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Michigan communities stretch child care grants to address a lingering shortage
GRAND RAPIDS — Even as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes, quality child care remains hard to come by for many Michigan families. That’s due in part to providers who left the field and didn’t return — and a handful of Michigan organizations hope to use new state grants to reverse the trend.
Ford battery plant deal demonstrates West Michigan’s ‘cohesive industry cluster’ in EV technology
Ford Motor Co.’s plans to invest $3.5 billion to build an electric vehicle battery plant near Marshall came as good news to economic developers across West Michigan.
Holland medical device manufacturer expanding to new location
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.
Holland company plans $31M cold storage expansion to capitalize on regional food processing
HOLLAND — Transportation solutions company Art Mulder & Sons Trucking Inc. plans to invest more than $31 million in a project to greatly enhance its cold storage capabilities.
Holland, Big Rapids eyed for battery manufacturing developments
Advanced automotive battery suppliers are considering a pair of West Michigan cities for new or expanded manufacturing facilities, MiBiz has learned.
JR Automation expands with new 147K-square-foot facility in Holland
HOLLAND — Global designer, builder and integrator of automation solutions JR Automation Technologies LLC will open a new facility in Holland this week.
MEDC ‘comfortable’ after steep drop in tribal revenue sharing during pandemic
Officials at the Michigan Economic Development Corp. say they are moving forward after the organization took a multi-million-dollar hit last year as revenue sharing from tribally owned casinos plummeted during pandemic-related shutdowns.
With tight industrial inventory, developers turn to outlying metro areas
Low industrial real estate vacancy rates and ongoing construction backlogs are pushing industrial projects to more rural and outlying areas.
West Michigan economic development groups launch Industry 4.0 campaign
West Michigan economic development organizations have launched a campaign aimed at preparing local manufacturers to adopt Industry 4.0 technology and practices.
‘We need to do more to compete:’ Economic development leaders raise concerns over Ford expansion outside of Michigan
A statewide organization of economic development leaders is sounding alarms following Ford Motor Co.’s recent announcement to venture outside of its home state to make a historic investment in electric vehicles.
State funding nudges manufacturers into Industry 4.0
As the owner of two West Michigan-based manufacturing operations, Jay Garside is leaning on state resources to usher his businesses along their Industry 4.0 journeys.
Public filings shine unusual spotlight on $1.8B Herman Miller-Knoll deal
As a transformational merger between two office furniture giants heads for final approval, the details of their seven-month courtship offer insight into a deal that could change the industry’s landscape.
Furniture manufacturers huddle to overcome supply chain challenges
Fragile and inefficient supply chains took center stage throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and have furniture OEMs reevaluating the ways to approach this key component of their operations.
State grants to push Industry 4.0 adoption among manufacturers
ZEELAND — Economic development firm Lakeshore Advantage was one of 10 organizations to receive Michigan Strategic Fund grants to promote Industry 4.0 adoption and readiness among area manufacturers.
Ottawa County selects nonprofit vendor in first phase of broadband internet assessment
WEST OLIVE — Ottawa County has hired an Ann Arbor-based nonprofit research organization owned by Michigan public universities to analyze local broadband internet service, identify gaps and recommend potential cures.
Global control systems manufacturer expanding 3D printing operation in Zeeland
ZEELAND — A Colorado-based manufacturer that specializes in designing, manufacturing and servicing control systems for the aerospace industry plans to expand its operations in Zeeland.
Automated Machine Systems plans $1.5M expansion in Jenison
JENISON — An Ottawa County company that specializes in designing and manufacturing wooden pallet and container handling equipment plans to expand its facility.
Conveyor Concepts of Michigan plans expansion to Coopersville facility
A Coopersville-based manufacturer of structural steel and material handling equipment plans to expand its headquarters.
State awards nearly 6,000 businesses with COVID-19 relief grants
State officials announced today that nearly 6,000 Michigan businesses have received grant funding totaling $52.5 million under a COVID-19 relief program signed into law late last year.
Harbor Steel & Supply plans $2.4 million expansion to its Holland Twp. facility
HOLLAND TWP. — Harbor Steel & Supply Corp. will be investing $2.4 million into expanding one of the four locations that it operates in West Michigan.
Efforts underway to improve broadband access in Ottawa, Kent counties
Ottawa County expects to have a better understanding later this year of exactly where gaps exist locally for broadband internet service so it can begin to address the issue.
Thelen to lead The Right Place amid economic development ‘inflection point’
GRAND RAPIDS — Randy Thelen describes the COVID-19 pandemic as an “inflection point” that can shift the course of economic development in West Michigan.
Tantrick Brewing unveils new production, taproom plans in downtown Allegan
ALLEGAN — In addition to dealing with the massive disruptions to her business brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Tanya Schafer is also juggling two construction projects.
The Right Place selects Randy Thelen as new CEO
GRAND RAPIDS — Former Lakeshore Advantage CEO Randy Thelen is returning to West Michigan to lead regional economic development firm The Right Place Inc.
Perrigo seeks $4.1M in tax incentives for planned GR headquarters; Holland expansion moves forward
GRAND RAPIDS — Perrigo Co. plc is seeking a 12-year incentive agreement estimated at $4.1 million in total property tax savings for its plans to relocate its North American headquarters to downtown.
Startups in the time of COVID: Entrepreneurs launching businesses this year discuss pandemic setbacks, successes
With widespread wedding and formal school dance cancelations during the pandemic, Archie Sudue’s newly opened men’s suit shop has been struggling.
State COVID-19 relief grants reach thousands of West Michigan small businesses
Thousands of small businesses across West and Southwest Michigan have received grant funding from a state COVID-19 relief program.
Biz groups back new Holland LGBTQ anti-discrimination ordinance
HOLLAND — Business leaders and elected officials in Holland say the city’s recently approved anti-discrimination ordinance codifying protections for the LGBTQ community will be beneficial for retaining and attracting talent.
Thousands seek small biz pandemic relief grants in West Michigan
Nearly 4,000 small businesses across a 13-county region of West Michigan have applied for state pandemic relief grants.
State launches $115M grant program for small biz, agriculture relief
A pair of state grant funds totaling $115 million launches today as another source of financial assistance for small businesses hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.