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KitchenAid ProLine Series Espresso Maker

Appliance maker expands craft coffee line

An appliance maker is rolling out a trio of products to help coffee lovers “bring the coffee house experience into the home.” Read More


Microwaveable bowl wins 5x5 Night

An experienced pitch competitor won the first re-booted 5x5 Night. Read More

Bell's Brewery Two Hearted Ale beer can

Homebrewers rank West Michigan brews among 'Best Beers' in US

A number of beers from the region are considered some the “Best Beers” in the nation by homebrewers. Read More

Hearthside Food Solutions

Food maker invests $10.7M in expansion

A maker of baked goods and snacks is planning a $10.7-million expansion in the area that's expected to create at least 91 jobs. Read More

Automated Machine Systems pneumatic de-stacker pallet dispenser

Automation supplier invests $2M in expansion

A supplier of automation equipment and software to multiple industries is building a new plant in the area as it expands. Read More

Founders Brewing Co. reDANKulous IPA Backstage Series beer

Brewery releases experimental beer

A brewery is going extra hoppy with its latest special release. Read More

Furniture maker donates land

Seventy acres of unused property at the lakeshore will be transformed into wetlands, a butterfly habitat, a farm and a hands-on science classroom. Read More

Bell's Brewery Two Hearted Ale beer can

Brewery releases 12-oz cans of brew

A brewery is extending the packaging of one of the top beers in its lineup. Read More

Tami Pelham, left, and Holly del Rosario Courtesy Cookie Checks

These entrepreneurs are a couple of smart cookies

A pair of entrepreneurs in a crowded and competitive market — cookies — are off to a viable start, with the help of the Michigan Cottage Foods Law of 2010. Read More

Caroline Cook Grand Rapids Running Tours

Running a small business — literally

Grand Rapids Running Tours is not a unique concept for a small business: Caroline Cook says her research has turned up others in other large cities. Read More

Irwin Seating scores big with professional sports venues

A variety of factors earned Irwin Seating Co. the right to replace the seating in the Palace of Auburn Hills as part of a $40 million renovation project. Read More

‘Extra’ wort chiller spurs a hot new business

In 2004, Boyd Culver was trying to take his homebrewing to the next level. Read More

Modustri construction equipment

Field-measurement startup partners with Caterpillar

A startup is teaming up with Caterpillar to develop technology that will allow for better heavy equipment fleet management by recognizing wear and tear on parts earlier. Read More

white egg

Egg producer plans $43M expansion

An egg producer is planning a $43-million expansion in the region. Read More

Interior Concepts EnerGEE!

Furniture maker creates portable charging station

A furniture maker has developed a rechargeable battery unit that converts its tables into charging stations that can be positioned anywhere in a room. Read More

AppleTree Learning

EY names Entrepreneur of the Year winners

A global award program recognized several West Michigan entrepreneurs during its regional gala in Detroit to celebrate business leaders. Read More

Amway Nutrilite Buena Park California

Amway rolls out weight-management program globally

An Amway brand is rolling out a personalized weight-management program — using either a genetic test or an assessment based on “validated science” — to the global marketplace. Read More

Magna team

Innovation leads to a home run

For seven years the lights remained off at one of Magna International’s Holland facilities due to declining sales and stagnant innovation, but in 2014, a new product helped the company reopen the facility with more than 100 new employees manning the production lines. Read More


Inside Track: Don’t say ‘temp’ at Fettig

Mike Fettig said there’s a BHAG at the Fettig employment agency in Grand Rapids — as well as a new home with windows overlooking the Grand River. Read More

Pigeon Hill Brewing Co.

Breweries form guild

The craft beer industry’s “soul is its collaborative spirit.” Read More