Change Ups: AgriScience facility opens for training
Phase one of a multi-phase renovation project to the former Providence Christian High School building in Fremont was recently completed. It will house the 50,000-square-foot Regional Center for AgriScience and Career Advancement and will serve Newaygo County by training workers for careers in agriculture, food and natural resources. The facility houses the county’s Regional Educational Service Agency’s AgriScience program, Baker College’s Fremont campus, a Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Works! West Central service center.
Hungerford Nichols announced the additions of Joe Yost, senior accountant, and Spencer DeYoung, network administrator.
ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING
Fleis & VandenBrink announced the additions of Allen Wiltse, human resources director; Bruce Pindzia, senior project manager supporting the municipal group in Grand Rapids; and John Scott, GIS technician in F&V’s survey group.
Michigan Office Solutions has been named one of the 101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies by the Michigan Business & Professional Association for producing green technology that impacts the industry and environment.
Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce earned the 2015 Outstanding Chamber of Commerce Award, Large Chamber Category, at the Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals Leadership Conference & Annual Meeting. It’s the fourth time the chamber has been recognized for excellence in organization leadership.
The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce recognized nine community leaders and initiativesat its 2015Agents of Change: Avian Avatars; Betten Baker Auto Group; Hackley Park Stage, Parties in the Park Board of Directors; Richard Thorstenson, Kitchen 242; Muskegon Manufactures Health and Wellness Clinic; Muskegon Risers Soccer Club; Muskegon Surgery Center; Raggedy Ann Art Installation; and Wasserman's Flowers & Gifts.
WGVU Public Media announced its 2015 Engage I HAVE Made a Difference Awards: Nonprofit: Inclusion, Little Red House Adult Day Care Services; Individual: Inclusion, Darel Ross II; Nonprofit: Health, Wings of Hope Hospice – Journeys Advanced Illness Management; Individual: Health, Dr. Gerald Witherell; Nonprofit: Arts, West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology;Individual: Arts, Eddie Tadlock; Nonprofit: Veterans and Nonprofit of the Year, Habitat for Humanity Kent Veteran Program; Individual: Veterans, Bobbie Bradley; Nonprofit: Education, Literacy Center of West Michigan; Individual: Education, Janice Wilks; Nonprofit: People’s Choice, Wings of Hope Hospice – Journeys Advanced Illness Management; and Made a Difference Person of the Year, Dr. Gisele Sholler.
Hope College announced four college students and three high school students who study voice at Hope earned honors during the National Association of Teachers of Singing Michigan State Chapter Auditions: Emilie Bickel, first place, College Women Musical Theatre; Rosemary Walsh, second place, College Senior Women; and Kierney Johnson and Macauley Wieland, tied, second place, College Sophomore Women. High school honors: Silas Fennema, first place, High School Musical Theatre; Anna Prins, second place, High School Women 16 and Under; and Kathryn Jaeger, third place, High School Women 16 and Under.
Military Times announced Davenport University has been ranked among its Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 rankings.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Rockford Brewing Co. will release eight new craft beers Nov. 25 in downtown Rockford bars during its fourth annual Pub Crawl. Locations of the new beers will remain a mystery until the day of the crawl, when they will be made known in a scavenger hunt.
Grand Rapids Ophthalmology welcomed optometrist Jennifer Sowers, working in its Grand Rapids and Ionia locations. Also, Grand Rapids Ophthalmology Executive Director Bob Wolford received the Michigan Medical Group Management Association 2015 Administrator of the Year award.
Ottawa County ranked No. 1 out of 82 counties in Michigan for healthy people, according to the sixth annual County Health Rankings. For more information, visit countyhealthrankings.org.
Home Repair Services announced Executive Director Dave Jacobs is retiring Dec. 31 after 34 of years of service. A reception will be held 4-6 p.m., Dec. 14, at 1100 S. Division Ave. The board announced Joel Ruiter was selected as the new executive director. He is the volunteer leader of the start-up nonprofit Bates Place Ministries.
Alison M. Quinn, a partner in Secrest Wardle’s Troy location, has been chosen as one of 30 members of the Michigan Lawyers Weekly Class of 2015 Up & Coming Lawyers. The class will be recognized at an awards luncheon Dec. 17 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy.
Barnes & Thornburg LLP was recognized by Best Lawyers with nine Tier One practice areas in Grand Rapids and 80 nationally on its 2016 Best Law Firms list.
Bloom Sluggett Morgan PC has been recognized as one of 2016's Best Law Firms by Best Lawyers in the practice areas of tax litigation and tax law.
Mika Meyers has been recognized by Best Lawyers with Tier One rankings on its 2016 Best Law Firms list in eight practice areas.
Miller Johnson has been recognized by Best Lawyers with Tier One rankings in 25 practice areas in Grand Rapids and eight in Kalamazoo in its 2016 Best Law Firms.
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge was ranked by Best Lawyers with Tier One rankings in six practices and a Second Tier ranking in Grand Rapids.
LeanLogistics in Holland has launched version 15.3.0 of its flagship product, LeanTMS, enabling users to take advantage of scheduled routes that are automatically assembled, simplified OS&D capabilities that feed freight claim management and associated invoicing, and enhanced carrier scorecards.
The Commercial Alliance of Realtors announced the election of officers and directors to its 2016 board: president, Dave Denton, DAR Development; president-elect, Tony Pearson, True North Real Estate; treasurer, Jason Makowski, NAI Wisinski of West Michigan; and secretary, Cathy Bottema, Signature Associates. Directors: Matt Abraham, Colliers International; Diane Dusendang, X Ventures; Jim Edewaard, Coldwell Banker Woodland Schmidt; Chip Hurley, Newmark Grubb Cressy & Everett; Mike Murray, Colliers International; and Mary Anne Wisinksi Rosely, NAI Wisinski of West Michigan.
The city of Grandville contracted with residential/commercial waste hauler Arrowaste to provide curbside leaf collection service to its residents through Nov. 17.
Grand Rapids-based firm Wimage announced it has added a secondary office in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The firm developed a mobile app that turns words into images through text or voice input. The latest version of the free app launched earlier this month.
Smart Vision Lights in Muskegon has introduced a new line of bandpass, colorpass and polarizer filters designed to be matched with LED lights.