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Nick Manes

Nick Manes

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West Michigan tool and die shops such as Walker Tool & Die seem poised for growth thanks to opportunities with the frenetic automotive product cycle, aggressive industry diversification strategies and a matured view of competing regions. That reversal of fortunes has the industry struggling to keep up, rather than struggling to stay viable.

Sunday, 26 May 2013 22:00

Q&A: Jamie Clover Adams

Having grown up on a farm in Ionia County, Jamie Clover Adams has spent her whole life involved in agriculture.

Thanks to a combination of good weather, an improving economy and better promotion, the Michigan golf industry is well down the path of recovery and looks to tee off another strong season this year.

Grand Rapids-based GR Spring & Stamping Inc. announced that it has formed partnership with Automatic Spring Products Corp. of Grand Haven, according to Jim Zawacki, chairman of GR Spring.

Sunday, 12 May 2013 22:00

Q&A: Doug Hekman, Quincy Street Inc.

Quincy Street Inc., a Holland-based meat processor specializing in pork products, has had a solid track record of success since its founding in 1994. The company started with just 11 employees but now employs more than 100.

Thanks to a combination of natural and political headwinds, the Great Lakes shipping industry is bracing itself for another season of rough sailing.

Thursday, 09 May 2013 16:15

Companies embrace workplace play

Stuffy is out, fun is in. That general trend in office culture has been taking shape for a couple of decades, but it’s becoming more pronounced as companies struggle to attract young creative talent and inspire their workforce.

Office-furniture supplier Knape & Vogt Manufacturing Co. plans to add more than 100 new jobs in West Michigan as it consolidates production from an Ontario plant to its facilities in Grand Rapids.

It comes as no surprise that West Michigan shares a substantial cultural heritage with the Netherlands, but the two regions also have significant business and agricultural ties.

Canada might be Michigan’s closest international neighbor and largest trading partner, but it also found itself at the center of a fierce political battle last fall.

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