Holland-based Lakewood Construction’s work on the West Coast Chamber of Commerce in Holland earned the company a National Excellence in Construction Eagle Award from Associated Builders and Contractors in the category of Renovation – Less than $5 Million. The 7,300-square-foot building’s new features include a flexible Learning Lab meeting space, collaborative office space and ample space for visitor parking. The most striking feature of the building inside and out is the brilliant, light-infused atrium during the day and a lantern of lights at night, as well as a new outdoor patio space.
Baker Holtz PC announced the promotion of Michael Stodulski to senior tax associate.
Rehmann for the 17th consecutive year was named one of West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.
ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING
Andrew J. Bick joined Driesenga & Associates Inc. as crew chief in the firm’s Holland-based survey department.
Prein&Newhof recently marked 50 years of operation as a full-service civil and environmental engineering firm.
The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum elected its board: Lisa Oliver-King, Our Kitchen Table; Angela Nelson, Experience Grand Rapids; Steve Huizinga, Allied Mechanical Services Inc.; and David Gregory, Kelley Cawthorne.
Consumers Energy announced the regional winners for its Put Your Town on the Map competition: Village of Spring Lake, $5,000, to bring public art to its Lakeside Trail; and Sparta Downtown Development Authority, $2,500, for its project, The Orchard, an incubator for small businesses.
The Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce in Holland recognized Priya Gurumurthy, IT manager at Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, as the recipient of the Individual Champion of Diversity, and Ottawa County as the Corporate Champion of Diversity, at the chamber’s Celebrating Diversity Luncheon.
Consumers Credit Union in Kalamazoo announced the addition of mortgage loan officers Tom Regan, Steve Taylor and Omar Khayyam to its mortgage sales team. The credit union also was certified by the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency as a silver-level Veteran-Friendly Employer.
The Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan partnered with BHS Insurance as the newest sponsor of the Better Business Bureau Trust Lab, which supports the advancement and improvement of trust for organizations, industries and communities.
Michigan Office Solutions was recognized for the 10th consecutive year as one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the Michigan Business and Professional Association.
Erhardt Construction in Ada hired Arlen–Dean Gaddy as director of market strategy.
The Michigan Statewide Carpenters and Millwrights Skilled Training Center in Wayland opened its doors to train workers to fill thousands of job openings in Michigan’s high-demand skilled trades industry. The center is open to the public and anyone can apply to become an apprentice carpenter or millwright.
Kevin Budelmann and Yang Kim, co-owners of Peopledesign, laid a foundation for brand building in their new book, “Brand Identity Essentials, Revised and Expanded: 100 Principles for Building Brands” (The Quarto Group, 2019).
Ferris State University in Big Rapids recently dedicated its expanded and renovated Swan Technical Arts Building Annex, due to a $30-million collaborative investment by the state of Michigan and the university, which created the Center for Welding Excellence and the Center for Advanced Manufacturing, largely supported by a Capital Outlay appropriation from the state of Michigan.
Grand Rapids Community College student Jake Dabkowski teamed up with Kendall College of Art and Design students Aiden Wysocki, Matthew Veenhoven and Jonathan Moroney won first place and $4,000 from MWest Challenge, a student venture competition for pitching a business that would help summer camps handle medications.
Kent Career Technical Center’s diesel and equipment technology program achieved accreditation from Schaumburg, Illinois-based AED Foundation.
Ludington-headquartered Western Land Services hired Shawn Fields as president to support the firm’s national presence. WLS has six regional offices locations around the country, including Grand Rapids.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Holland-based Coppercraft Distillery recently was awarded Gold for its Straight Bourbon Whiskey at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
The U.S. Census Bureau named Ottawa County the fastest-growing county in Michigan between 2010 and 2018 with a 10.12% increase. The county's population is now an estimated 290,494 — up 3,572 new residents since 2017 numbers were tabulated last March. Ottawa County remains the eighth most populated in Michigan.
The Ottawa County Department of Public Health received a $200,000 grant from the Delta Dental Foundation that will fund a new mobile dental unit to replace the department’s 16-year-old vehicle that provides services through the Miles of Smiles program.
Midwest Capital Advisors LLC announced Jack Nicklaus Tunge and Mark Satkoski have become owners/members, joining fellow investment adviser representative owners Hank Swain and Mike DeSmyter.
Chasing Vanity Salon and Spa opened the Chasing Vanity Medi Spa at 435 LaGrave Ave. SE.
Genesis Innovation Group's Shoulder Innovations in Holland developed a solution for the glenoid (part of the shoulder), called the InSet Glenoid, which simplifies the surgical technique for surgeons, minimizes the instrumentation handled by OR staff and improves fixation and surgical outcomes for patients.
More than 400 guests attended JDRF Great Lakes West Chapter’s annual Promise Gala to fund research on curing and preventing type 1 diabetes research.
Wyoming-based Metro Health – University of Michigan Health became the first health system in Grand Rapids to attain Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Level 7 status, the most prestigious distinction in the use of electronic medical record technology to improve patient care.
Suburban Inns’ Hilton Garden Inn in Grand Rapids earned Hilton’s Hotel Success Award; general manager Nick Haughton received the General Manager Merit Award; The Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Holland received the Diamond Circle Award from Marriott; general manager Grant Hirst was named Marriott’s Diamond General Manager of the Year. The Courtyard by Marriott also earned several awards in Overall Satisfaction, Room Cleanliness, Staff Service and Arrival Experience.
Gary Carey joined South Bend, Indiana-based Gibson as its Michigan market leader.
LEISURE & RECREATION
The West Michigan Tourist Association released the 2019 “Lake Michigan Lighthouse Map & Circle Tour” guide, a free poster-sized publication that details all the lighthouses located on the shores of Lake Michigan, as well as the Circle Tour driving route to guide motorists around the lake. The full circle tour driving route around Lake Michigan is available online and website visitors also can download a PDF of this year’s lighthouse map or request that a free copy be mailed to them at wmta.org/lake-michigan-lighthouse-map-circle-tour.
Raj Malviya, a partner in the private client practice group of Miller Johnson, attended oral arguments recently at the United States Supreme Court in Washington D.C. The hearing was for the case North Carolina Department of Revenue v. the Kimberley Rice Kaestner 1992 Family Trust (Kaestner).
WOOD TV8 hired Emily Schuitema as a meteorologist.
Tubelite Inc. completed a 30,000-square-foot expansion of its facility in Walker. The expansion includes the company's corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations. The addition will utilize standardized work and assembly line techniques to improve overall quality and productivity.
Guiding Light announced it has again been awarded a Platinum Seal of Transparency by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on U.S. nonprofits.
Matthew DeWitt joined NAI Wisinski of West Michigan as property manager.
The Kirby House in Grand Haven recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.
The Morning Dish is a new breakfast restaurant in downtown Kalamazoo that opened at 100 W. Michigan Ave. on the second level of the Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites.
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport recently placed 20 new recycling receptacles throughout the airport terminal building, working with Kent County to use the SORT program, using a stoplight color scheme: red for trash, yellow for recycling and green for composting. Also, during March, the airport recorded the busiest passenger month in airport history, increasing 14.42% compared to March 2018; GFIA is up 10% overall this year.
TRAVEL & TOURISM
Experience Grand Rapids released an updated version of its annual visitor guide, The Experience, a travel-sized and locally focused resource for visitors and locals. The updated version includes an additional insert that focuses specifically on Project 1 by ArtPrize. An online version of the guide is available at experiencegr.com/emag/experiencegrandrapids2019; guides also can be requested at experiencegr.com/trip-planning/visitors-guide.