Change Ups: New Fixed Based Operation slated for airport


Waterford-based Pentastar Aviation and Avflight teamed up to provide customers with private jet charter, management and aircraft maintenance support for their newest Fixed Base Operation at Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Avflight will open its FBO at the airport in spring 2020. The new facility, where Pentastar will have an office, includes a 5,000-square-foot FBO building with 30,000 square feet of hangar capacity that will provide a wide range of support services for general aviation and the airlines.


EHTC announced the additions of Heather Kelbel as a tax senior manager and Stacey Thurston as an executive assistant.


LEAD Marketing Agency hired: Jessica Hart, account manager; Kendra Smith, graphic designer; Morgan Shaffer, social media manager; and Ahmad Alaliwi, web developer.


Longtime arts supporter Stella Royce died Nov. 16 at age 92. Stella Royce and her husband Chuck Royce, who passed away in June 2015, were longtime supporters of St. Cecilia Music Center, Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, the Grand Rapids Symphony and Opera Grand Rapids, and other arts, cultural, educational and charitable institutions. The Royces owned the family business, the Royce Rolls Ringer Co

The 2020 Kalamazoo Documentary Photo Project will record life in Kalamazoo during the entire year of 2020. Volunteer photographers for the Kalamazoo Valley Museum will photograph all aspects of Kalamazoo life and community. An introductory meeting was held Nov. 30 to explain the project and to recruit local photographers, and quarterly meetings will be held to review photographers’ work for feedback by historians, museum staff and other interested parties.

In early 2021, KDPP-participating photographers will be asked to submit their project photos for review and acceptance.


Cascade Engineering founder Fred Keller is the recipient of the Michigan League for Public Policy’s first Corporate Crusader Award for promoting fairness and diversity in his company’s culture and beyond.

Downtown Holland developers Geenen DeKock Properties are recipients of the Best Downtown Economic Development Project Over $1 Million Award by the Michigan Downtown Association for its recent development work on Eighth Street between River and Pine avenues and for its construction of the Ninth Street Parking Deck in downtown Holland.

National Nail announced its newly enhanced STINGER CN100B Cap Nailer received the 2019 Pro Tool Innovation Award in the Pneumatic Tools & Nailers category from  Pro Tool Innovation Awards. The CN100B features improvements in durability and performance, as well as effortless reloading and longer service life for maximum productivity on the jobsite. The STINGER CN100B shoots 1-by-.083-inch ring shank nails with full 1-inch collated plastic caps and features bumpfire and sequential modes, a 360-degree tool-free exhaust and a tool-free depth of drive adjustment.


Andrew Baker joined Macatawa Bank’s retail lending team in Holland as vice president of mortgage operations. Baker will be responsible for overseeing mortgage processing and closing.


Elzinga & Volkers promoted Kelsie Oswald to corporate safety coordinator.

Third Coast Development, owners of several mixed-use properties along the Michigan Street Medical Mile corridor, announced it signed a lease with the owners of LUNAR CYCLE to occupy nearly 2,000 square feet of ground-floor space at Third Coast’s 601 Michigan St. NE building. LUNAR CYCLE, co-owned by local attorney and entrepreneur Sara Grey and CKO Kickboxing Grand Rapids owner Shelby Reno, is scheduled to open in early 2020.

Zeeland native Vishal Arora, founder and CEO of New York City-based Magnus Capital Partners, announced his real estate investment firm is making his first investment in the Grand Rapids area with a 226-unit apartment complex at the former Studio 28 movie space on 28th Street in Wyoming. The development, called HŌM Flats at 28 West, aims to provide high-end amenities at workforce housing rental rates. The company intends to replicate the brand at other West Michigan locations in the future.


A group of Grand Rapids craft beverage producers — 22 in all — have come together to support Safe Haven Ministries’ mission of solving the problem of domestic abuse in the community. Participating breweries, wineries and distilleries each have created a new beverage named “Love.” The unique brews, ciders and cocktails will be sold at each business with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Safe Haven Ministries. The project, dubbed “Love Shouldn’t Hurt,” runs through the remainder of the year.

Thompsonville-based Iron Fish Distillery will release its first farm-distilled whiskeys, aged in their Rick House. The inaugural whiskeys, Rye Whiskey and a Straight Bourbon Whiskey, are dedicated to the Arctic Graying Research Initiative, which is focused on the successful reintroduction of the iconic Michigan grayling, extinct for nearly 100 years as a result of land use practices and overfishing in the state. The whiskeys are available at the distillery through Dec. 31 and will be in stores across the state by early winter. 


The city of Kentwood promoted Richard Roberts to chief of the Kentwood Police Department. Roberts will lead a team of nearly 95 personnel, including 70 sworn police officers. Roberts succeeds former police chief Thomas Hillen, who retired after a 40-year law enforcement career, including more than 10 years with Kentwood.

The city of Kentwood welcomed Ron Draayer to the city commission as a second ward commissioner. Draayer was elected during the Nov. 5 election.

The city of Grand Rapids invites its residents and other community stakeholders to share feedback on city services, programs, events and facilities. The community survey is available until Nov. 30. Details:


Kalamazoo-based Fabri-Kal launched a new line of recyclable dairy containers that are made from white polypropylene that are intended for yogurt, cottage cheese or pudding. Available in two 5.3-ounce styles, the containers can be customized to make products stand out. High-quality printing and shrink-body labeling options help dairy brands pop off the shelf.

People magazine’s Nov. 25 Sexiest Man Alive issue included a two-page advertising spread featuring Benton Harbor-based Maytag, announcing its Sexiest Appliance Alive campaign.


Eric Kohn was named director of communications at the Acton Institute. Kohn, who serves as director of community management at the Illinois Policy Institute, begins his work at Acton on Jan. 1. Kohn will oversee communications, marketing, public relations and media strategy for the Acton Institute

Guiding Light announced it is offering shelter from the extreme weather to those in need and asks the public to help by donating new or gently used cold-weather necessities. Monetary donations and items such as coats, gloves, hats, socks and winter boots that will help men and women who are struggling with homelessness or addiction this winter are accepted. Items can be dropped off at Guiding Light, 255 S. Division Ave.

Hope Network opened a new autism treatment facility at 1256 Walker Ave. NW. The second floor of Hope Network’s Family Life Center was redesigned to provide a unique multidisciplinary approach to autism treatment. This setup will allow teams to provide comprehensive and individualized treatment regimens designed to foster significant improvements in learning, reasoning, communication and socialization for children with autism.


Seven & Mane Salon opened for business at 4761 Lake Drive in Standale.


Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers recently presented a check for $2,308.46 in support of VetGR, made possible from customers who contributed funds by dropping change in donation boxes near the registers at four Grand Rapids-area locations.

Zeigler Motorsports renamed its in-house Kalamazoo restaurant Trak-Houz Bar & Grill. It seats 130 people across two different areas accented by nearly a dozen 45- to 70-inch flatscreens with additional availability for special events. The newly christened venue, now under Zeigler management, will replace Zeigler's Sprinkle Road Tap House, previously managed by Millennium Restaurant Group.

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