WYOMING — Stu Kingma often fields multiple phone calls per month from people interested in redeveloping Site 36, one of West Michigan’s most storied former industrial sites.
Advanced industries continue to drive employment growth in Grand Rapids in the face of talent constraints.
Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Aug. 8, 2016.
• M&A: Grand Rapids-based architecture firm Progressive AE Inc. has acquired Charlotte, N.C.-based AI Design Group Inc., according to a statement. The new company will be headquartered in Grand Rapids and leadership will remain the same, according to a statement. AI Design will now be referred to as a Progressive AE company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Dow Chemical Co.’s decision to shave 700 workers from its workforce in Midland may prove beneficial for West Michigan manufacturers struggling to fill their talent needs.
The Right Place Inc. President and CEO Birgit Klohs has one word to describe her reaction to the United Kingdom’s decision yesterday to leave the European Union: Disappointment.
A consortium of academics, government officials and industry leaders wants to refocus the state on wood products and create a hub for bio-materials produced from Michigan’s forests.
West Michigan technology firm, DornerWorks Ltd. plans to beef up its Grand Rapids operation through a $1.3 million investment.
A looming cloud hung over this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference, and it wasn’t left over from Wednesday’s rain. The majority of the approximately 1,500 attendees at the annual retreat hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber were laser-focused on two issues the state would rather not be known for: the legislative budget fight for the nearly-bankrupt Detroit Public Schools (DPS) and the ongoing Flint water crisis.
West Michigan office furniture manufacturers could soon be incorporating scrap wood into the production of their products through a new partnership with Michigan Technological University.
BYRON CENTER — West Michigan could become a hub for innovative waste processing companies in the coming years.