Change Ups: TowerPinkster earns Best Firm to Work for in the Nation Award
TowerPinkster received the Best Firm to Work for in the Nation Award at the recent Zweig Group 2016 Hot Firm & A/E Awards Conference. TowerPinkster employees participated in a survey that provided feedback on their experience with the company. More than 94 percent of employees who participated said the firm is one of the best to work for in the industry, with the same percentage reporting they would recommend TowerPinkster to a friend looking for employment.
The new LowellArts gallery, 223 West Main St., Lowell, announced it will feature its first show, The LowellArts Holiday Artists Market, featuring artwork and other handmade items by Michigan artists Nov. 18-Dec. 24.
Spectrum Health Healthier Communities is the recipient of the Health & Wellness Award for its programs, events and resources that promote healthy living throughout the community at LINC UP’s annual Community Spirit luncheon; Spectrum Health manager of community health programs Jeremy Moore received the Visionary Award for his work to promote equity in Grand Rapids.
Innovative Cleaning Equipment signed a full 10-year lease on a 44,106-square-foot speculatively built industrial building at 3383 Soundtech Court SE in Kentwood. The Class A, pre-fabricated concrete building includes 6,000 square feet of office space, five dock doors, two drive-in doors and is expandable by a minimum of 30,000 square feet.
Local First welcomed Patricia Seiter Fitzpatrick as its Lakeshore membership coordinator, where she will help cultivate relationships with business owners and community leaders in Holland, Zeeland, Saugatuck, Grand Haven, Muskegon and other surrounding areas. Seiter Fitzpatrick previously was manager of the Holland Downtown Development Authority.
Mick McGraw, president/CEO of Eastbrook Homes was inducted into the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame during ceremonies at Ferris State University.
Best Drug Rehabilitation Inc. in Manistee founder Per Wickstrom donated over 10,000 coloring pages to local high schools and middle schools across Michigan in observance of Red Ribbon Week to educate youth on drug prevention.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Grand Rapids distillery Long Road Distillers announced it was awarded a Double Gold medal for Long Road Wendy Peppercorn at The Fifty Best Flavored Vodka tasting competition in New York City. The award-winning, 101-proof spirit is made from 100 percent locally grown red winter wheat, milled, mashed, fermented and distilled on-site at the Westside distillery, then redistilled with pink peppercorns, the berry from the Peruvian Peppertree.
Harmony Brewing Co.’s fourth and final beer in its wood aged sour beer program, Old Spot sour black saison, was made available for sale in a wax dipped, serialized 750 ml bottles.
Rockford Brewing Co. in Rockford announced the completion of its in-house, full service kitchen at its pub as part of their efforts to continuously provide quality crafted, locally sourced products to West Michigan. A public grand opening of the kitchen was held Nov. 11. The kitchen will create food that complements RBC’s hand-crafted, award-winning, freshly brewed beers. Sourcing locally and using in season ingredients as often as possible, RBC creates dishes that celebrate the global diversity of food with a Michigan-centric feel.
The Wege Foundation announced the selection of Emily Alemán-McAlpine as program officer. Alemán-McAlpine’s career has included her role in corporate philanthropy with Blue Cross Blue Shield and her leadership with nonprofit organizations, including as executive director of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan.
Kenowa Hills Education Foundation received, from AT&T, a $15,000 contribution in support of the Knights STEM Academy, a new program that provides students the opportunity to develop and hone science, technology, engineering and math skills in a real-world manufacturing setting.
The Kent County Board of Commissioners voted to accept a $400,000 grant from the Bill and Bea Idema Foundation to create a wetland restoration project at The Meadows, located within Millennium Park. The donation will transform a former gravel pit to expand and naturalize a lake, produce wetlands and create trail access and observation points.
The Kent County Sheriff Department’s Special Project Fund received an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant of more than $63,000 to purchase Automated External Defibrillators for patrol vehicles.
Metro Health’s Heart and Vascular Holland relocated to 904 S. Washington Ave., Suite 120 in Holland.
Pilgrim Manor announced it has integrated with United Church Homes, a national, faith-based, nonprofit senior living provider based in Marion, Ohio. Pilgrim Manor will become part of United Church Homes’ system of senior residential and healthcare facilities. Pilgrim Manor will benefit by integrating with an organization that can strengthen its position in the local market, grow its programs and effectively manage the risk. Leadership and decision-making will remain local.
Miller Johnson announced U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers awarded the firm top-tier ranking for 24 practice areas in the Grand Rapids metro area and seven in Kalamazoo in its 2017 Best Law Firms list.
Attorneys Brian Pearson and Angela Kaku joined Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge’s Muskegon office.
DeWys Manufacturing Inc. in Marne participated in National Manufacturing Day for the fourth year in a row to promote the skilled trade industry and give the company opportunity to promote the advanced manufacturing processes they provide their customers. DeWys hosted 155 students from Kent Intermediate School District, Discover Elementary and Ridge Park Charter Academy, so students could tour the shop, participate in a team building activity and explore the MCAM trailer provided by Grand Rapids Community College.
Haviland Products Co. hired Darlene Devereaux as technical sales account manager. She will be responsible for commodity and water chemistry sales for the Midwestern United States.
Girls on the Run International announced it has merged with the Kent County Girls on the Run and the Muskegon County Girls on the Run Councils and is now known as Girls on the Run of Kent and Muskegon Counties. The council will serve girls and families in a three-county area that includes Kent, Muskegon and two sites in Barry County.
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge announced Eugene Franks, an attorney and shareholder in the firm’s Muskegon office, will leave the firm to join Smith Haughey client Family Farm & Home as its vice president of real estate. Franks was a founding partner of the Muskegon-based law firm Even & Franks, whose attorneys and staff began operating under Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge in October 2013.
British fitness brand Zakti announced it will open a store in Grand Rapids and will stock men’s and women’s active wear designed to be worn at the gym, on the way to a workout or to enjoy the weekend.