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6 Michigan Industries With A Good Economic Outlook

Knowing which industries have a good economic outlook can help you to make savvy career choices. Whether you’re starting out or you’re thinking about your next promotion, choosing a sector or specialty that’s primed for growth can provide you with job security and lucrative opportunities. Similarly, if you’re a budding entrepreneur and you dream of […]

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Cooper-Standard’s new Northville headquarters sells for $42 million

Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc.’s new Northville headquarters building has sold for $42 million to a New York City-based buyer. Northville Township public records list REIS-Northville LLC, registered to David Schostak of Livonia-based developer and landlord Schostak Bros. & Co., as the seller of the building at 40300 Traditions last month and Hamilton Northville LLC, which has […]

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Two West Michigan businesses to expand, bring 319 jobs to the area

Two West Michigan companies, Gen3 Defense & Aerospace and Blackmer, are expected to expand their operations in Grand Rapids, bringing 319 jobs and $15.5 million investment to the area. The expansions were announced Wednesday by The Right Place and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Gen3 Defense & Aerospace, an engineering company with a focus […]

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Coca-Cola to close Detroit plant by year’s end, idle up to 131

Great Lakes Coca-Cola Bottling is closing its Detroit facility by the end of the year as it consolidates operations with its Grand Rapids site, officials said Wednesday. Up to 131 employees at the plant are expected to lose their jobs. “After careful consideration, we made the difficult decision to consolidate our Detroit production operations into […]

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Auto supplier Lear to create hundreds of jobs at old Cadillac Stamping site

Auto supplier Lear Corp. said Friday that it plans to set up a seat manufacturing operation with “hundreds” of new jobs at the location of the former Cadillac Stamping Plant on Detroit’s east side. The Southfield-based supplier would presumably be a tenant in the new $48 million, 684,000-square-foot manufacturing center that is planned for the 43-acre site at 9501 Conner St. The center is […]

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Ford to build $100 million Ion Park battery lab in Romulus with tax breaks

Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday said its Ion Park battery lab, first revealed in April, will be based in Romulus at an existing facility. The automaker on Tuesday received approval from the Michigan Strategic Fund to transfer an existing Renaissance Zone that had been utilized by A123 Systems Inc. to help establish the 200,000-square-foot facility, which Ford […]

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Car wash company building $30M headquarters in Holland

VisionQuest Companies plans to begin construction this month on a a $30 million headquarters near the corner of M-40 and Waverly Road. VisionQuest, which owns car wash companies and manufactures car wash equipment, says the new building is expected to be complete by fall 2022. It includes 75,000 square feet of office space and a […]

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TriMas in Bloomfield Hills Expands Packaging Business with New Ohio Facility

Bloomfield Hills-based TriMas Corp. announced today that Rieke Packaging Systems, part of the TriMas Packaging Group, is expanding its North American manufacturing presence by building a 230,000-square-foot facility in New Albany, Ohio, with operations set to commence in the second quarter of 2022. The new facility will be located near Rieke’s current New Albany manufacturing […]

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Eastland Center developer also aims to develop GM’s Warren Transmission Plant site

The developer who earlier Thursday confirmed its plans to tear down the Eastland Center mall in Harper Woods is also attempting to buy and redevelop General Motors Co.‘s idled Warren Transmission Plant, Crain’s has learned. Riverside, Mo.-based developer Northpoint Development LLC has the 123-acre site at 23500 Mound Road under contract to purchase, with the deal expected to […]

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McLouth Steel plant demolition done; now Moroun family looks to market site

A real estate development company owned by the Moroun family has completed a massive two-year-long demolition of the once sprawling McLouth Steel plant complex along the Detroit River in Trenton. Crown Enterprises Inc., the Warren-based real estate development arm of the Moroun family’s business interests, is now looking to market the 260-acre piece of riverfront […]

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Flex-N-Gate to invest $52 million, create 245 jobs in Troy

Flex-N-Gate to invest $52 million, create 245 jobs in Troy

Flex-N-Gate Group plans to invest $52 million and add 245 new jobs in Troy, where it is building out a new 205,000-square-foot plant. The Illinois-based tier one auto supplier will produce sequenced plastic fascias and welded underbody rear rails in the former AxleTech plant at 1400 Rochester Road, according to a Thursday news release from […]

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First Solar plant could boost industry — if feds assist

Excitement enveloped greater Toledo two weeks ago as executives of First Solar Inc. said they intend to construct a 1.8 million-square-foot plant — their third high-tech solar panel-making operation in northern Wood County — starting in the second half of this year. Politicians and economic development officials alike were thrilled by the decision that should […]

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Wisconsin manufacturer bringing new plant, jobs to Hazel Park instead of Romulus

Signature Asssociates was proud to be a part of this transaction. Wisconsin-based Mayville Engineering Co. has changed the location of a previously announced plant to Hazel Park, where it plans to invest up to $45 million and hire 390 employees. The contract manufacturer previously said it would invest $51.5 million to set up in a former A123 […]

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Mission Design & Automation wraps $5M expansion

Mission Design & Automation is opening a new 50,000-square-foot facility next month and plans to add at least 109 high-tech jobs. The Holland-based custom industrial automation and robotics integrator Mission Design & Automation said last week that it is completing a new facility at 9696 Black River Court in Holland that will house office and manufacturing space […]

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Autocam Medical building new $60M headquarters in Kentwood

A global contract manufacturer of precision surgical and medical components and devices is investing $60 million through 2024 to build a new global headquarters and manufacturing facility in Kentwood. Kentwood-based manufacturer Autocam Medical said Wednesday that it is investing $60 million through 2024 to expand its manufacturing footprint and capability in West Michigan with a new 100,000-square-foot […]

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First Solar to build 3rd plant, add 500 jobs

Displaying high confidence in the U.S. solar industry in general and northwest Ohio specifically, solar panel maker First Solar Inc. said it will invest $680 million to build a third factory in the Toledo area by 2023, doubling its production capacity and creating 500 jobs. First Solar, headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., said construction of the […]

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Peloton to build first U.S. factory in Wood County

Peloton Interactive Inc., which makes a popular line of high-end exercise equipment including stationary bicycles, has chosen Wood County’s Troy Township as the location for its first U.S. factory, a one-million-square-foot manufacturing plant that will cost $400 million and employ nearly 2,200 workers. Construction of the state-of-the-art Peloton plant is expected to begin this summer […]

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Auto supplier in Williams Co. to invest $4.5 million, create 104 new jobs

Matsu Ohio, a parts supplier that makes seat panels, door panels, and a variety of other metal products for the auto industry, will make a $4.5 million investment to expand its Williams County operations, adding 104 new jobs. The company said its investment in new machinery and equipment will help it take on more business […]

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Toledo area reinventing itself, one factory at a time

Less than a month ago, the city of Toledo formally took title to a parcel of land at 1110 Hastings Ave. — the final piece in its long-sought acquisition of the former Champion Spark Plug plant on Upton Avenue. The Champion property has been vacant and undeveloped for more than 20 years. The acquisition, however, […]

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Woodward Inc. expanding operations in Zeeland

A Colorado company is expanding its facility in Zeeland to make room for an innovative approach to aerospace manufacturing. Fort Collins, Colorado-based Woodward Inc. is converting a previous warehouse space into an industrialized space that will be dedicated to additive manufacturing, according to the Lakeshore Advantage on Wednesday. The economic development agency helped Woodward secure an industrial […]

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Pfizer breaks ground on $465M production facility

Pfizer broke ground Wednesday on its $465 million pharmaceutical production facility at its campus in Portage. The New York-based drugmaker broke ground 1 p.m. Wednesday on a modular aseptic processing (MAP) facility at 7171 Portage Road in Portage that will initially manufacture the pain medicine known as Dynastat, which is supplied to several international countries, […]

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$6M coming for development of new industrial park on Jackson County farmland

An industrial development project in Blackman Township is one step closer to breaking ground after getting a nearly $6 million investment from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The funds will help develop infrastructure around Jackson Technology Park North, a 181-acre plot of farmland along County Farm Road. The Blackman Township Local Development Financing Authority purchased […]

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US manufacturing activity jumps to 3-year high in February

US manufacturing activity jumps to 3-year high in February

U.S. manufacturing expanded in February at the fastest pace three years with the arrival of a surge in new orders. The Institute for Supply Management reported Monday that its gauge of manufacturing activity rose to a reading of 60.8% last month, 2.1 percentage-points above the January level of 58.7%. It was the strongest performance since […]

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GM to Invest $75M in Toledo Transmission Plant

GM to Invest $75M in Toledo Transmission Plant

Detroit-based General Motors Co. has announced it will invest $75 million in its Toledo transmission manufacturing plant. Work on the upgrades is now underway. The investment will increase the plant’s capacity to build 10-speed automatic transmissions that are used in GM’s full-size truck products including the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. “Through this investment, we […]

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Libbey to invest $30 million in Toledo operations

Libbey to invest $30 million in Toledo operations

Libbey Glass LLC has announced it will maintain its Toledo operations, add a stemware line, and remain headquartered in the city. With the assistance from JobsOhio, the company plans to invest nearly $30 million over the next four years for those purposes, according to a business announcement released Monday by the Regional Growth Partnership. “We […]

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St. Clair sells 65 acres of industrial park to auto-parts manufacturer

St. Clair sells 65 acres of industrial park to auto-parts manufacturer

St. Clair officials finalized a sale for most of the city’s industrial park this week with an auto-parts manufacturing subsidiary of Canadian company Magna International. But the deal is a little less than what was initially discussed, and officials remain mum on the company’s plans. City Council members OK’d the purchase agreement with Dieomatic Incorporated, […]

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Herman Kiefer developer touts site for innovation hub, medical technology complex

Herman Kiefer developer touts site for innovation hub, medical technology complex

A developer for the former Herman Kiefer hospital site is marketing the sprawling grounds for a potential innovation hub, garment manufacturing or medical technology complex. Ron Castellano, managing member of Herman Kiefer Development LLC, on Thursday shared his vision for a “commercial, job-generating campus” across the 11 buildings on the 860,000-square-foot site. During an annual update on […]

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Industrial space remains hard to find

Industrial space remains hard to find

According to the third quarter market reports from NAI Wisinski West Michigan, the industrial sector is pushing through COVID-19 territory thanks to Michigan’s strong manufacturing backbone, but the region may have yet to see the long-term effects of the pandemic on other real estate sectors. It’s still too early to determine the damage COVID will […]

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International Packaging Company Coming To Northwest Ohio

International Packaging Company Coming To Northwest Ohio

Logoplaste has announced plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Lima, Ohio. With headquarters in Portugal, Logoplaste will construct a 100,000 square-foot facility for plastic injection molding of food grade containers. The new $35 million project will add at least 50 new jobs at the Allen County site. “Proximity to a recognized regional plastics […]

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Wacker Chemical Corporation to build headquarters near Ann Arbor

Wacker Chemical Corporation to build headquarters near Ann Arbor

A chemical company is building a new innovation center and regional headquarters in the Ann Arbor area. Wacker Chemical Corporation is investing in a nearly 14-acre site at 4950 S. State St. in Pittsfield Township. The North American Innovation Center and Regional Headquarters will house 300 employees, including those in its Adrian headquarters and 70 […]

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Pfizer prepares Kalamazoo plant to manufacture COVID-19 vaccine

Pfizer prepares Kalamazoo plant to manufacture COVID-19 vaccine

A spokesman for Pfizer said the company is getting its Kalamazoo facility ready to manufacture a COVID-19 vaccine that might soon be ready for federal approval. Andy Widger, the senior director of global communications for Pfizer, said the company hopes to submit a vaccine candidate for federal approval by late October 2020. After the vaccine […]

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Popular Michigan snack company Better Made celebrates 90 years

Popular Michigan snack company Better Made celebrates 90 years

Detroit’s last-standing chip manufacturer is 90 years old. Better Made Snack Foods is marking its 90th anniversary this year with a continued commitment to the city where it was founded, quality products and constant innovation to bring new flavors to customers, according to a company news release. The family-owned company was founded in 1930, as […]

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Plexiglass, plastics in high demand during pandemic

Plexiglass, plastics in high demand during pandemic

Business is booming for area plastics manufacturers producing products to combat the coronavirus pandemic, and sales would likely be even higher if materials were easier to find. With restaurants and schools trying to operate in the “new normal,” demand is high for items like plexiglass. The transparent thermoplastic is a popular choice to create barriers […]

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Michigan Scores Eight Top 10s in National Business Rankings

Michigan Scores Eight Top 10s in National Business Rankings

Michigan is No. 1 in automotive manufacturing strength, according to the recent rankings by Business Facilities magazine, but the Great Lakes State also scored top-10 honors in seven other categories. The state was in the top 10 in manufacturing output percentage of GNP (No. 3), manufacturing employment (No. 4), foreign direct investments (No. 5), opportunity zones (No. […]

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Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing opens $60M fill-and-finish facility

Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing opens $60M fill-and-finish facility

A parenteral contract development and manufacturing organization for the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries completed its 20-month, $60 million expansion. Grand Rapids-based Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing (GRAM) today hosted a private grand opening for its new 61,500-square-foot injectable fill-and-finish facility that is the fifth building in GRAM’s footprint and its third fill-and-finish facility. It is located at […]

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Heidtman Steel Products invests $9.1 million in expansion, adds 65 jobs

Heidtman Steel Products invests $9.1 million in expansion, adds 65 jobs

Heidtman Steel Products, Inc., a Toledo-based processor of flat-rolled steel, is expanding its operations in Bedford Township and the city of Bedford Township to create a new steel tubing operation that is expected to create 65 jobs when finished. Heidtman, which has nine steel processing facilities in four Great Lakes states, is backing a new […]

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Michigan Moves Up 19 Spots in Chief Executive Magazine’s Best and Worst States for Business List

Michigan Moves Up 19 Spots in Chief Executive Magazine’s Best and Worst States for Business List

Michigan is now No. 13 in Chief Executive magazine’s 16th annual Best and Worst States for Business survey, released this week. The state jumped 19 spots, one of the biggest single-year moves in the ranking’s history. According to Chief Executive, CEOs who selected Michigan as the best state for doing business cited the workforce, regulatory environment, overall favorable business […]

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Manufacturing back to work, but it can only do so much

Manufacturing back to work, but it can only do so much

Michigan manufacturers return to work Monday. But how many employees come back remains a question as demand is still likely muted and Michigan’s manufacturing sector plays a smaller role in the state’s economy. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced May 7 that manufacturers could resume operations on May 11, catering to auto industry demands that would facilitate automakers starting […]

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Lear publishes ‘playbook’ for reopening factories in the age of COVID-19

Lear publishes ‘playbook’ for reopening factories in the age of COVID-19

As COVID-19 deaths continue to rise in Michigan and the U.S., the underlining question is less when nonessential employees get back to work — when the virus is contained — but how. Southfield-based Lear Corp. released Monday a guide called “Safe Work Playbook” outlining protocols and procedures on how employers can resume operations when it […]

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Detroit steps in again to offer manufacturing might in coronavirus fight

Detroit steps in again to offer manufacturing might in coronavirus fight

RCO Engineering typically manufactures interior components for General Motors, Lear and other automotive suppliers at its Roseville manufacturing campus. But now it’s making hospital face shields — ramping up from 3,500 per day Friday to 30,000 per day by April 2. RCO is one of 600 Michigan companies heeding the call to assist in the […]

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Steel Manufacturing Company Coming to Northwest Ohio

Steel Manufacturing Company Coming to Northwest Ohio

A premier steel manufacturing company has announced plans to open a new pipe and tube production facility in Northwest Ohio. Nova Tube & Steel, LLC will install two new tube mills in Delta, Ohio creating 100 new jobs in the Fulton County community. The new facility will produce hollow structural sections (HSS) and standard pipe. […]

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Key development projects slated to impact Downriver in the years ahead

Key development projects slated to impact Downriver in the years ahead

The Detroit Regional Partnership, an economic development nonprofit, held the Downriver Economic Development Summit on Monday, where a number of new projects impacting the region were discussed. Gordie Howe International Bridge The Gordie Howe International Bridge soon will give travelers a new route between the United States and Canada. An agreement for the new bridge […]

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Old Fort manufacturer plans expansion, 60 new jobs to be created

Old Fort manufacturer plans expansion, 60 new jobs to be created

A major manufacturer of household packaged goods plans to invest $38 million to expand its plant in Old Fort in Seneca County, the Regional Growth Partnership said Tuesday. Church & Dwight Co. Inc. of Ewing, N.J., said it will expand its production and warehouse space to make room for new product lines, creating 60 jobs […]

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Grand Rapids ranks No. 3 among large cities for ‘thriving’ manufacturing

Grand Rapids ranks No. 3 among large cities for ‘thriving’ manufacturing

Grand Rapids was ranked third among large cities where manufacturing is “thriving,” according to a new study. AdvisorSmith, a financial services advisory startup based in New York, ranked Grand Rapids at No. 3 over other large cities such as Hartford, Connecticut; Greenville, South Carolina; Detroit; and San Francisco. According to the report, manufacturing output per […]

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GM bids to buy land for a new battery factory in Lordstown

GM bids to buy land for a new battery factory in Lordstown

General Motors wants to build a new battery factory in Lordstown, Ohio, right next door to its former car assembly plant that it shuttered and sold last year. The automaker said it has a purchase agreement to buy a 158-acre vacant site in Trumbull County, Ohio. It is land GM once owned, but surrendered during its 2009 bankruptcy. GM is also in discussions with Village […]

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GM, LG Chem to build battery-cell plant in northeast Ohio

GM, LG Chem to build battery-cell plant in northeast Ohio

General Motors Co. and LG Chem will invest $2.3 billion in northeast Ohio to build a battery-cell manufacturing plant, the companies announced Thursday. The joint venture in the area of the former GM Lordstown Assembly plant will break ground in mid-2020. More than 1,100 new jobs will be created through the investment in the region that was rattled when […]

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Cascade looks into relocating office

Cascade looks into relocating office

Cascade Township officials are exploring the use of a vacant manufacturing headquarters as a potential site for a consolidated township office. The township board signed an agreement with an option to purchase the property at 5920 Tahoe Drive SE from Tahoe Associates LLC after the successful completion of a due-diligence period ending Dec. 12. If […]

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California’s Motiv Power Systems Secures $60M Investment to Establish Detroit Operations

California’s Motiv Power Systems Secures $60M Investment to Establish Detroit Operations

California’s Motiv Power Systems, a supplier of all-electric medium-duty chassis for buses and trucks, has secured $60 million in equity funding to open a new engineering and manufacturing facility in Detroit. The Series B round of investment was led by investors GMAG Holdings Corp. and Winnebago Industries and will support the overall growth of the […]

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East Toledo iron plant on track to open next summer

East Toledo iron plant on track to open next summer

Ten days ago workers finished erecting the 457-foot furnace reactor tower at the hot briquette iron manufacturing plant under construction in East Toledo, officially making it the tallest structure in the city. So on Wednesday, the plant’s owner, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., decided it was time to provide a progress update on the $830 million plant by holding an […]

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Michigan’s attractiveness grows among aerospace manufacturers

Michigan’s attractiveness grows among aerospace manufacturers

Michigan is the most attractive state in the Midwest for new aerospace manufacturing businesses. That’s according to a recent report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a global consulting firm. The annual rankings report, which also raised the state from 8th nationally in 2018 to fourth in the 2019 report, cited the state’s “favorable corporate tax structure” and […]

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M&A remains active among West Michigan manufacturers

M&A remains active among West Michigan manufacturers

When Grand Rapids-based Multi-Automatic Tool and Supply Co. started searching for prospective acquisitions several years ago, the move came as a reaction to many of the company’s customers buying directly from small shops.  Convinced that he needed to diversify his business in order to compete, President James Byl went looking for opportunities, but it took a few […]

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Large industrial building in Grand Rapids has new owner

Large industrial building in Grand Rapids has new owner

A large, industrial building on Grand Rapids’ Southeast Side that formerly housed a company that manufactured products used to display retail merchandise has a new owner. A company affiliated with Kojaian, a Bloomfield Hills-based realty company specializing in office, industrial, high-tech and retail spaces, purchased the 925,000-square-foot building, which is located south of 36th Street […]

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Buyer in the wings for Monclova Township site resembles Temperance firm

Buyer in the wings for Monclova Township site resembles Temperance firm

The city of Toledo is close to a deal to sell 50 acres in Monclova Township to a mystery company from Michigan that would use the land for a corporate headquarters, manufacturing facility, and distribution warehouse. The company would be relocating 150 employees and could add another 50 within two years of completing the facility […]

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Furniture supplier planning new facility

Furniture supplier planning new facility

A manufacturer of adjustable-height table bases is considering building a new production facility in the area. J-Star Motion Corporation is looking to build a 275,000-square-foot facility that would create 50 jobs, according to federal grant application documents. The facility would be constructed on a portion of 55 acres of undeveloped land at 725 and 730 […]

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GM will sink $150 million in truck production at Flint Assembly

GM will sink $150 million in truck production at Flint Assembly

General Motors will invest $150 million in equipment at its Flint truck plant to rev up production of its new Chevy Silverado and other vehicles. GM President Mark Reuss made the announcement at a news conference at Flint Assembly on Wednesday, June 12, the automaker’s second major expansion of its full-size pickup production capacity this […]

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Italian automotive supplier plans new manufacturing plant in Detroit

Italian automotive supplier plans new manufacturing plant in Detroit

An Italian automotive supplier plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Detroit. Tiberina Group, a supplier of body-in-white and metal stampings for the auto industry, acquired 10 acres of land at the former American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings site on Holbrook Drive on the city’s border with Hamtramck. Tiberina purchased the land from Cleveland-based […]

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Farmington Hills’ Dembs Development Constructing Facility in Novi for Sweden’s Hexagon

Farmington Hills’ Dembs Development Constructing Facility in Novi for Sweden’s Hexagon

Dembs Development in Farmington Hills has started construction on a two-story, 88,000-square-foot Technology Center of Excellence at the Beck North Corporate Park in Novi. The facility will be used by Stockholm Sweden-based Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division and is slated for completion in the fourth quarter of 2019. The division is a global company specializing in […]

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Macomb County Tops Country for Manufacturing Job Growth

Macomb County Tops Country for Manufacturing Job Growth

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that Macomb County is the top county in the nation for the creation of new manufacturing jobs. The county saw an increase of 9,118 manufacturing jobs between the fourth quarter of 2016 and the second quarter of 2018. Macomb County is followed by Alameda County, […]

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