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Pfizer seeking emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine in US

Pfizer said Friday that it is asking U.S. regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine, starting the clock on a process that could bring limited first shots as early as next month and eventually an end to the pandemic — but not until after a long, hard winter.

Root Functional Medicine opens Farmacy Café in East Hills

A new doctor- and dietitian-led grab-and-go café is officially open in East Hills.

UFP Industries acquires three New England companies

UFP Industries is expanding its supply base in the construction market with the acquisition of three companies based in New Hampshire.

Autocam Medical seeking dozens of CNC machinists

A contract manufacturer of precision surgical and medical components and devices is looking to hire dozens of full-time CNC machinists.

Ford to revamp Detroit book warehouse into innovation hub

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. revealed plans Tuesday to transform a long-vacant book warehouse into a hub for automobile innovation in Detroit's oldest neighborhood.

Merrell rides wave of outdoor activity

With the great outdoors deemed a safe space now more than ever due to the pandemic, the Merrell footwear brand is seizing the opportunity to connect with new customers and increase its sales.

Velocity Research fine-tunes its business

When you’re just starting out in business, the road has plenty of bumps. When you throw in COVID-19, it becomes a wild ride.

Local startups find new funding avenue

Grand Rapids is a hotbed for startups, so it wasn’t a surprise when Michigan State University affiliate Conquer Accelerator chose five Grand Rapids-based startups that represent various industries to invest in.

Stryker completes $4B acquisition of Wright Medical

Stryker completed the previously announced acquisition of Wright Medical Group, a global medical device company focused on extremities and biologics.

Private equity firm, family offices invest in Proos Manufacturing

A group of investment firms is injecting capital into Proos Manufacturing to support the company’s “rapid growth” in domestic and international e-commerce fulfillment.

Express Pros hosting job fair for Lacks Enterprises

A local staffing firm is partnering with an area manufacturer to help it fill over 50 positions at a job fair Thursday.

Report finds Grand Rapids has largest share of manufacturing jobs in US

A new report found Grand Rapids has the most manufacturing jobs per capita of any large metropolitan area in the U.S.

National Apprenticeship Week goes virtual

A sheet metal workers union is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week across the state with Zoom meetings that will include facility tours and career information.

Whirlpool rolls out large-capacity dishwashers

Citing the rise in home cooking since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Whirlpool brand rolled out a new extra large-capacity dishwasher with a third rack.

National Flavors expands organic flavors

A producer of flavors and extracts in the region expanded its portfolio of certified organic flavors.

GM puts pandemic in rearview mirror, sales boom in US, China

DETROIT — General Motors is posting huge third-quarter numbers, pulling in $4 billion in profit over three months after losing money due to the virus outbreak.

US LBM acquires Zeeland Lumber & Supply

A distributor of specialty building materials in the Chicago area acquired a local building products dealer and manufacturer.

Trendway rolls out refreshed standard material offering

Trendway refreshed its standard material offering of fabrics, finishes, patterns and color palette inspirations.

Haviland Enterprises hires marketing manager

A manufacturer and distributor of specialty and commodity chemicals hired a new marketing manager.

Discover Manufacturing Week goes virtual for West Michigan high schoolers

Manufacturers from across the region teamed up with West Michigan Works! and Grand Valley State University film students to create a virtual Discover Manufacturing Week experience for West Michigan high school students.

Auxo Investment Partners acquires steel die maker

A local private equity firm acquired a Chicago-area manufacturer of corrugated steel rule dies.

Perrigo moving its North American HQ downtown

Perrigo is investing $44.7 million to move its North American corporate headquarters to Medical Mile in downtown Grand Rapids in a move that will create 170 jobs.

WSI Workforce Strategies Inc. hosting in-person job fair

A West Michigan staffing and recruiting firm is hosting a job fair in Grand Rapids next month on a Saturday.

MGA announces panelists for final Manufacturing Month event

Small manufacturers across the state are invited to the last event of a series being hosted by the Manufacturing Growth Alliance to celebrate Michigan’s $105-billion manufacturing industry during Manufacturing Month.

Fabri-Kal debuts sustainable containers brand

A food packaging solutions provider has rolled out a sustainable product line called Recycleware Containers.