Change Ups: O-A-K to erect school project


Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. of Kalamazoo has been hired to complete a $14 million bond project for Paw Paw Public Schools. O-A-K has been selected as construction manager for the project, with architectural partner, Kingscott Associates. The project will include district-wide remodeling, secure entry vestibules, instructional technology, additional technology infrastructure and instructional equipment. Construction will begin this month and is scheduled for completion in September 2017.


Helmholdt+Co. LLP announced the promotion of Michael M. Kornoely to principal.


Grand Rapids Art Museum announced the addition of Juliana Nahas-Viilo, membership manager.

Kent District Library director Lance Werner was appointed to the advisory board for the School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University.

Saugatuck Center for the Arts announced the election of its board of directors: chair, Thomas Farrington; vice chair, Debra Minton; treasurer, Michael Van Meter; secretary, Laura Godrey; and chair emeritus, Mary Kay Baker.


Couturier Iron Craft Inc. of Comstock Park won a Silver award in Stairs Complete Commercial and a Gold in Art/Sculpture in an international competition sponsored by the National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metal Association.

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning announced Holly Alway, Safe Kids West Michigan coordinator and injury prevention coordinator for Mercy Health Muskegon, has been named Child Passenger Safety Technician of the Year.

Writer’s Digest has awarded its 2015 Grand Prize to first-time fiction author Steve LeBel of Muskegon for his science fiction novel, “The Universe Builders: Bernie and the Putty.”


Associated Builders and Contractors announced Pioneer Construction’s work on the GVSU Mary Idema Pew Library Learning & Information Commons earned a Pyramid Award in the Institutional $25 million-$100 million category of ABC’s Excellence in Construction Awards.

Brian Wolters has joined Bazzani Building Co. as director of business development.

CSM Group of Kalamazoo announced its partnership with plastics manufacturer Fabri-Kal Corp. on a $50 million, 100,000-square-foot design and manufacturing facility in Burley, Idaho.

Vos Glass Inc. announced the retirement of longtime employee Patricia Merryweather. She joined the company in 1982 and has served in a variety of functions, including sales, safety and administration.


The Hope College Alumni Association honored graduates Jeremy Latchaw of Holland, a 2000 graduate, and Matthew Van Der Wende of Amsterdam, a 2005 graduate, with Young Alumni Awards.

Kendall College of Art and Design announced Anita Gilleo has funded an annual award for students to honor her late grandfather’s legacy. The Mathias Alten Memorial Award is available to seniors in good academic standing who demonstrate the qualities and characteristics of its namesake.

The National College Testing Association awarded Test Center Certification to Grand Rapids Community College’s Academic Testing Services office and staff based on the excellence and integrity of its services.


David M. Muilenberg of Ada has qualified for the Top of the Table of the Million Dollar Round Table — The Premier Association of Financial Professionals.


David Riemersma, president of Butterball Farms Inc. announced his resignation in order to pursue other career interests. Until a new president is appointed, CEO Mark Peters and the senior leadership team will assume his responsibilities.


Kent County Parks Foundation announced the appointment of Kate Woodhams, executive director.


The East Grand Rapids Community Foundation has awarded a $1,000 grant to the East Grand Rapids History Room to purchase, preserve and display historical items and presentations to the public at the EGR Community Center.

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra was selected by the League of American Orchestras to receive a Getty Education and Community Investment grant to develop its Kalamazoo Kids in Tune program.


Alan J. Brander, vice president of national sales at LPIT Solutions Inc., became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan has named Mary Dale, chief operating officer; Eric Perron, chief information officer; and Scott Haring, chief financial officer.


Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones attorney Elizabeth K. Bransdorfer is the recipient of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Western Region Outstanding Member Award.

Miller Johnson attorney Rebecca L. Strauss was accepted into the 2015-2016 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program.

Rhoades McKee announced Patrick B. Ellis and Joseph A. Lucas have been elected to shareholder and Nikki Cushman has joined the firm as a paralegal.


VARGO of Hilliard, Ohio, announced Spring Lake resident and Grand Rapids native Gordon Hellberg has joined the company as vice president of marketing and business development.


Baker Perkins has added Alma Erickson, aftermarket customer service representative, Dave Rhodea, engineering director, and Lori Kerlin, human resources manager.


Lambert, Edwards & Associates announced the promotion of Jeremy Bakken to senior director.

SeyferthPR has hired Leslie Kuhn as project assistant to work primarily in the media relations division.


Chow Hound Pet Supplies has pledged $20,000 in the form of a matching donation toward the construction of the new Grand Ravines Dog Park in Jenison. The project is part of a larger county park being developed just south of the GVSU Allendale campus.

Dave Martin has re-acquired Lifts Ladders and and has relocated the business from its Portage location to a new office, showroom and warehouse at 11811 Shaver Road in Schoolcraft.


Blue Medora announced the release of its newest Management Pack for Cisco Systems Inc. UCS Manager that extends the functionality of VMware vRealize Operations Manager.

i3 Business Solutions served the K-5 school Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center by setting up a computer lab.

IT Resource Inc. has hired Terry Graham, technical services manager.


The 2015 Governor’s Awards for Innovative Tourism Collaboration announced The Grand Rapids Store has won in the category of Tourism Marketing & Promotion.

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