Rachel Watson

Rachel Watson

Rachel Watson is a Grand Rapids Business Journal staff reporter who covers food, manufacturing, small business, banking and finance, HR and diversity and sustainability. Email Rachel at rachelw at grbj dot com. Follow her on Twitter @RachelWatson86


Manufacturer acquires automation company

June 18, 2018
A manufacturer in the region has acquired a provider of automation systems for the automotive industry. Read More

GM unveils Wyoming plant upgrade

Overhaul of $119M brings axle production for full-size trucks back in-house, creating 300 jobs.

June 15, 2018
General Motors completed a yearslong $119-million upgrade to its Wyoming components plant, creating hundreds of local jobs in the process. Read More

Inside Track: A pro in the ‘people business’

DK Security COO uses her leadership position for shining spotlight on others.

June 15, 2018
When Sindia Narber talks about her role at DK Security, she returns again and again to the stories of the people around her rather than her own accomplishments. Read More

Local lawn and landscape business gets colorful

Husband-and-wife-owned venture adds ‘seasonal color’ as company’s fourth division.

June 15, 2018
While driving around West Michigan, Ryan and Nikki Riebel noticed a pattern of clashing flower colors and poor plant symmetry in outdoor planters at local businesses and homes. Read More

Insights on closing the pay gap

HR Collaborative founder Beth Kelly talks wage trends, negotiating salary at Women in Finance lunch.

June 15, 2018
It’s no secret wage inequity still is a problem for women in the workforce. A local human resources expert recently shared strategies women can use to advocate for fair pay. Read More

Sports bar opens downtown

June 15, 2018
A local restaurant company has opened a sports bar downtown. Read More

Nonprofit opens fundraising campaign for 121-acre nature area

June 15, 2018
A nonprofit is launching the public phase of a fundraising campaign to restore an ex-golf course back to nature. Read More

Owners sell restaurant to group

June 14, 2018
A local restaurant group has acquired an eatery known for its from-scratch breakfast and lunch foods. Read More

Stryker responds to reports of acquisition talks with Boston Scientific

June 13, 2018
A maker of medical devices and equipment in the region has issued a statement in response to rumors it is planning to acquire Boston Scientific. Read More

Trucking supplier acquires manufacturer

June 13, 2018
A maker of products for the trucking industry has acquired a fellow West Michigan manufacturer. Read More