Change Ups: MTM opens limitless time Youth House


Mel Trotter Ministries has opened a non-time limited supportive housing unit for homeless men, ages 18-24. The home’s intent is to foster a supportive, community environment for young men to build the foundation for independent living. MTM will work with 3:11 Youth Housing, the NAACP and other organizations to provide support for tenants living at the house, which is located in an undisclosed Grand Rapids location. The house mentor — trained by 3:11 Youth Housing — lives in the house to provide guidance.


The city of Grand Rapids Fire Department announced equipment operator James McIntyre was named the American Legion Furniture City Post #258’s 2017 Firefighter of the Year. McIntyre is the 47th GRFD member to receive this prestigious Firefighter of the Year award.


Burton-based ELGA Credit Union acquired Valley State Credit Union.


Nichols announced the appointment of Tina Saunders to director, marketing and innovation.

Portage-based NETA, an ANSI Accredited Standards Developing Organization that creates and maintains standards for electrical maintenance, reported record attendance at its PowerTest 2017 electrical power systems event. The annual five-day conference hosted 510 attendees at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California.

SignComp LLC announced Dave Breihof was promoted to vice president of North America sales.


Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. promoted Josh Szymanski to chief strategy officer.


Taylor St. Louis joined Custer’s Kalamazoo office as a designer.


Lakeshore Environmental Inc. announced Erin Gerber as its vice president. Gerber will facilitate LEI’s team approach, oversee day-to-day operations for the company and will continue to lead LEI’s Natural Resources Division. 


Churchill Mortgage of Brentwood, Tennessee, announced the additions of Matthew den Dulk and Rosemary Roberts as home loan assistants at its Grand Rapids branch.


New Holland Brewing Co. in Holland and Pabst Brewing Co. formed a partnership, allowing for wider distribution and sales of New Holland’s craft beer portfolio through PBC’s national distribution and sales platform. All beers produced for U.S. sale by New Holland will flow through the Pabst distribution and ordering systems.

Perrin Brewing in Comstock Park joined Union Beer Distributors to introduce its lineup to the craft beer scene in New York, offering year-round core brands, seasonal and specialty bottles, including No Rules, Vietnamese Imperial Porter, Black Ale, Gold Ale, 98 Problems IPA and Grapefruit IPA.

Whitecaps fans voted Canadian staple Beercheese Poutine the 2017 Fan Food Vote. Beercheese Poutine is a combination of pulled pork, barbeque sauce, beer cheese and green onions over waffle fries, and is served at the new Game of Cones Cart located on the concourse behind home plate. 


The city of Wyoming was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. It’s Wyoming’s 28th GFOA award.

The 2017 County Health Rankings released annually by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute said Kent County ranks 17th and Ottawa County ranks No. 1 out of 83 counties in Michigan in health outcomes. Details:

Gov. Rick Synder announced the reappointments of D.J. Hilson, of Muskegon, Larry Stelma, of Cedar Springs, Barbara Levine, of Grand Ledge, and Andrew Verheek, of Grand Rapids, to the Criminal Justice Policy Commission. Steve Thome, of Comstock Park, was reappointed to the Michigan Tree Fruit Commission.

Park Township joined the MITN Purchasing Group, one of BidNet’s regional e-procurment solutions, providing vendors throughout Michigan online access to its upcoming solicitations. Park Township vendors can register online at


Bronson Children’s Hospital in Kalamazoo is the recipient of $3,000 from Arbor Financial Credit Union’s caring committee that will benefit many of the hospitals programs, including art therapy, music therapy, child life specialist and journey beads.

SpartanNash Foundation donated $42,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Kent County for its efforts to build and repair homes for local veterans and contributed $95,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Michigan.

The Western Michigan Society for Industrial Heritage is the recipient of $5,000 from Consumers Energy toward the Americans With Disabilities Act Railcar Project at the worksite in Marne. The society is tasked with making a railcar ADA compliant that will be leased back for operation on the Coopersville & Marne Railway.


Spectrum Health’s Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Program was designated a national Center of Excellence by the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association. Spectrum Health joins 25 other centers nationwide with this recognition and becomes the second center in Michigan. HCM is the most common genetic cardiovascular disorder and affects at least 1 in 500 people in the United States.


Ottawa County Community Mental Health launched four new social and recreational programs for adult residents with disabilities at Grand Haven/Spring Lake (, Coopersville/Allendale ( ), Hudsonville/Jenison ( and Holland (

Tulip Time Festival in Holland announced award-winning gardening expert Katy Moss Warner will present the program Beautiful Landscapes at the May 6-14 Tulip Time 2017. Moss Warner’s program is May 9.


Proficient Machine and Automation Tool in Byron Center changed its name to Proficient Machine & Automation. Details:


Guiding Light announced the appointment of Dallas Lenear to its board of directors for a two-year term.  Lenear owns Genesis Consulting Group, and previously, he served as executive pastor to New Hope Baptist Church and director of graduate admissions at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.


Grand Rapids-based Vision Real Estate Investment acquired One Michigan Avenue, a 154,000-square-foot Class A office building located at 120 North Washington Square in downtown Lansing. Vision is providing on-site property management services and is allocating more than $1 million to make immediate improvements to the building, which will include upgrading the building’s elevators, remodeling the lobby and updating signage.


Ken Stann and Dr. Rob Farrell purchased SVS Vision 10 years ago. They’ve upgraded their optical centers with the latest eye care technology, expanded the selection of eyeglass frames to carry the latest styles from the world’s top designers and made a major investment to improve their manufacturing facility in Mount Clemens.

Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. acquired eight Wendy’s restaurants located in Michigan. Meritage has two additional definitive agreements pending to acquire 61 Wendy’s restaurants located in five Midwest and mid-Atlantic states. The two transactions are scheduled to be completed during the second quarter of 2017. The company estimates the combined 69 restaurants will add approximately $90 million in annual sales and be accretive to earnings.


Palio Ristorante, 545 Michigan St., NE, Suite 102, will open for business at 4 p.m., April 18. The eatery features Tuscan-style cuisine, including large pizzas made from an industrial gas fired stone pizza oven, and a wine and beverage list that includes craft beer, hand-crafted cocktails and extensive wine and grappa lists.


Converged Technology Professionals recently provided members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth a night of fun and sports through the donation of their executive suite at Van Andel Arena to watch the Grand Rapids Griffins take on the Chicago Wolves.


REMBRANDT has revamped its website and launched new social media properties and a comprehensive digital advertising campaign. For more information, visit

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