ARTICLES

All's Well That Begins Well

September 1, 2006

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Conway

Companies come up with a lot of creative ways to control their health care costs. Recently, many of those efforts have focused on wellness and proactive health maintenance. As opposed to changing or limiting the care that sick patients receive, many employers are choosing to focus on keeping healthy workers healthy.

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WWW Steps It Up Again

July 21, 2006

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O’Donovan

GRAND RAPIDS — Making $1 billion in sales for the first time must feel pretty good. Having just done that in 2005, Wolverine World Wide appears to be set on seeing how sweet the second billion will be. The Rockford-based global footwear manufacturer just released its second-quarter financial performance report, the strength of which caused Wolverine to readjust its 2006 full-year earnings and revenue forecasts. CFO Stephen L. Gulis Jr. now expects the company to bring in between $1.12 billion and $1.14 billion in 2006, a $10 million increase from previous estimates.

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Universal Strong Despite Downturn

July 21, 2006

GRAND RAPIDS — The housing market may be starting to cool off in some of the hottest parts of the country, but Universal Forest Products Inc. has yet to feel the chill.

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McCorkle Adds New Responsibilities

July 17, 2006

GRAND RAPIDS — Phil McCorkle is moving up, but not moving on — at least not yet.

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Not Too Late For Early Edition

July 17, 2006

GRAND RAPIDS — As the saying goes, 'There's nothing new under the sun.' Perhaps that's why two local television stations are trying something new before the sun comes up. Local FOX affiliate WXMI and ABC affiliate WZZM are launching new morning news programs into a crowded field of local news, weather and sports broadcasts.

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The Right Job For The Man

July 10, 2006

HOLLAND — Considering that his job wasn’t specifically designed for him, it’s not a bad fit. But it’s also the first time Dale Sowders has had a job that wasn’t tailor-made to fit his personality, skills and aptitudes.

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The Not-So-Empty Nest

July 10, 2006

GRAND RAPIDS — Sandra and Gary Davis learned from their parents' mistakes — and their own. As Gary's parents grew older, they began to need help around their three-story Grand Rapids house. Gary and Sandra would stop by to help with household tasks, especially as Gary's mother's Alzheimer's disease progressed. Living on their own was becoming impossible.

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American Honda Goes Hoosier

July 10, 2006

Despite efforts by Michigan economic development officials to make the state more attractive as a home to foreign automakers’ U.S. outposts, the Great Lakes State was once again passed over. This time it was American Honda Motor Co. choosing a town southeast of Indianapolis as the location for a new vehicle assembly plant.

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Perrigo Shuts Holland Montague Plants

June 30, 2006

ALLEGAN — When the lake-effect snow starts flying and winds start whipping across the fruit fields of western Ottawa County this winter, southbound U.S. 31 may be choked up with a new batch of commuters. For former employees of Perrigo Co.'s Holland production plant, there will be an extra 25 miles of road between home and work. For those who worked in the plant in Montague, the 90-minutes-each-way trip will be an unfortunate fact of life.

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The Better Hospital Blues

June 30, 2006

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Doctors and hospitals across Michigan are participating in a new program that examines treatment data in order to improve the quality and safety of care.

GRAND RAPIDS — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan would love to see improved quality and decreased risks in the state's health care delivery system. After all, it's paying for a great deal of the $50 billion in personal health care provided in Michigan each year. In order to protect the people it serves, and to control its costs, BCBSM recently introduced a number of new initiatives aimed at increasing accountability and quality among health care providers, with the long-term goal of reducing health care costs.

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