Change Ups: Bekins rated No. 1


A home theater room outfitted by the electronics and appliance retailer Bekins.

Bekins is rated No. 1 in Michigan and 45th nationally by custom electronics business trade magazine “CE Pro” in its 2017 Top 100 rankings for its work in electronics and integration. This marks the sixth straight year Bekins has ranked in the publication’s Top 100. Electronic integration enables homeowners to control and automate their home’s lights, window shades, TV, audio and intercom systems through their smartphones or TV remotes, allowing them to lower their home’s carbon footprint and control it literally from across the world.


Experience Grand Rapids hired Kelsey Helstowski as national sales manager following the retirement of Bob Snyders.


Ottawa County is accepting applications from landowners interested in preserving farmland. Its Purchase of Development Rights program is a voluntary program that preserves farmland by purchasing or receiving donations of development rights from an actively farmed property. For more information, call (616) 738-4852.


Infinisource Benefit Services in Coldwater has been honored by WEX Health with a 2016 Partner Excellence Award for outstanding business achievement. 


Green Giftz, creator and distributor of eco-friendly promotional products, was named one of the promotional products industry’s 2017 Greatest Companies to Work For by “Promotional Products Business” magazine. 


CPM Construction Group will celebrate its 10th anniversary in June.

Ottawa County joined home remodeling and design platform Houzz, which connects governments with residents and local home professionals throughout the residential construction process. Details:

Wolverine Building Group is building two large apartment complexes for Georgia-based Rise Real Estate. Both the Brix at Midtown project (downtown Grand Rapids) and the Skyvue Apartment project (downtown Lansing) began construction in 2016 and will be finalized this year. The two projects combined equal 718,000 square feet and 668 new residential homes.


Rowster Coffee’s Rower’s Club opened its new West Side location at 616 W. Fulton St.

New Holland Brewing Company in Holland will celebrate 20 years of brewing craft beer starting in June. To celebrate its milestone anniversary with the city of Holland and the beer that started it all, Mad Hatter IPA, New Holland Brewing will host an expanded Hatter Days celebration street party June 10 at downtown Holland.


Kent County honored the following programs for Public Service Recognition Week: Excellence in Collaboration, Probate Court Adult Guardianship Program; Excellence in Community Impact, 63rd District Court’s Show Cause Docket; Excellence in Innovation, Health Department’s Academic Health Internship Program; and The Chairman’s Award: Daryl Delabbio for Fiscal Leadership.

Ottawa County Parks Foundation and Ferris State University recently premiered “The Poor Farm: A Documentary,” following the 150th anniversary celebration of the iconic property.


A consortium of Grand Rapids-area nonprofit organizations will receive a $150,000 grant from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation to help stabilize families on the brink of homelessness: the Coalition to End Homelessness, Family Promise, Grand Rapids Urban League, the Housing Assessment Program at the Salvation Army, Mel Trotter Ministries, Inner City Christian Federation, Kent Intermediate School District, North Kent Community Services, Degage Ministries, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

The SOURCE, a specialized employee support program, is the recipient of a $20,000 grant from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation to provide boot camp technology training for employees, enabling participants to learn new skills. The SOURCE has teamed up with technology training company Grand Circus, West Michigan Works! and several local employers.

Senior Neighbors’ Foster Grandparents: Traveling Grannies and Grandpas program has received a $382,500 grant from Grand Rapids Community Foundation to provide students at Harrison Park, Sibley and Stocking Schools support from nurturing older adults for the next three years.

The West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission received a $210,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration to help spur economic development in West Michigan. The funding will be used to work with local communities within the five-county region, including LakeMasonMuskegonNewaygo and Oceana counties.


Grand Rapids Ophthalmology announced the appointment of Bill Hughson as chief executive officer.

Michigan Obstetrics & Gynecology PC joined Metro Health – University of Michigan Health in Wyoming.


JW Marriott Grand Rapids manager Brian Behler is the recipient of Experience Grand Rapids’ Joe Tomaselli Hotelier of the Year Award.


Muskegon-based Disability Network West Michigan hired Diane N. Fleser as new executive director. Fleser will manage day-to-day operations of DNWM which provides independent living resources for people with disabilities in a five-county area.

Guiding Light launched a new branding campaign to raise awareness about its programs and unveil its new website URL, The new branding effort will continue over the next few years and will be comprised of billboards, mailings, radio and television advertisements and gorilla marketing methods.

Individuals associated with Porter Hills are recipients of 2017 LeadingAge Michigan awards: Caring Spirit Award, Shirley Evans, care partner at Meadowlark Retirement Village; 2017 Certificate of Merit, Rich Kafulani, Marywood Health Center employee, in partnership of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids and Porter Hills; and Group Volunteer Award, Marywood Health Center’s Pastoral Care Team.

Senior Reach marked its first anniversary helping Ottawa County senior citizens 60 years and older maintain independent living.


Bodman PLC announced Darren J. Burmania, a banking and business law attorney, joined the firm’s new Grand Rapids office as a senior attorney.

Laura A. Jeltema joined Warner Norcross & Judd LLP as senior counsel.

Miller-Davis Company in Kalamazoo announced the promotions of Kimberly Ridley to controller; Travis Johncock to project manager; and Brian Moon and Rogar Knopf both to senior estimator positions.

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP partner Jennifer L. Remondino was elected as a Fellow to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.


Lakewood Fab Tech in Holland added a 10-foot tall x 10-foot wide x 25-foot long powder coating spray booth and oven to its catalog of in-house manufacturing services.


Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky was named a co-chair of the West Michigan Chapter of a Michigan Civil Rights leadership group focused on building police and community trust.


Harvest Health Foods celebrated its 65th anniversary. Henry Diedering, 90, opened the first grocery store in 1952 on Wealthy Street, shortly after coming to the United States from the Netherlands. It has grown to three locations and employs 70 people and still is family owned and operated.


SightLine Display announced the launch of, a new e-commerce platform developed in partnership with Elevator Up.


Blue Medora announced its True Visibility Suite will now be one of the first third-party products available as part of the VMware vCloud Air Network Program, a VMware Partner Network Program with a global ecosystem of more than 4,000 cloud providers offering validated services based on VMware technology in over 100 countries.

Envoy announced See Kai Run, makers of fun, fashionable shoes for children that promote healthy foot development, has adopted Envoy as it’s B2B platform.

X-Rite Inc. announced Luxion’s KeyShot software for 3-D rendering and animation natively supports the Appearance Exchange Format. X-Rite also donated color management hardware, software and training services to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for use in their Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies program, part of the Bryan School of Business and Economics.


First Fridays in Muskegon rebranding includes a new logo and website:

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