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BIFMA launches online training portal

The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) rolled out an online training portal for delivering accreditation courses to members.

Japanese pharmaceutical company acquires local drug developer for $500M

A Grand Rapids-based drug company signed an agreement to be acquired by a Japanese pharmaceutical company, including the rights to a drug in development for treating Alzheimer’s disease.

Holding company acquires packaging manufacturer

A family-owned holding company in the region acquired an out-of-state packaging manufacturer.

GHSP launching COVID-19 UV-C disinfecting tech (update)

A West Michigan technology manufacturer is launching a new line of UV-C treatment lights for disinfecting emergency service vehicles.

Wolverine Worldwide appoints brand president

Wolverine Worldwide appointed a new president to oversee its women’s lifestyle and sneaker brand.

Manufacturing trade show postponed until 2021

The Advanced Manufacturing Expo (AME) shows in Grand Rapids and Detroit were postponed until July 2021.

SoundOff Signal signs partnership deal

A local maker of vehicle lighting and control systems has a new technology partner in Ireland.

Dynamic Conveyor rolls out specialty line

A conveyor manufacturer is launching a line of specialty conveyors built to handle items that traditional lines can’t.

Brothers Leather Supply Co. shifts to custom branded goods

A company that makes leather goods is shifting to a custom-branded products model for other businesses.

Wolverine Worldwide names new brand president

Wolverine Worldwide selected a new president for its “work and rugged casual” footwear brand.

Battery supplier donates over 50,000 masks

Holland-based LG Chem Michigan Inc. announced it donated over 50,000 masks to local and state first responders.

Kellogg debuts birthday-inspired Pop-Tarts

A fresh new, birthday-inspired Pop-Tarts snack is about to hit the shelves at area retailers.

Manufacturer develops contact tracing solution

Fleetwood Group is rolling out a technology solution to help prevent employees from spreading COVID-19 while on the job.

Gill Industries takes next steps in consolidation

Gill Industries is a few steps closer to wrapping up its four-year consolidation plan.

PADNOS launches staffing agency

As a company that prides itself on its flexibility and innovation, PADNOS has launched a staffing firm that provides employee labor to customers that need it.

Furniture dealer leans into the future of work

Knowing life won’t just resume “business as usual” after the economy reopens, a local furniture dealer is working to help companies shift their floor plans and/or provide remote workers with home office furnishings.

The Right Place launches PPE supplier directory

West Michigan’s economic development agency launched a directory of businesses that are supplying in-demand personal protective equipment.

West Michigan Works! hosting remote job fair

A workforce development agency will conduct phone interviews this week as it seeks to help more than 30 West Michigan employers fill over 100 positions.

Kellogg’s rolls out snack-sized versions of cereals

A bunch of classic Kellogg’s cereal varieties are available as “jumbo-size” snacks.

Partners create problem-solving ventilator splitter

Kentwood-based Autocam Medical partnered with researchers at the University of Michigan and a 3D printing company to develop a device that allows ventilators to safely treat two patients at once.
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Staffing firm hosting virtual job fair (update)

Express Employment Professionals of Grand Rapids is hosting a virtual hiring event next week on behalf of local employers looking to fill “hundreds” of positions.

Gill Industries auctioning off Bond plant assets

Gill Industries will hold an online auction this week to sell millions of dollars’ worth of equipment from a Grand Rapids plant it is winding down.

Hudsonville Ice Cream rolls out limited-edition flavors

A locally based ice cream maker is releasing a new flavor and bringing back a prior favorite in celebration of summer.

X-Rite, Pantone offer free ‘color management’ courses

To assist remote workers who review and approve color standards for their companies, a pair of local businesses are offering free e-learning courses for a limited time.

Pfizer dosing first US participants in COVID-19 vaccine test

A drug maker in the region, in partnership with an immunotherapy company, dosed the first U.S. patients in a clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine.