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Founders deal will not change brand

Spanish brewer Mahou will own 30 percent of the local company.

December 19, 2014
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) With a $40 million expansion already in the works, Founders Brewing Co. made another play to solidify its position in the global beer industry last week. Read More

Economic outlook rosy for West Michigan

Experts are especially pleased with diversity of region’s economy.

December 19, 2014
With collaboration and a diversified economy fueling West Michigan’s growth, the future of the region looks bright amid familiar challenges. Read More

Aging workforce increases costs for manufacturers

Longer absences, workers’ comp claims and FMLA usage is on the rise.

December 19, 2014
The average age of the manufacturing industry workforce is increasing. Read More

Businesses share $1.3M for worker training

December 18, 2014
More than 30 companies in the region have received state approval for grant funding to enhance the skills of their current and future workforces. Read More

Window Wonderland designs downtown storefronts

December 18, 2014
A college and a civic agency have helped change the look of window shopping downtown this year. Read More

Pork producer invests up to $255M in plant, 800 jobs

December 17, 2014
A pork producer is planning to create more than 800 jobs after it builds a new plant in the region. Read More

Racecar supplier plans 138 jobs

December 17, 2014
A supplier of performance parts and accessories for racecars, hot rods, trucks and off-road vehicles is planning to expand its operation in the region and create 138 jobs. Read More

Food recycler develops $8M plant

December 17, 2014
The largest recycler of bakery, cereal grain, snack food and related food byproducts in the U.S. is planning to invest $8 million to rejuvenate an industrial site in the region. Read More

Talent 2025 report pegs strengths, weaknesses

CEO-led effort puts comprehensive focus on labor market.

December 12, 2014
An extensive labor market analysis showcases the region’s strengths and the need to bridge potential gaps among education, training and industry demands. Read More

Community ranks as national 'power suburb'

December 9, 2014
A community just outside of Grand Rapids ranks among a group of “power suburbs” in the U.S. that are “booming economically and attracting new residents.” Read More