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Manufacturing

When outdoor footwear brand Merrell sought a fresh idea to promote sustainability and conservation, it turned to the innovation team at parent company Wolverine World Wide Inc.

HOLLAND TWP. — A company that manufactures spine, joint, extremity, cardiology and vascular models for the medical device industry is moving to a new and larger location.

CASCADE TWP. — The first cohort of companies to receive grants through an air travel technology development program have revealed the fruits of their labor, including a self-driving wheelchair, an advanced flying security camera and a complete 3D model of Gerald R. Ford International Airport. 


After serving nearly three decades as director of seating and ergonomics product management for Herman Miller Inc., Keith McRobert has leveraged his knowledge and experience into a new venture.

Four food manufacturing companies with operations in West Michigan are on the front lines of the ongoing baby formula shortage that is causing significant challenges for families with infants.

West Michigan is playing a major role in the ongoing U.S. baby formula shortage as producers fall in the center of a product recall or are ramping up production to help meet consumer needs.



West Michigan manufacturing automation firm Churchill Technologies LLC has been sold amid what local advisers describe as a “red hot” sector for M&A.

GRAND RAPIDS TWP. — Wood products and building materials manufacturer UFP Industries Inc. announced that it has purchased an Iowa-based plastic recycler.

Manufacturers throughout Michigan can now apply for grant funding to help cover costs associated with adopting Industry 4.0 technologies.


Facing widespread supply chain disruptions over the past two years, manufacturers across the U.S. are increasingly sourcing components closer to home to bolster resilience and ensure product reliability.

KALAMAZOO — Stryker Corp. recorded a solid first-quarter sales gain despite supply chain issues and staffing shortages at hospitals that delayed the installation of capital medical equipment.

GRAND RAPIDS — A $120 million investment by the federal government will fund a large share of the cost for Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing Inc.’s latest expansion.



ZEELAND — Tier 1 automotive supplier Gentex Corp. continued to absorb blows from a volatile market as its first quarter earnings for 2022 sank below last year’s during the same period.

Against the backdrop of low nationwide home inventories, many homeowners are deciding to hunker down and invest in home repair and remodeling projects.

WALKER — City officials have approved automotive parts manufacturer Kenona Industries Inc.’s plan for a new 90,500-square-foot industrial building adjacent to the company’s current location south of I-96. 


ADA — Sales last year for multi-level marketing heavyweight Amway Corp. increased slightly from 2020, anchored by its popular brand of vitamins, minerals and dietary supplements.

WHITEHALL TWP. — Fusion Fluid Equipment LLC, a manufacturer of fluid mixing equipment, plans to invest $6.1 million to expand and double the size of its northern Muskegon County facility.

KENTWOOD — A Grand Rapids-area manufacturing group that made recent and significant investments in the casino gaming machine industry has filed for bankruptcy after accumulating more than $10 million in debt.


HOLLAND CHARTER TWP. — Custom metal fabricator Impact Fabrication Inc. plans to expand its existing facility near Holland.

Aqua-Leisure Recreation LLC, a portfolio company of Grand Rapids private equity firm Blackford Capital, acquired Longwood, Fla.-based INYO Pool Products LLC, a brand of swimming pool supply, repair and maintenance products.

KENTWOOD — A Grand Rapids-area manufacturing group that made significant investments in the casino gaming machine industry has filed for bankruptcy after accumulating more than $10 million in debt.


HOLLAND — A West Michigan automation company is expanding with a new acquisition as demand for services remains strong during severe workforce shortages.

Michigan economic development officials have approved performance-based grants for two companies planning $34 million in combined investments to create 77 jobs in Battle Creek and Benton Harbor Township.

ZEELAND — Global furniture maker MillerKnoll Inc. has encountered increased demand in its contract and residential business segments, fighting through market pressures to deliver on the influx of orders.


Prior to 2020, Holland-based furniture maker Haworth Inc. had just one or two team members overseeing the company’s entire e-commerce segment.

HOLLAND — LG Energy Solution Michigan Inc. is planning a $1.7 billion lithium ion battery manufacturing expansion on vacant land the company owns in Holland, officials announced today.

WYOMING — West Michigan’s “rich tradition of furniture making” has helped lure high-end lighting and furniture maker Roll & Hill to build a second manufacturing facility in Wyoming.


WALKER — A couple of recent strategic acquisitions should further prepare cleanroom designer and builder Angstrom Technology Ltd. for overseas projects as the company continues a private equity-backed string of acquisitions.

Grand Rapids investment firm Auxo Investment Partners has acquired Golden State Assembly Inc., a wire and cable assembly and harness manufacturer based in Fremont, Calif.

KALAMAZOO — Family-owned materials recycler Schupan & Sons Inc. has acquired a Midwest-based recycler, company officials announced.


HOLLAND — Annual sales last year for furniture maker Haworth Inc. increased from a 2020 altered by COVID-19 but are still struggling to climb back to pre-pandemic levels as industry pressures continue.

WALKER — Pallet solutions provider Kamps Inc. expanded its presence in Colorado through a recent acquisition.

Facing a surge in demand for its products over the last couple of years, Rick Hughes saw a need to significantly expand his business.


Following a deal that changed the landscape of the commercial furniture industry, Kevin Veltman has overseen the sewing together of two mammoth legacy design companies and former competitors.

As president of Kamps Inc., Mitchell Kamps knows pallets: He has repaired them, sold them, managed the manufacturing of them, and in 2021, he spearheaded six acquisitions that established his company as the nation’s largest full-service pallet solutions provider. 

new owner looks to rebuild a Grand Haven-based electric transformer manufacturer that went into receivership five months ago after defaulting on loan agreements with Comerica Inc.


In early 2020, the Los Angeles Fire Department announced it had ordered North America’s first electric fire truck, made by Austrian vehiclemaker Rosenbauer International AG with an estimated price tag of $1.2 million.

A first-time partnership between two statewide organizations is resulting in new educational resources for manufacturers across Michigan.

The Grand Rapids-based company reported its fourth quarter and 2021 fiscal year earnings, both of which set new watermarks as the company continues to gain market share with acquisitions.


With supply chain pressures continuing to disrupt their industry, local manufacturers have been eager to try every avenue for sourcing products and processes.

Manufacturers in West Michigan and across the continent summoned robots to their shop floors at an unprecedented pace last year as non-automotive sectors warmed up in big numbers to automation.

NOVI — The Shyft Group Inc. will unveil its electric delivery truck at a March trade show in Indiana ahead of route testing in the coming months and anticipated production next year.


GRAND RAPIDS — A maker of interior and exterior furniture has significantly expanded its line of pool floats and toys through a recent acquisition.

WALKER — Electrical services and industrial technology firm Feyen Zylstra LLC is partnering with the federal Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Institute to create a new innovation center.

North America had its strongest year of robot sales to date as manufacturers continue to accelerate their adoption of advanced technology and automation on their shop floors, according to new data.


GRAND RAPIDS — Private equity firm Auxo Investment Partners will add to its existing capabilities in the faster space with the acquisition of a Michigan-based manufacturer of rivets.

When Shawn O’Farrell couldn’t find a standard turnkey component for an automation system, he shopped around for it on eBay as a last-ditch effort.

WALKER — West Contract Manufacturing plans to invest $6 million to expand in Walker.