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Sunday, 03 July 2022 18:04

2 new Shape partnerships bringing more sustainable materials to auto industry

West Michigan Tier 1 automotive supplier is leveraging two longstanding partnerships with overseas metal providers in an effort to bring more sustainable materials to the auto industry.

Published in Manufacturing
Friday, 01 July 2022 10:16

HanesBrands pays Wolverine World Wide $90M for trademarks as part of lawsuit settlement

ROCKFORD — Footwear and apparel company Wolverine World Wide Inc. is selling the trademarks for the Champion sneaker marketed by its Keds LLC subsidiary to HanesBrands Inc. in a move that settles an ongoing and bitter dispute between the two businesses.

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 29 June 2022 18:12

Auxo Investment Partners makes strategic acquisition of Indiana manufacturer

Grand Rapids private equity firm Auxo Investment Partners has acquired an Indiana-based manufacturer of braided lacing tapes, twines, cords and sleeving for the electrical, defense and aerospace markets.

Published in Manufacturing

Tuesday, 28 June 2022 14:58

UFP affiliate acquires 50% equity stake in key lumber supplier

An affiliate of Grand Rapids Township wood products manufacturer UFP Industries Inc. has acquired a 50-percent equity stake in a key supplier based in South Carolina.

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 28 June 2022 11:09

Life sciences company investing up to $430M to revive former BASF site in Muskegon Twp.

MUSKEGON TWP. — A former BASF herbicide production facility in Muskegon County would return to life with a potential $430 million capital investment by Global Life Sciences Solutions USA LLC.

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 28 June 2022 11:00

Whirlpool to divest Russian operations 

BENTON HARBOR — Appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. is selling off its operations in Russia. 

Published in Manufacturing

Monday, 27 June 2022 15:58

Footwear manufacturer Holo relocating from West Coast to West Michigan

Sustainability-focused outdoor shoe manufacturer Holo Footwear Inc. plans to move its headquarters from Portland, Ore. to downtown Grand Rapids, state and local economic development officials announced today.

Published in Manufacturing
Monday, 27 June 2022 11:19

SCOTUS ruling could boost sales of Perrigo’s new over-the-counter daily contraceptive pill

The U.S. Supreme Court decision last week overturning a landmark, 50-year-old ruling that legalized abortion could boost sales of a new oral, over-the-counter contraceptive drug that Perrigo Co. plc plans to bring to the market.

Published in Health Care
Thursday, 23 June 2022 12:27

Despite price increases, Steelcase records $11.4M quarterly loss amid high inflation, fuel costs

GRAND RAPIDS — High inflation led Steelcase Inc. to record a loss in the most recent quarter despite strong double-digit sales growth and multiple price increases.

Published in Manufacturing

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 11:01

GRAM restructures staff as COVID-19 vaccine demand declines

Reduced demand for a COVID-19 vaccine produced by Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing Inc. has caused the company to “restructure” staff.

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 15 June 2022 17:38

Big Rapids auto supplier plans 60 permanent layoffs in coming months

BIG RAPIDS — A local auto supplier plans to permanently lay off 60 employees this summer, citing a loss of work in a notice to state officials.

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 14 June 2022 19:16

Construction progresses on Whirlpool’s new $60M technical center in St. Joseph

ST. JOSEPH — Executives for home appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corp. plan to finish construction on the majority of the company’s new $60 million technical center in the second quarter of 2023.

Published in Manufacturing

Thursday, 09 June 2022 12:23

Walker-based Altus expands production of in-demand telehealth mobile workstations

WALKER — Technology workstation manufacturer Altus Industries Inc. has expanded one of its marquee product lines as demand for telehealth solutions continues to rise across the country.

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 08 June 2022 16:44

Los Angeles PE firm backs Fruitport custom manufacturer with new capital investment

A Los Angeles-based private equity fund has made another capital investment in Motion Dynamics Corp. in Fruitport.

Published in Manufacturing
Monday, 06 June 2022 12:47

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Proposed federal rule change threatens Michigan Works! funding

A new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor could jeopardize crucial funding for Michigan’s primary workforce development association, leading to the potential closure of at least 20 job training facilities and a loss of more than 200 staffers.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 05 June 2022 12:27

‘Ridiculous’ federal rule change could close 20 Michigan Works! training centers

The Michigan Works! Association, which provides a wide range of services for both job seekers and employers throughout the state, says a proposed federal rule change would strip the agency of significant resources. 

Published in Talent
Wednesday, 01 June 2022 18:21

West Michigan Goodwill launches joint venture to recycle landfill-bound plastics

A newly established partnership will allow Goodwill Industries of West Michigan Inc. to reduce plastic materials that are plentiful in its current waste stream.

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 01 June 2022 16:37

JR Automation CEO discusses company’s growth trajectory in Holland

JR Automation Technologies LLC — which designs, builds and integrates automated manufacturing and robotic technology on a global scale — has unveiled yet another expansion effort in Holland. 

Published in Manufacturing

Tuesday, 31 May 2022 15:44

Hudsonville Ice Cream, Coastal Container plan Holland expansions totaling $87.7M

Two newly announced business expansions in Holland are poised to generate $87.7 million in private investment and bring 138 new jobs to the area.

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 24 May 2022 15:56

Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center to merge U.P., Traverse City offices

The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center plans to merge its regional offices in the Upper Peninsula and Traverse City later this summer.

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 24 May 2022 11:00

State grant funding to support JR Automation’s $10M Holland expansion

HOLLAND — State economic development officials have approved grant funding to support an automation manufacturer’s $10 million expansion at the site of a longtime Holland steel fabricator that closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 22 May 2022 18:59

Wolverine World Wide innovation team aims to solve key challenges for company brands

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.

Published in Manufacturing
Friday, 20 May 2022 12:55

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.

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 18 May 2022 20:10

Companies reveal new air travel technology, devices at GR airport

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. 

Published in Manufacturing

Tuesday, 17 May 2022 17:27

Former Herman Miller exec launches ergonomics-focused office furniture products

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.

Published in Manufacturing
Monday, 16 May 2022 12:42

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: West Michigan food producers on front lines of formula shortage

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.

Published in Manufacturing
Friday, 13 May 2022 13:50

West Michigan food manufacturers playing outsized role in baby formula shortage

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.

Published in Manufacturing

Thursday, 12 May 2022 16:36

Huizenga Group acquires Churchill Technologies as automation M&A heats up

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

Published in Manufacturing
Monday, 09 May 2022 17:23

UFP Industries affiliate acquires Iowa plastic recycler for $17M

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

Published in Manufacturing
Monday, 09 May 2022 15:32

State opens applications for $3M in Industry 4.0 support grants

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

Published in Manufacturing

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