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GRAND RAPIDS — A statewide coalition of community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College, is vying for federal grant dollars that would provide free tuition for students in key advanced manufacturing programs. 

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As the medical device industry continues to expand globally, the sector has entered a period of mass consolidation. 

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The contract medical device manufacturing industry in West Michigan would do well to pay attention to what’s happened in the automotive supply chain over the last two decades.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 07 December 2014 22:00

Experts predict uptick in auto supplier M&A

Amid an improving automotive market, suppliers with easy access to capital and more deployable cash on their balance sheets are turning to mergers and acquisitions to drive growth.

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Grand Rapids-based Autocam Medical Devices LLC has acquired Southeastern Technology Inc. (SET), of Murfreesboro, Tenn. effective November 30, according to a statement.

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Buoyed by the strength of the automotive industry, the growth of Southwest Michigan’s auto suppliers helped lead the region’s manufacturing sector to another year of job gains.
In fact, the region’s manufacturers largely grew at a rate that outpaced the statewide performance in the same period, according to the June 2014 Business Outlook report from the .W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 20:42

Autocam brand to live on after acquisition

While Autocam Corp. will be acquired by a Tennessee-based public company in a deal that was announced in July, the automotive supplier does not expect the sale to have much impact on its West Michigan operations. 

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As Brazil gains importance in the global automotive industry, the country is increasingly a consideration for component suppliers — even if few West Michigan companies have made the move there just yet.

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When a career fair turned into a $10,000 disappointment, Jonathan DeWys could have walked away chagrined and started whining that the lack of skilled workers was hampering his company’s opportunities for growth.

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Madalyn Bueche, 19, graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 2011 never thinking she’d end up in a manufacturing apprenticeship program at Autocam Corp.

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