Change Ups: Millage creates stable funding for GRPM, JB Zoo
A voter-approved millage passed in 2016 will provide Kent County residents free admission to the Grand Rapids Public Museum for children ages 17 and under, reduce admission for adults to $5, and $3 for seniors and provide free parking with paid GRPM admission and parking validation. Millage funds will create a stable source of financial support for GRPM and the John Ball Zoo’s 1,600 animals and the 250,000 artifacts housed at JBZ and GRPM. Programs and exhibits also will be expanded at both locations.
ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING
Benton Harbor-based Wightman & Associates Inc. announced the additions of Griffin Dekker, part-time summer survey crew member based in the WAI Allegan office; and Laura Fredrickson, landscape architect based out of the company’s Benton Harbor and Portage offices.
The Grand Rapids Symphony’s 2017-18 season will include a return to Carnegie Hall near the end of its 88th season in April, and for the first time, Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus will travel along with it. GRS’s first time to the world-famous concert hall was nearly 12 years ago when it capped its 75th anniversary season.
Betten-Baker co-owners Bryan Betten and Chris Baker purchased Grand Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Lowell from Harvey Koning, owner of the Grand Auto Family.
Betz Industries is the recipient of Grand Rapids New Car Dealers Association’s 2017 Celebration of Innovation: Automotive Supplier of the Year Award.
DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Greater Grand Rapids owners Bill and Jayne Wolf are the recipients of the regional Contractor of the Year competition by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for Residential Bath $25,000 to $50,000 Region 4 East Central.
Macatawa Bank Corp. in Holland announced the appointment of Craig A. Hankinson as chief operating officer of Macatawa Bank Corp. and Macatawa Bank.
Calder Capital LLC announced the acquisition of Central Interconnect Inc. by investors Neil Brown and Wade Thompson. The company was purchased from founder and long-time president Arlen Smith. Calder Capital served as the mergers and acquisitions advisor to Central Interconnect.
Quality Air announced the appointment of Chuck Jagoe as its president.
The Fred & Lena Meijer Scholarship program, for the seventh consecutive year, will give its employees and their children a chance to receive up to $10,000 to further their college education; numerous $3,000 scholarships also are awarded. Applications, due April 1, are available at grfoundation.org/meijer.
Muskegon-based Baker College’s MBA in human resource management received alignment renewal from the Society for Human Resource Management through 2022.
Western Michigan University’s Small Company Internship Award Program will provide matching funds to small businesses that hire WMU interns in the science, technology, engineering and math — STEM — disciplines. Funding applications for this summer are due March 1. Details: wmich.edu/businessconnection/hire.
Rehmann promoted Kristin (Saper) Hoogerwerf to principal in the firm’s Grand Rapids location.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Bell’s Brewery Inc. in Comstock promoted Laura Bell to CEO. She will oversee all brewery operations and planning for Bell's and its sister brewery in Escanaba, Upper Hand Brewery. Bell's is the seventh largest craft brewery in the U.S.
The East Grand Rapids City Commission unanimously voted to approve Diana Schad as 1st Ward Commissioner.
Kent County was recognized by Connect Michigan as a Certified Connected Community under the Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program for its Technology Action Plan.
Emmanuel Hospice announced the additions of Nicole Sharpe as director of community outreach and Katie Kirouac as director of development.
First Companies Inc. completed an 11,500-square-foot building for West Michigan Eyecare Associates at 2112 E. Paris Ave. SE. The practice offers a full range of optometry services to patients from infants to the elderly.
Hospice of Michigan hired Andy Holtgrieve as senior director of marketing.
Kenowa AMBUCS, Comprehensive Therapy Center and Lake Michigan Academy hosted its fourth annual Oscars Night Benefit at Sunnybrook Country Club in Grandville, featuring the Red Carpet Walk to Meet Oscar. All proceeds funded programs within Kenowa AMBUCS, Comprehensive Therapy Center and Lake Michigan Academy.
Josh Cary joined Brouwers Agency LLC as a business insurance associate.
Price Heneveld LLP announced the addition of Jason L. Budd as an Of Counsel attorney.
LEISURE & RECREATION
Planet Fitness opened its third location in Grand Rapids at 2807 Lake Michigan Dr. NW. A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m., March 6.
Tulip Time Festival and the Holland Area Arts Council announced Michele Gort and her painting, “Playful Time,” is the winner of the 2017 Tulip Time Festival Poster Competition. Gort’s inspiration came from photos she took of tulips in full bloom along the city of Holland’s Tulip Lanes, capturing their fluidity and beauty.
LG Chem Michigan Inc. will build a 100,000-square-foot addition at the company’s Holland battery cell manufacturing facility, which is expected to create as many as 150 new jobs. LGCMI plans to break ground on the new addition later this month and will occupy the space by August 2017.
Wolverine Worldwide in Rockford announced the appointment of Tom Kennedy to president of Sperry, the second largest brand within the company’s portfolio.
March of Dimes Western Michigan will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house from 3:30-7 p.m., Feb. 28 to showcase their new office location at 3001 Orchard Vista Drive, Suite 250.
Gov. Rick Snyder appointed former state legislator and lieutenant governor Dick Posthumus his chief of staff and promoted Darin Ackerman to director of legislative affairs.
Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty in Holland announced the additions of real estate professionals Beth Foley, Josh Breuker, Wendy Ryder. Kersh Ruhl, Mary Zeppenfeld and Lauri Sisson.
Blue Medora expanded its SelectStar SaaS monitoring platform to support Apache Hadoop and Cassandra clusters.
EarthTronics in Muskegon introduced its new LED Direction Adjustable Wall Pack series to provide exterior, wide-flood area illumination for commercial, industrial and municipal facilities. They are available in 20, 30 and 70 watts, in both 4000K and 5000K color of light, which can be set and locked in to any angle ranging from 0 to 90 degrees to provide exterior security lighting.
Envoy expanded its office at 678 Front Ave. NW, Suite 100 to accommodate its growing content services department, which formerly operated out of a separate building. The new 8,500-square-foot space features an expanded open office layout, 1,400-square-foot photography studio, conference rooms and a reception area.
Worksighted in Holland hired Brian Krapohl as systems engineer. Krapohl is responsible for network and systems implementation, maintenance and ongoing customer support.
Portable Truck Bed Liner launched a new product: drop-in bed liners available for full-size pick-ups in three lengths, as well as compacts. Details: portabletruckbedliner.com.
Scarlett Inc. launched a website 3DPrintedParts.com.
Smart Vision Lights in Muskegon announced its release of the LM45 and LM75 Series of compact linear lights with MultiDriv and OverDriv Strobe (high-pulse operation) technologies.