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Change Ups: Holland’s terminal triples yard size

September 4, 2015
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Holland Terminal

Holland’s new 55,000-square-foot trucking terminal features 110 dock doors, a 17,000-square-foot maintenance building and 6,000 square feet of office space. The $11 million facility is located on 22 acres at 10151 Division Ave. SW, Wayland, and will accommodate approximately 180 employees with an anticipated increase of about 5 percent each year. First Companies found the new location and managed construction of the terminal, which triples the yard size of what Holland had in Wyoming.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Fleis & VandenBrink announced the promotions of Jeffrey Pugh, who will lead the process design group, and Richard Grant, who will head the newly formed water resources specialties group. Also, the firm has hired at its Grand Rapids office senior construction manager Jerry Fleis and environmental engineer-in-training Elizabeth M. Girgen.

Disher in Zeeland has hired Sam Passenger and Shawn O’Farrell, manufacturing engineers, and Shawna Vite, talent engineer.

ASSOCIATIONS

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors – West Michigan Chapter announced the election of its officers: president, Matthew Lehman; president-elect, Scott Embree; executive secretary, Carol Dodge; and immediate past president, Michael Michalak. Directors are: Kay Goodemoot, Ryan Smith, Sarah Porter, Stephanie Gast and Norman Woltjer.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids is pleased to announce the re-location of its Grand Rapids workforce development office to 3777 Sparks Drive, featuring five classrooms, a computer lab, career center, nurses’ aide training lab and multiple study areas.

Rua Associates LLC announced the addition of Tom Bennetts, financial analyst.

CONSTRUCTION

Elzinga & Volkers in Holland has donated more than $20,000 in gifts and in-kind services to the West Michigan community as part of its 70 Random Acts of Kindness program, in honor of its 70th anniversary. Since Jan. 1, employees have donated to company-wide projects, including the donation of eight bikes, helmets and locks to children who are members of theBoys and Girls Club of Holland.

Triangle Associates Inc. has named Andrew Odehnal chief financial officer. His responsibilities include management of finances, risk management, and oversight of the accounting and IT groups. 

Troy Redman has joined Wolverine as a project manager.

EDUCATION

Grand Rapids Community College announced its new Laboratory Preschool will be named in recognition of Phyllis Fratzke, and GRCC's Music Center, which is next to the new preschool, will be renamed Albert P. Smith, honoring the contributions of two of its pioneering faculty members.

FOUNDATIONS

Economic Development Foundation has appointed Mark Davis president and executive director. He will oversee EDF’s SBA 504 commercial loan operations including marketing, processing, debenture funding and portfolio management.

GRANTS

Wedgwood Christian Services has been awarded a $5,000 grant by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation to support its Employment Training Program, which assists teens in developing life skills by teaching them trades and helping build skills to be productive members of the workforce.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Axios HR announced it is partnering with West Michigan based incubator GR Current, which helps small businesses bridge the gap between basic discovery and a sustainable business. The partnership involves a $25,000 sponsorship as well as pro bono advice and counseling.

HUMAN SERVICES

Annemarie Valdez has joined First Steps as its executive director.

LEGAL

Audra G. Harder has joined Mika Meyers PLC’s business and litigation practice groups as a paralegal. She has worked in the legal field for 18 years and has extensive experience in creditor’s rights and litigation.

Haans Mulder, an attorney and partner with Cunningham Dalman PC, has authored an article in the Michigan Business Law Journal titled, “Synthetic Equity in S Corporations: Avoiding Tax Traps When Planning for Key Employees.”

Mika Meyers PLC announced attorney Douglas A. Donnell was named Grand Rapids’ 2016 Environmental Litigation Lawyer of the Year, and Claude L. Vander Ploeg was named Grand Rapids’ 2016 Oil and Gas Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America.

Miller Johnson announced the addition of Neil D. Williams, who is a member of its Grand Rapids office and part of the firm’s taxation, mergers and acquisitions, and international business practice groups. 

The following Miller Johnson Grand Rapids attorneys were honored by Best Lawyers in America 2016: Jeffrey S. Ammon, Mergers and Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year; Lauretta K. Murphy, Trusts and Estates Law Lawyer of the Year; Mark S. Pendery, Litigation and Controversy Tax Lawyer of the Year; D. Andrew Portinga, Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year; Michael B. Quinn, Family Law Lawyer of the Year; Alan C. Schwartz, Banking and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year; Robert W. Scott, Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year; and Connie Thacker, Collaborative Law: Family Law Lawyer of the Year.

LOGISTICS

Viastore systems announced it was selected by Dicastal North America, the North American division of CiTic Dicastal Co. Ltd. of Qinhuangdao, China, to supply and install an automated conveyor solution for its new manufacturing facility in Greenville.

MANUFACTURING

Baker Perkins announced Levi Helsel has joined the company as field service technician.

NONPROFITS

The Michigan Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals announced the appointment of the following to its state board of directors for 2015-2016: treasurer, Laura Miedema; secretary, Steffanie Townshend; advisor, Rachel Jonaitis; education chair, Kim Francis; education co-chair, Julie Luginbill; and community resource chair, Penny Brown.

Varnum estate planning attorney Jamie A. Downes was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors for Humane Society of West Michigan.

PUBLIC SERVICE

Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointments of Jana Broughton to the Michigan Board of Nursing Home Administrators; Jon Nunn, of Grand Rapids, to the Michigan Travel Commission; and Dennis Nickels, of Grand Haven, to the State Waterways Commission.

SPORTS

The Lumberjacks in Muskegon announced brothers Bruce and Dan Israel of Detroit are the new owners of the only U.S. Hockey League franchise in Michigan. The team is led by general manager John Vanbiesbrouck, head coach Todd Krygier, and a core of 10 returning players.

TECHNOLOGY

Inc. magazine has included Open Systems Technologies in its Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America for the ninth year in a row. OST was ranked number 4,539 for 2015.

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