devil of a time opening one. But packaging is a meticulously researched, highly specialized field thanks to the world’s largest and best-known packaging school at Michigan State University, which invented packaging as an academic discipline in 1952.

State needs non-manufacturing jobs

Written by | Thursday, 26 January 2012 11:16 |

The resurgence of the manufacturing sector, led by a strong recovery in the domestic auto industry, is surely welcome for Michigan after the loss of thousands of jobs over the years.

Manufacturers ride the rebound

Written by | Thursday, 26 January 2012 10:13 |

WEST MICHIGAN — The manufacturing sector grew in 2011 and there is no reason to believe that 2012 will be any different. That’s according to Rich Antonini, managing partner of Plante Moran who concentrates his practice on that sector.

WMU, MCC looking to strengthen ties

Written by | Wednesday, 25 January 2012 16:31 |

As West Michigan manufacturers complain about the dearth of qualified applicants to fill job openings, two institutions are working to bring their curricula in line to help fill the void. The collaboration between Muskegon Community College and Western Michigan University Muskegon hopes to strengthen the connection between the two schools’ manufacturing programs.

This year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) heralded the unveiling of more than 40 new cars and trucks from participating automakers. One of the clear messages coming from the proceedings at this year’s show is that the midsize and compact car segments are where the battle for consumers’ hearts (and pocketbooks) is rooted.

Q&A: Cathy Brubaker-Clarke

Written by | Tuesday, 17 January 2012 10:01 |

Plans to update downtown Muskegon with mixed-use land development slowed to a crawl during the recession, but the pace is picking up, said Cathy Brubaker-Clarke, the city’s director of community and economic development. Brubaker-Clarke talked with MiBiz about recent strides and plans to keep Muskegon’s momentum going forward.

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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