Furniture, automotive and other major industries


Furniture industry panel discusses supply chain issues

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and West Michigan economic developers recently held their first-ever furniture industry symposium, and supply chain disruptions led the list of concerns.

WSI Workforce Strategies Inc. hosting job fair at Best Metal Products

A local staffing and recruiting agency will host a job fair this month on behalf of a maker of hydraulic cylinders.

Ex-UAW leader gets 28-month sentence for corruption scandal

DETROIT — He plotted to steal up to $1.5 million in union dues, and the money he diverted was spent on golf clubs, vacation homes, booze and lavish meals, fostering a culture of corruption within the United Auto Workers union.

Mission Design & Automation wraps $5M expansion

Mission Design & Automation is opening a new 50,000-square-foot facility next month and plans to add at least 109 high-tech jobs.

Hydro-Chem Systems named 2021 Michigan ESOP Company of the Year

A 50-year-old manufacturer of fleet and industrial cleaning solutions was chosen as Michigan’s 2021 ESOP Company of the Year.

Pop-Tarts launches dessert flavors inspired by America’s favorite treats

Pop-Tarts is calling all dessert-for-breakfast lovers with three new toaster pastry flavors inspired by some of America’s favorite sweet treats.

Autocam Medical building new $60M headquarters in Kentwood

A global contract manufacturer of precision surgical and medical components and devices is investing $60 million through 2024 to build a new global headquarters and manufacturing facility in Kentwood.

Pringles rolls out Wavy Pineapple Habanero chips

Pringles is introducing its next limited-edition chip flavor.

Whirlpool bringing Google Assistant voice notifications to connected appliances

Whirlpool Corporation is enhancing its voice-command capabilities as a launch collaborator for Google Assistant voice notifications, a new functionality available through Google’s intelligent personal assistant software.

Stellantis reveals green plans around Detroit assembly plant

DETROIT — Stellantis wants to make the area around its Detroit Assembly Complex the most environmentally friendly neighborhood in the city, the automaker announced Thursday.

Kellogg, Little Debbie partner on mashup cereal

Kellogg and Little Debbie are joining forces to transform a childhood treat into a cereal.

Wolverine Worldwide makes leadership appointments

Wolverine Worldwide promoted an employee to its executive leadership team and hired a new global brand president of Sperry.

Perrigo divests Latin American businesses

A global maker of consumer self-care products and pharmaceuticals is exiting its businesses in Brazil and Mexico.

Herman Miller launches new retail website

Furniture designer and manufacturer Herman Miller rolled out a new online purchasing experience for its customers.

Furniture leaders speak on pandemic impact

During a 15-month period with an unusual level of disruption, the West Michigan commercial furniture and design industry rebounded faster than expected, but according to three local CEOs, challenges remain.

Employers face challenges to pick up where they left off

As more and more employers reopen their workplaces after the pandemic forced them to make adjustments, they are missing one thing: employees.

Citizens finds recovery continues in Q1

The Citizens Business Conditions Index for the first quarter of the year was in “upbeat territory,” the financial institution said.

Owner sells Dienetics Inc. to Illinois buyer

The owner of a Jenison-based manufacturer sold the company to an out-of-state buyer.

Behler-Young makes pair of leadership changes

The Behler-Young board of directors announced it elected Dave DeJonge to be president of the company.

Rua M&A restructures to provide targeted customer service

A West Michigan mergers and acquisitions firm is restructuring the way it serves clients to provide a more targeted level of service.

Whirlpool commits to net zero emissions by 2030

Whirlpool Corporation made a global commitment to reach a net-zero emissions target in its plants and operations by 2030.

Pringles partners with Wendy’s on spicy chicken-flavored chip

Pringles is harnessing the flavors of Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwich in its newest limited-edition chip flavor.

Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing building wins Facility of the Year Award from ISPE

Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing’s state-of-the-art, large-scale fill-and-finish facility, designed and constructed in collaboration with CRB and opened last year, has been named a 2021 Facility of the Year Award winner by the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering.

Subaru donates 200,000 meals to Feeding America West Michigan

Feeding America West Michigan will be able to provide 200,000 more meals to people affected by COVID-19, thanks to a donation from Subaru of America.

Advantage Commercial Real Estate drops first market report

Advantage Commercial Real Estate Services LLC released its first quarterly market report since opening at the beginning of 2021.