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Gentex to open satellite facility in Grand Rapids

A Zeeland-based auto supplier plans to expand its operations with a new West Michigan facility.

Local hospital supply company debuts newest innovation in medical storage

A new scope drying and storage system from a West Michigan manufacturer will hope to minimize patient infection. 

Rolar Products expands, relocates to new Muskegon facility

A Muskegon-based provider of precision machined parts will expand its operations with a new facility.

Kellogg’s sustainable rice farming pilot yields positive results

A Battle Creek-based breakfast food and snack maker recently shared an update on a new rice farming initiative.

Steelcase partners with UK manufacturer to combat health care-associated infections

A new partnership between a Grand Rapids-based furniture and design company and a portable partition manufacturer plans to help increase patient and provider safety in hospitals. 

As auto shops struggle to get chips, broken cars sit waiting for months

When the transmission control module on Jordan Gray's 2017 Ford Focus gave up the ghost, he never dreamed he'd end up forfeiting the car altogether — and certainly not for want of a semiconductor chip.

Steelcase launches Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home office furniture

A Grand Rapids-based furniture and design company unveiled a new work-from-home-inspired collection through a historic collaboration.

Mill Steel enters stainless, aluminum markets through acquisition

A local distributor of flat-rolled steel products expanded into new markets with a recent acquisition.

Snack company opens North American headquarters in Kentwood

A Greek snack food manufacturer unveiled its first North American facility.

Study: EV drivers pay less toward roads, likely create more wear and tear

Electric vehicle drivers pay around 70-80 % of what owners of traditional vehicles pay toward Michigan roads and bridges and likely put more wear and tear on pavement because EVs are about 1,000 pounds heavier, according to a study released Tuesday.

Calder Capital assists GR buyer in Pro Mold and Die acquisition

A local mergers and acquisitions firm led the sale of an Illinois-based manufacturer to a buyer in the region.

Kellogg Company earns FDA approval for new vitamin D regulations

A food maker in the region earned acceptance for a petition aimed at boosting vitamin D fortification.

Haworth launches new DesignLab ahead of 75th anniversary

As a local office furniture manufacturer approaches an anniversary milestone, the company is seeking to honor the past while welcoming innovative ideas for the future.

Third generation looks to grow Bridgville Plastics in West Michigan

T.J. Moneta always figured he'd join the family plastics molding business.

Kamps Inc. grows with 15th acquisition

Already one of the nation’s largest pallet companies, Grand Rapids-based Kamps Inc. is expanding with a major acquisition.

Michigan among top three states for EV battery production

A new report suggests Michigan is among the nation’s key players for electric vehicle battery manufacturing. The U.S. Department of Energy last week highlighted EV...

Merrell names VP of sales

A major shoe brand in West Michigan has a new sales executive.

Lakeshore Advantage celebrates last year’s developments

Development along the lakeshore continues to cruise forward.

Medical manufacturer sets goals to become environmentally friendly

A medical manufacturer has completed its goal of carbon reduction two years ahead of its set deadline.

RoMan Manufacturing appoints new president

A local maker of industrial power conversion solutions recently named its new leader.

Hiring, innovation remain key manufacturing priorities

According to local leaders, the state of manufacturing in 2023 likely will reflect similar obstacles and opportunities as 2022.

Stryker hits carbon reduction target, commits to 100% renewable energy by 2027

A medical device manufacturer reached a sustainability milestone sooner than planned.

Lakeshore companies have positive outlook

Employers on the lakeshore said they had a great 2022 and have big plans for the next three years.

Glass manufacturer moves to accommodate growth

Vos Glass is growing into a new headquarters.

Kellogg incorporates NaviLens tech for accessible cereal packaging

A food maker in the region will incorporate new technology into its breakfast cereal packaging to make shopping more accessible for people with blindness or low vision.