Furniture, automotive and other major industries


Sons take the wheel at freight management company

Jonathan Laning, Kyle Walcott each purchase 25-percent shares of Premier Freight.

October 21, 2016
For the past 10 years, Jonathan Laning and Kyle Walcott have been learning the ropes at Premier Freight Management Corporation — owned by their fathers, Doug Walcott and Mark Laning — in preparation for the day they will take over. Read More

The future has arrived at Whirlpool

Company invests in robotic technology to cut costs, enhance safety.

October 21, 2016
In “Industries of the Future,” Alec Ross, the book’s author and keynote speaker at the West Michigan Policy Forum that was held in Grand Rapids in September, predicts robots soon will take over factory floors across the globe. Read More

Herman Miller re-launches Aeron chair

October 20, 2016
An iconic chair has been reworked to include the latest developments in furniture manufacturing. Read More

Breweries medal at Great American Beer Festival

October 17, 2016
Several breweries in the region came away with awards from the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Read More

Wolverine Worldwide expanding plant

October 14, 2016
Wolverine Worldwide has begun an expansion project at a plant in the region that will help it handle additional military contracts it expects to win. Read More

Food maker acquiring Brazilian company for $429M

October 14, 2016
A food maker in the region has entered into an agreement to acquire an investment firm that is the controlling shareholder of a leading Brazilian food group. Read More

Auto supplier names president

October 13, 2016
A man with more than 25 years of experience in the auto industry is the new president of an auto supplier in the region. Read More

Sons buy stake in logistics company

October 12, 2016
The ownership of a logistics company in the region has “changed hands” to a “new generation.” Read More

Building products maker hires marketing director

October 10, 2016
A man with more than 20 years of B2B marketing experience is the new marketing director for a local maker of building products. Read More

Bissell Homecare evolves over 140 years

Beginning with the carpet sweeper, Grand Rapids-based firm embraces new direction developing pet hair vacuums.

October 7, 2016
It’s oft repeated “necessity is the mother of invention” and in the case of Bissell Homecare Inc., it was a case of really bad allergies that led to the invention of the carpet sweeper, which would become the company’s first product. Read More