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Manufacturing Growth Alliance hones priorities

A 1-year-old alliance designed to fill an advocacy and support gap for second-stage manufacturers in Michigan is finding its footing amid the disruption of 2020.

Kellogg beats greenhouse gas reduction goal

Kellogg Company met its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target ahead of schedule in its manufacturing plants.

UV Angel signs manufacturing deal with Corning

A pathogen control technology maker in Grand Haven is partnering with Corning to scale its clean air products line.

Hudsonville Ice Cream adds limited-edition fall flavor

A local ice cream maker is debuting its next limited-edition flavor in time for fall.

Private equity firm acquires Cheeze Kurls Inc.

A local snack food manufacturer was acquired by the private equity firm Kilroy Partners.

Interphase, Haworth reveal details of West Side design hub

Haworth dealer Interphase Interiors last week unveiled its plan to move its entire operations to a new, $5 million global design hub that’s under construction on Leonard Street NW.

Haworth CFO retiring; successor named

The chief financial officer at Haworth is retiring after 15 years of leadership and will be replaced by a longtime colleague.

Root Functional Medicine opening commercial kitchen, café

A “food as medicine” company is taking its healthy meal service to the next level in a new commercial kitchen and café.

WSI Workforce Strategies Inc. hosting job fair

A staffing and recruiting firm in the area is hosting an upcoming hiring event in Kalamazoo.

Kellogg providing 1.3 million meals for Hurricane Laura relief

Kellogg Company committed to providing over 1.3 million servings of food to support those impacted by Hurricane Laura.

US agency posts online map to track autonomous vehicle tests

DETROIT — If you've ever seen one of those self-driving vehicles with strange equipment on the roof and wondered where it's going, then there's a website for you.

Proos Manufacturing tests its mettle

Proos Manufacturing has come a long way from its roots as a cookie die and casket hardware maker.

Creston Industrial Sales hits its stride

Creston Industrial Sales is setting an ambitious goal to double its revenue in the next five years, and the company’s new president said he is confident in its ability to succeed.

Group hopes to plow path for cannabis growers

A Michigan association is trying to accelerate the timeframe for some potential entrepreneurs to get into the growing portion of the adult-use cannabis industry.

Ford cutting 1,400 US salaried jobs with retirement offers

DEARBORN — Ford Motor Co. will offer early retirement incentives with hopes of cutting its U.S. white-collar workforce by 1,400 more positions.

Haviland Enterprises makes structural leadership changes

A local chemical manufacturer promoted several employees as part of a restructuring.

Scholarships to help GRCC students pursue welding career

Grand Rapids Community College was one of three schools in the country to each receive a $100,000 joint grant from Rockford-based Wolverine Worldwide and Metallica Scholars to help students with workforce training and career skills.

Kellogg’s partners on Minecraft-themed cereal

Kellogg’s and Minecraft are tapping into gamers’ love of building, mining and exploring with a new Minecraft-themed cereal.

Steelcase achieves carbon neutrality, sets new goals

Steelcase is setting 2030 carbon negative goals in line with the Paris Agreement after announcing Tuesday that the company already achieved carbon neutrality for its own operations.

Hudsonville Ice Cream launches $35M expansion

Hudsonville Ice Cream is breaking ground on a massive cold storage distribution hub that will span nearly 160,000 square feet of space when completed.

Former Perrigo employee pleads guilty to stealing

Laura Arlene Barnett could face up to 10 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to stealing more than 470 items of equipment, parts, and supplies worth approximately $414,000 and sold them on eBay.

Waséyabek Development Company acquires Re-source Industries

A tribally owned holding company and economic development organization acquired a family-owned manufacturer in Muskegon.

WSI Workforce Strategies Inc. opens seventh office with job fair

A staffing and recruiting firm in the region is opening its fifth Michigan office and seventh overall.

Pro-Vision rolls out Touchless IR Thermometer

Byron Center-based Pro-Vision Video Systems released the new Touchless IR Thermometer for simple temperature screening on school buses and before entering buildings to detect potential health hazards and prevent COVID-19 exposure.

Byrne Electrical rolls out powered workspace divider

A manufacturer of power and data solutions produced a new partition with in-built power sources to provide safety and connectivity for open workspaces.