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Change Ups: Wolverine launches interactive display at airport

December 7, 2018
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Rockford-based Wolverine Worldwide installed a 47-foot interactive display at Gerald R. Ford International Airport that offers digital touchscreens that conveys information for travelers such as weather conditions and local event calendars. The display is located in Concourse B across from the Herman Miller Lounge. The interactive experience will be updated seasonally to provide visitors current information about Wolverine brands. One feature is a touchscreen quiz that uses personal tastes and style to help potential customers find a shoe from one of Wolverine’s 10 brands.

ARCHITECUTRE & ENGINEERING

Paradigm Design opened a second office building at 333 E. State St. in Traverse City.

ARTS

Eighteen West Michigan schools recently sang a variety of carols during the 24th annual Holiday Music Festival held at the Gerald R. Ford international Airport’s Grand Hall. Local choirs representing public and private schools sang 20-minute song sets throughout the day.

Harbor Springs History Museum recently marked its 10th anniversary.

AWARDS

Arbor Financial Credit Union was recently honored by the Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan with the Torch Award for Ethics.

BANKING

ChoiceOne Bank senior vice president and human resource director Sheila Clark will retire at year-end following a banking career that spans over 42 years.

GOVERNMENT

The Kent County Animal Shelter changed its hours of operation from 1-7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; the shelter will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fridays. Adoption hours will end a half-hour before close. This is the first step to increase opportunities for adoptions. In early 2019, KCAS will be opening its doors on Saturdays for greater community access; Saturday hours still are being determined.

GRANTS

Community Rebuilders was selected to receive a $5-million grant from the Day 1 Families Fund to fight family homelessness throughout Kent County.

Grand Rapids Public Schools received more than $866,000 in grant money from the Michigan State Police to support the District Comprehensive Safety Plan, which aims to ensure a safe school environment in all buildings by conducting various school safety assessments, monitoring access to buildings during the school day and extracurricular events, updating emergency equipment and increasing the use of technology and emergency alert systems.

The Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy received a $20,000 Reach Higher System Impact grant from the Michigan College Access Network to enhance college and career readiness. The school will focus on two strategies: Providing all students an opportunity to receive college credit in high school through AP courses and dual enrollment courses; and assisting with academic strategies to avoid remedial classes at the college level.

The Quota Club of Grand Rapids announced it has earned its first Direct Your Dollars program award of $1,000 from SpartanNash. The club collected $150,000 in receipts from members, friends and family who shopped at SpartanNash stores. The funds will be used to support Quota’s Hear for Good program in collaboration with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services.

HEALTH

The Center for Physical Rehabilitation hired physical therapists Ellen Miller, who will work at its Cascade and Belmont locations; and Cameron Faller, who will be based in CPR’s Wyoming and Greenville locations.

Co-founder John Jepsen of Hulst Jepsen Physical Therapy, with 14 locations in the greater Grand Rapids area, began transitioning his ownership stake in the company to a group of six physical therapists within the company. He plans to complete the transition in January, selling to two additional physical therapists. Hulst will remain CEO and majority shareholder of the company.

Wyoming-based Metro Health – University of Michigan Health was recognized for the seventh consecutive year as one of CHIME Health Care’s Most Wired Hospitals in the country. Of the 13 Michigan hospitals that made the list, Metro Health is the only one in West Michigan to be recognized for its excellence in information technology.

LEGAL

Attorney Alexander J. Thibodeau joined Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC’s administrative and municipal practice group.

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP welcomed James L. Liggins, Jr. as senior counsel in its Kalamazoo office. Liggins is a litigator who concentrates his practice on contract disputes, construction, real estate and other business matters, and advises municipalities on civil and criminal statues, ordinances and codes, housing code enforcement and property disputes.

MANUFACTURING

National Nail partnered with the GAF Roofing Academy’s Hire A Hero program to provide technical instruction to U.S. military veterans seeking to become professional roofers. Launched nearly two years ago, the initiative has graduated more than 50 individuals with a 100 percent placement rate.

NONPROFITS

The Other Way Ministries announced executive director Kurt Reppart is stepping down from his position starting May 31, 2019, after five years of service.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Lambert & Co. (formerly Lambert, Edwards & Associates) added national brands to its client roster, including Bubbies, Green Giant Fresh and New Holland Brewing. Lambert will provide a full suite of services for the brands, spanning earned media, experiential events, multimedia content development, social media management and website activations. The promoted products range from ice cream wrapped in mochi (Bubbies), to better-for-you meal bowls (Green Giant Fresh) to craft beers and spirits (New Holland).

RETAIL

Muskegon-based EarthTronics introduced a highly efficient, flexible LED Area Light Series for exterior, wide-flood area illumination of parking lots and roadways for campuses, auto dealerships, commercial, industrial, educational, health care and municipal facilities. IP68 approved for outdoor wet applications, the EarthTronics LED Area Light Series is available in 75- to 480-watt models in 4000K and 5000K color of light, providing up to 57600 lumens per unit. EarthTronic’s products are sold under the EarthBulb brand name.

SPORTS

West Michigan Sports Commission announced Jim Horman, Progressive AE, was elected chair; Deb Kay, immediate past chair; Mike Donnelly, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, vice chair; Bob Partridge, Grand Rapids Community College (retired), treasurer; and Scott Bernecker, Merrill Lynch, secretary.

TECHNOLOGY

OST hired the following to its Grand Rapids office: Diana Frendt, professional services office, financial operations; and Victor Sun, application development.

Radley Corp., a global software solutions provider, announced its first Cityworks integration for the city of Independence, Missouri. The city's Power & Light division recently went live with Radley software solutions for Data Collection. Radley implemented functionality to streamline Cityworks Storeroom transactions including Receive and Issue.

Vista IT Group announced it achieved the ISO 9001:2015 certification for Quality Management Systems issued by the International Organization for Standardization. To earn the authorization, companies must demonstrate their products and services persistently meet customer expectations, and they constantly strive to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective use of their internally generated Quality Management System.

TRANSPORTATION

Traverse City-based 45 North Aviation recently added to its fleet the single-engine turbo prop Pilatus PC-12 NG that is based out of Kalamazoo. The aircraft holds up to nine passengers and has a speed of 328 mph.

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