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Mitch Galloway

Mitch Galloway

Broadview Product Development Corp. had strong business in 2017 with its automotive industry customers and also grew sales to office furniture manufacturers by 25 percent. That growth has President Rick Arnold facing some key challenges at the prototyping and engineering firm. “We’re busier than we have been, and we are busier than our resources can support,” he said. Like most businesses these days, Broadview constantly wrestles with concerns over talent, which remains a key issue for the company heading into 2018.

As president of Grand Rapids Label and chair of the Family Business Alliance, Bill Muir understands what family-owned companies are going through right now. According to Muir, manufacturers remain optimistic heading into the new year, and they’re making more investments to support their customers.

Warner Norcross & Judd attorney Tom Manganello understands that the automotive industry is making a push to incorporate more technology. Manganello, who represents automotive sector clients, thinks if companies are not participating in this industry-wide shift, they could be in for trouble.

GRAND RAPIDS — After a decade of growth in manufacturing, the sector still finds itself having to defend its worth to parents and high school counsellors.

GREENVILLE — After being on the market for more than a year, a West Michigan restaurant and brewery has sold to new owners.

Friday, 15 December 2017 10:48

DENSO acquires Holland-based tech startup

In a move into smartphone-based automotive technology, component supplier DENSO International America Inc. acquired a Holland-based tech startup.

On Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expects to vote on whether to put an end to net neutrality, a group of regulations that forces internet providers to enable public access to all content or applications. As the issue gains national attention, MiBiz asked David Tarrien, an associate professor at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, about who wins and loses if net neutrality is struck down. Tarrien teaches introduction to law, advanced writing, and research and writing, among other subjects.

As the ready-to-drink coffee market gains popularity among consumers, West Michigan roasters are diversifying their business models to reflect a shift in how consumers approach the product.

GRAND RAPIDS —  Daniel Chase started niche furniture maker Re.dwell LLC somewhat out of necessity.

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