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Buell Motorcycles revives production in Grand Rapids

Buell Motorcycles is back in action after a dozen-year hiatus with plans to roll out 10 performance bikes by 2024.

Ethisphere names Kellogg one of World’s Most Ethical Companies

Kellogg Company was the only West Michigan-headquartered company to be named to this year’s list of businesses with the most ethical practices.

Wolverine Worldwide submits PFAS remediation plan for House Street property

Wolverine Worldwide recently submitted a feasibility study to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy outlining a comprehensive plan to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances at its House Street property.

Kellogg invests $150K in talent recruitment initiative

Kellogg Company is putting $150,000 toward a talent retention and attraction initiative by the city of Battle Creek’s economic development arm.

Trendway adds independent reps in Canada

Trendway added a pair of independent sales rep groups in Ontario and Quebec, continuing its expansion into Canada.

Employers report positive outlook despite challenges

Total company sales, new product development, and plans to expand in the next three years remain strong for West Michigan Lakeshore employers despite COVID-19 challenges, according to a Lakeshore Advantage report.

Report shows economic rebound continues

The Citizens Business Conditions Index showed a second consecutive quarter of economic gains as optimism fueled by COVID-19 vaccine announcements and increased election certainty began to outweigh concerns about spiking pandemic cases.

C2Dx acquires Stryker T/Pump product line

A medical device startup acquired a line of devices that provide localized temperature therapy for pain relief and patient comfort.

Dynamic deploys conveyor for large, heavy plastic parts

A maker of custom conveyor systems rolled out a new high-impact model in its Hybrid line for the conveyance of large, heavy plastic parts.

Staffing firm hosting skilled trades job fair

The local branch of Express Employment Professionals will host a skilled trades job fair this week on behalf of more than 50 West Michigan employers.

Lacks Enterprises makes leadership changes

Lacks Enterprises named a new CEO and CFO in light of longtime CEO Richard Lacks Jr. transitioning to executive board chair.

UpT Reliability Solutions acquires Perceptive Controls

A provider of automation and controls services acquired a supplier of process control systems to municipal water/wastewater and industrial and manufacturing customers.

Byrne rolls out power branching kits for working from home

A Rockford-based provider of electrical solutions has rolled out a line of anti-fire hazard power branching kits to aid those who are working from home.

GM 2020 profit drops, but it makes $6.43B despite pandemic

DETROIT — General Motors' profit fell 4.5% in 2020, but a strong second half more than offset the effects of pandemic-related factory closures and a costly air bag recall.

Harbor Steel investing $2.4M in Holland facility expansion

A metal services company is investing over $2.4 million to expand its facility in Holland Charter Township.

GRCC, West Michigan Works! receive federal grant to build job skills

Grand Rapids Community College and West Michigan Works! were awarded a $9.8 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to lead a coalition of employers, workforce development organizations, educators and community groups in the One Workforce for West Michigan Manufacturing project.

Comerica’s Michigan Index inched higher in October

Comerica Bank’s Michigan Economic Activity Index increased for the fourth consecutive month in October, reflecting improving economic conditions prior to the current surge in coronavirus cases.

Dematic appoints new leaders of Americas region and China

A supplier of automated supply chain technology appointed new leaders to oversee its operations in the Americas and China.

Kellogg partners with Future Food-Tech on startup challenge

Kellogg Company and Future Food-Tech are inviting startups with innovative ideas for supporting digestive wellness to apply this week to compete in a pitch challenge that will be held in March.

Haviland Enterprises hires director of health, safety and environmental

A manufacturer and distributor of specialty and commodity chemicals hired a director of health, safety and environmental.

Kellogg’s introduces keto diet-friendly snack bars

Kellogg’s Special K is rolling out a new snack bar that will let those on the keto diet indulge their cravings.

WSI Workforce Strategies Inc. hosting open interviews

A staffing and recruitment firm in West Michigan will host companywide open interviews across participating branches this month.

DeWys Manufacturing launches DeWys Metal Solutions

DeWys Manufacturing recently launched a new division, DeWys Metal Solutions, which will provide customers of all sizes complete custom metal fabrication services.

Geerpres rolls out UVairo UV-C Air Sanitizer

A Muskegon manufacturer is introducing a new air sanitation system designed for use in shared indoor spaces.

Fiat Chrysler agrees to plead guilty, pay $30M in UAW probe

DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $30 million fine for a corruption scandal at the union that represents its factory workers, authorities said Wednesday.