Change-Ups: Wightman wins Michigan Concrete Association Award

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Consulting firm Wightman recently was honored by Michigan Concrete Association with the organization’s Michigan Awards of Excellence in the Structural – Transportation category for its work on the Halbert Road Culvert replacement project. The Calhoun County Road Department discovered five Halbert Road culverts over Waubascon Creek, north of the City of Battle Creek, had reached the point of critical failure and required replacement. Wightman designed and facilitated permits for a new structure that would replace the five failing culverts and would minimize environmental impacts on the surrounding wetland area. The project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget. Wightman is located in Allegan, Benton Harbor and Kalamazoo, and its services include architecture, civil engineering, environmental and surveying.

ACCOUNTING

Maner Costerisan announced the additions of Michael Nordmann, principal and chief wealth officer; Emily Harris, responsible for expanding the reach and services of the firm’s association solutions business in the association management services division; Julie Ross, director of marketing; David Henson, business development manager; Gina Vermeersch, associate in the tax department; associates in the audit department: Tessah Sperry; Trevor Polewka; Kyle Feguer; Brendan Baker; Matthew Bainor; Victoria Argyle; and Abagail Miller, associate in the accounting and outsourced department.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Driesenga & Associates Inc. has hired engineering technicians Matthew Amstutz, Justin Sherburn, Matt Pilarski and Shawn Stafford for its Kalamazoo office.

AWARDS

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation recently paid tribute to retired Grand Rapids Police Department officer Bob Wildman, one of the first officers assigned to the department’s E-Unit team in 1971, as a level three emergency medical technician. Wildman was honored for his dedicated service to the city of Grand Rapids during a virtual commemoration ceremony.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Grand Rapids-based BlueWater Partners acted as the financial adviser for Wisconsin-based manufacturer Orchid Monroe LLC’s acquisition of Carter Motor Co., a designer and manufacturer of electric motors, gear motors, rotary converters and tachometers.

EDUCATION

Ferris State University in Big Rapids announced Robert (Bobby) Fleischman, vice president for strategic business, education and regional partnerships at Minnesota State University, Mankato, will become Ferris’ next provost and vice president for academic affairs. Fleischman replaces Paul Blake who retired earlier in June. Fleischman begins his new position July 19.

Ferris State University has been named the 2020 No. 5 Nursing Informatics program by RegisteredNursing.org in its 4th Annual Nursing School Program Rankings.

The Van Andel Education Institute announced the Betty Van Andel Teachers of Excellence Awardees: Amanda Barbour, 5th grade teacher, Kentwood Public Schools; Keli Christopher, executive director/STEM Greenhouse, Grand Rapids; Eunsub Cho, science teacher, Potter’s House; Paul Deboer, 4th grade teacher, Sibley Elementary; Heather DeJonge, science teacher, Lowell High School; Cory Kavanagh, instructional specialist, Van Andel Institute; Amber Kirksey, 5th grade teacher, Gerald R. Ford Academic Center; Jon Oosterman, instructional specialist, Van Andel Institute; Patti Richardson, science teacher, Forest Hills Central; Sarah Rosema, 5th grade teacher, Sibley Elementary; Russ Wallsteadt, Health Science Academy instructor, Kent Career Technical Center; Christine Wright, 5th grade teacher, San Juan Diego Academy; Alyssa Wysocki, 4th grade teacher, Saint Stephen Catholic; Joyce Zimmer, science teacher, Greenville High School; Danielle Vallad, 5th grade teacher, Cannonsburg Elementary; Mary Ann Bridge, kindergarten teacher, St. Thomas the Apostle; Helen Gillespie, 5th grade teacher, Mulick Park Elementary; Graham Schultze, science teacher, Evergreen Christian Academy; Renee Speed, 4th grade teacher, Mulick Park Elementary; and Alyssa Wysocki, 4th grade teacher, Saint Stephen Catholic.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Kalamazoo-based Greenleaf Trust announced it has been recognized as a West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For recipient and was named 2020 Elite Award Winner for Employee Achievement and Recognition.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Holland-based New Holland Spirits has introduced a line of hard seltzers, made with Lake Life Vodka and fruit flavors.

Long Road Distillers marked its fifth anniversary with a limited release of its new Long Road Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon Whisky. A bottled-in-bond whisky must be distilled in a single distilling season for a single distillery, aged in a federally bonded warehouse for at least 4 years, and bottled at 100 proof. The Bottled-In-Bond Act of 1897 established these requirements.

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market announced the Feed the Family | Feed the Frontline initiative, a program that contributes meals to families in need and essential frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. A $15 donation feeds one health care worker or $60 feeds a family of four. For more information go to: downtownmarketgr.com/education-foundation/feed.

GRANTS

The Porter Hills Foundation has received a two-year $100,000 Community Health Impact grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to support dementia training to reduce caregiver stress and burnout for team members at LifeCircles PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly). The project also will serve family members of PACE participants as well as formal and informal care partners throughout the region.

GOVERNMENT

Most Kent County departments, offices and agencies resumed in-person services on June 15. Court operations — 17th Circuit Court, 63rd District Court and Probate — are open but remain closed to in-person services. Court staff is assisting the public by e-mail and telephone, and, to the greatest extent possible, hearings and proceedings are conducted electronically and live streamed via YouTube. Visit the county’s website for specific information on how to interact with each county department, office and agency at accesskent.com/News/covid-19.htm

HEALTH

Diversified Medical Staffing offers onsite workplace health screening services to help support the re-opening of manufacturing in Michigan. For additional information contact Kevin Hagler, (616) 901-3058 or khagler@dmshome.com.

Kent County has partnered with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Spectrum Health, the city of Grand Rapids and Meijer to develop a set of guidelines and best practices to help businesses with a thoughtful re-opening strategy. The program includes a daily health-screening tool to help employers survey the health of employees. Details: kentcountybacktowork.com.

Spectrum Health and Betty Ford Breast Care Services are open and are following the CDC guidelines for safe operations. In addition, the Betty Ford Breast Care Services Mobile Mammography Unit has expanded the number of locations on its schedule to allow more women to be screened for potential breast concerns. Call (616) 774-7998 to schedule a mammogram screening at a mobile location.

INSURANCE

AmeriHealth Caritas and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan jointly announced the appointment of Paul Loffreda as market president of Blue Cross Complete of Michigan.

LEGAL

Dickinson Wright PLLC announced the firm has received ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification, becoming the first law firm headquartered in Michigan and one of the first law firms in the world to achieve the privacy management certification.

LEISURE & RECREATION

The Michigan Agritourism Association has released the 2020 edition of Discover Michigan Farm Fun, Michigan’s Agricultural Tourism Directory, a popular guide for finding fun activities on Michigan farms. More information is available at michiganfarmfun.com/getadirectory.asp.

NONPROFITS

Guiding Light again has been awarded a Platinum Seal of Transparency by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on U.S. nonprofits. The Platinum designation is the highest level bestowed by GuideStar, a designation shared by less than two dozen of the more than 2,300 nonprofits GuideStar tracks in the greater Grand Rapids area.

Mel Trotter Ministries has been awarded a grant for an undisclosed amount by the Saint Mary’s Foundation to offer telehealth services to the homeless, who will receive accessible medical care onsite by removing barriers that hinder them from receiving care. Services will be billed through insurance and those without insurance will be guided to resources in the community to receive health insurance.

REAL ESTATE

Rockford Property Management, a division of Rockford Construction, announced it has assumed property management responsibilities at the historic McKay Tower in downtown Grand Rapids. Built in 1890 in the heart of the city, the building has undergone many additions, developments and renovations as the city’s population has grown and the building has added new tenants. The McKay Tower partnership represents a co-investment by the economic development arms of two Native American Tribes based in Michigan. The Tower was purchased in 2020 by tribally-owned Gun Lake Investments and Waséyabek Development Company LLC from Steadfast Property Holdings for $17.5 million.

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