Change Ups: Adtegrity to relocate
Adtegrity will relocate in June its staff of 40 to Grand Rapids’ West Side, occupying two floors of office space located above New Holland Brewing’s The Knickerbocker at 417 Bridge St. NW. Adtegrity will occupy all of the office space in the building above Knickerbocker, totaling 20,000 square feet. Rockford Construction developed, built and now manages the entire facility and will complete the custom build-out of Adtegrity’s space, with Lott3Metz serving as the project’s architect.
Rehmann in Troy was named to West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, for the 15th consecutive year.
Eastbrook Homes is the recipient of Builder Partnerships’ Lee Evans Award for Management Excellence for 2017, in recognition of its sound management principles.
The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce’s annual E-Award recognized the following lakeshore entrepreneurs with the 2017 Entrepreneurs of Excellence: John and Besty McIntyre, Anderson Global; Ed Babbitt, Babbitt's Sports Center; John Essex, CORE Realty; Denise Kanaar, D & D Logistics; Ed Dombrowski, Industrial Metal Cleaning Corporation; Rob Riegler, Lakeside Surfaces; David Bayne, Muskegon Awning & Fabrication; David Ramos, Ramos & Sons Body Shop; Craig Hindes, Scott Meats; Randy Mulder, SERVPRO of Muskegon; and Kristi Kettler, Sparrow Boutique.
Plano, Texas-based J.C. Penney Company Inc. awarded the J.C. Penney at Greenville West Mall with the Founder’s Award for continually exceeding expectations and achieving results that instill a strong sense of pride among the company’s associate teams and the communities they serve.
Consumers Credit Union was selected as the Best and Brightest Midsize Company in the Nation and a Best and Brightest in Michigan.
Derek L’Huillier joined Macatawa Bank’s retail team as branch manager of its Grand Haven office, 15135 Whittaker Way.
The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hired Guillermo Cisneros as its executive director.
Holland-based Hope College faculty member Dr. Kirk Brumels was inducted into the Alumni Honor Academy of the Department of Human Performance and Health Education of Western Michigan University.
Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts student Tammy Vander Werf received Grand Rapids Community College’s Arthur Andrews Award, which goes to the Delta Pi Alpha student with the highest cumulative GPA and the greatest number of honor points. Vander Werf will receive a culinary arts degree with an emphasis in baking and pastry arts.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Petoskey-based Beards Brewery purchased a canning line company just north of Grand Rapids in Rockford because it is affordable, easy to operate and acts as it own canning solution.
Kent County Clerk/Register of Deeds Lisa Posthumus Lyons announced the selection of Dominion Voting Systems Inc. as the vendor of choice for Kent County’s purchase of new election equipment. The new voting machines will be utilized by municipalities within Kent County starting with the November 2017 election.
The Kentwood City Commission appointed former Kentwood mayor Richard Clanton to fill a commissioner-at-large vacancy.
The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation donated $75,000, and the Community Foundation for Muskegon County donated $30,000 to support the makerspace inside Muskegon Community College’s Rooks|Sarnicola Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies in downtown Muskegon, which is set to open in January 2018.
Family Health Center announced the completion of its new clinic located on Alcott Street in Kalamazoo’s Edison neighborhood. The three-story clinic has 24 exam rooms, 25 operational rooms and has the capacity to serve 30,000 patients. The clinic’s lower level has occupational therapy and physical therapy offices, the main floor has a pharmacy and dental offices and the third level has general health and pediatrics offices.
Spectrum Health’s hospitals were lauded by The Leapfrog Group with high patient safety grades: Blodgett Hospital – A; Butterworth Hospital (Grand Rapids Medical Center) – A; Pennock – B, Zeeland Community Hospital – A; and Big Rapids Hospital – A.
Spectrum Health announced Tina Freese Decker was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Spectrum Health. She is responsible for advancing the strategy and leading operations of the organization, including Spectrum Health Hospital Group, Spectrum Health Medical Group, Human Resources and Information Services.
Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac was awarded five-year accreditation for its associate degree in nursing by Atlanta-based Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
Van Andel Institute’s chief scientific officer Peter Jones was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church announced the grand opening of the Bethlehem Intergenerational Center, offering a combined and enhanced day care for young children and the frail elderly that builds on the church’s 46 years of experience in child care and education. The new state-of-the-art adult day programming center is located on the second floor of Bethlehem, 250 Commerce Ave. Adults may enroll to attend from two to five days per week at full- or half-day rates. Details: bethlehemchurchgr.org.
Hospice of Michigan hired Trevor Finton as operations manager in Grand Rapids. He is responsible for quality care management within the Grand Rapids area while ensuring patients’, families’ and caregivers’ needs are met.
North Kent Community Services, a satellite site of West Michigan Works!, now offers employment services on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., West Michigan Works! helps people with résumé writing, cover letters and more at the NKCS location. Anyone can use West Michigan Works! services. Job seekers need not be clients of NKCS. Visit westmiworks.org for more information about West Michigan Works! and for upcoming hiring events and workshop schedules.
LEISURE & RECREATION
The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids earned a 4-star rating for fiscal responsibility from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator.
Grand Rapids-based Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. announced it has acquired four Wendy’s restaurants located in Interlochen, Ludington, Manistee and Traverse City.
Ducks Unlimited Greater Grand Rapids Chapter earned a top spot from the President’s Elite list for raising $100,000 to $250,000 for DU’s habitat conservation work in 2016 out of the more than 2,600 DU chapters nationwide that host more than 3,900 fundraising events throughout the year.
BizStream in Allendale was recognized as a West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the National Association for Business Resources.
TRAVEL & TOURISM
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport reports March 2017 was its single busiest month in its history, with March passenger numbers up 11.17 percent year-over-year. July 2016 previously was the busiest month with 238,237 total passengers. In March 2017, 256,880 total passengers traveled through GFIA — breaking the previous record by 7.83 percent. GFIA monthly passenger statistics are available at grr.org/history.php.
Kent County’s website accessKent.com was redesigned to include a homepage that features images promoting various parts of Kent County, to highlight some of the lists where the county has landed in top spots, to simplify site navigation, to provide a search bar where users can immediately request the page they need, added Google Translate to assist Spanish-speaking residents and added enhancements for users who are visually impaired.
Taste of Muskegon underwent a rebranding to begin its 11th year with a new logo and website: tasteofmuskegon.org.