Focus

An in-depth look at specific West Michigan industries.

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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

Spectrum hosts ‘Gemba’ visit for health care leaders

Hospitals are incorporating the same lean principles used in manufacturing.

July 4, 2014
Representatives from national health care organizations were given a tour to see how manufacturing techniques are being implemented at a Grand Rapids-based health system. Read More

Beacon Hill at Eastgate announces $30M expansion

Between 50 and 60 more units should be available by fall 2016 to meet growing demand.

June 27, 2014
One of Grand Rapids’ premier continuing care retirement communities is preparing to launch a $30 million expansion of its facilities. Read More

Area retirement communities nearing full occupancy

Being on a waiting list has its advantages, however, allowing time for planning a move.

June 27, 2014
When looking into retirement communities, most people likely are looking at the last move they’ll ever make. Read More