Focus

An in-depth look at specific West Michigan industries.

ARTICLES

DeVos Hall to receive upgrades to attract big Broadway shows

$300K in improvements will allow venue to host bigger shows for longer periods.

July 25, 2014
Downtown Grand Rapids is set to become a bigger magnet to tourism. Read More

Conventions are putting heads in beds in Grand Rapids

Meetings, sporting events and all kinds of travel are leading to record hotel revenues.

July 25, 2014
The convention and tourism climate in Grand Rapids is still on the upswing, with 2014 on target to be the fourth consecutive year of record room revenue, according to Janet Korn, Experience Grand Rapids senior vice president. Read More

Muskegon's leisure and hospitality sector drives economic activity

Breweries, restaurants and shopping are reviving the tourism trade.

July 25, 2014
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Downtown Muskegon, once known as an industrial town, has shed its former image to become a vibrant destination. Read More

Sable Homes sees major construction spurt

There’s plenty of work, but a shortage of trained employees is taking its toll.

July 18, 2014
There are bad problems to have and there are good problems to have. Read More

Lamar closing not a reflection of Michigan construction

An industry insider says construction is booming and there are lots of jobs available.

July 18, 2014
The head of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan says the abrupt closing of Lamar Construction in no way reflects a slowdown in the Michigan construction industry. Read More

Lamar in Chapter 7 bankruptcy

July 18, 2014
Lamar Construction of Hudsonville, one of the larger commercial/industrial construction companies in West Michigan, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy July 11, indicating in court documents it has more than 200 creditors and debts of $10 million to $50 million, with estimated assets between $10 million and $50 million. Read More

Survey highlights manufacturers’ biggest risk factors

Competition tops list, but there are concerns about skilled employees, too.

July 11, 2014
Michigan’s publicly traded manufacturing companies consider competition and consolidation to be their biggest risks in 2014. Read More

Mother Nature has insurance and restoration companies hopping

The Kentwood tornado adds to winter ice damage still being repaired.

July 11, 2014
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Like many other insurance agents in the Grand Rapids region, Mike Brouwers’ phone was ringing off the hook a week ago, a result of the tornado that ripped through the densely populated suburb of Kentwood Sunday evening. Read More

Business mergers and acquisitions for strategic growth are on rise

A rebounding economy has firms looking for quick expansion, but there are risks involved.

July 11, 2014
A local risk management firm is seeing a trend toward mergers and acquisitions as businesses gain confidence in economic stability. Read More

Cherry Street Services will test new health care model

WMIPEI develops plan to use student teams to augment services.

July 4, 2014
Michigan’s largest federally qualified health center may be welcoming a pilot program this fall where students from different health care backgrounds and academic institutions will work as a team at the clinic. Read More