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February 15, 2019
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Suburban Inns named Michael Weinrich its food and beverage director for its latest hotel, the Embassy Suites by Hilton at 710 Monroe Ave. NW in downtown Grand Rapids. Weinrich is responsible for all food and beverage operations, including the Whitewater Lounge, Whitewater Café, banquet events and the Embassy Suites’ signature complimentary breakfast space. Weinrich has 12 years of professional experience in the food and beverage industry. He most recently worked as the general manager of several properties under the Urban Feast umbrella, a catering company that had MSU Athletics among its clients.

ADVERTISING & MARKETING

Alyssa Benson joined Kalamazoo-based LKF Marketing as an account manager.

AGRIBUSINESS

Sparta-based Applewood Fresh Growers LLC, a grower, packer, shipper and marketer of Michigan apples, announced the company’s launch. Applewood Fresh ships 21 apple varieties across the country year-round. While officially a new company, Applewood Fresh traces its family-owned roots back to 1935 and the founding of its affiliate Applewood Orchards Inc.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Fleis & VandenBrink announced Jon Moxey and Todd Richter were named senior associates and Eric Walters was named associate.

Prein&Newhof announced it acquired Lansing-based QoE Consulting, an 8-year-old company that specializes in airport engineering and consulting. Prein&Newhof is now the only Michigan-based airport engineering firm serving Michigan’s public and private airports.

ASSOCIATIONS

The American Society of Association Executives announced Julie W. Metsker, president and founder of Grand Rapids-based Professional Association Resources, earned the Certified Association Executive designation. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry.

AWARDS

Holland was recognized by Unishippers Global Logistics with its 2018 Midwest Region LTL Carrier Partner of the Year Award. Winners are chosen based on service quality and performance, loss and damage events, customer service, claims resolution and overall commitment to the partnership.

The Women’s Resource Center will present Axios HR, Consumers Energy, Management Business Solutions and National Heritage Academies with Pillar Awards at its 30th annual Pillar Award Luncheon on March 14. The Pillar Awards honors employers who have implemented best practices to recruit, retain and promote women in their workplaces

Rose Pest Solutions in Troy is the recipient of its second consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Award. This is the seventh time the company has been awarded as a best-in-class provider and service professional by maintaining exceptional ratings and reviews on Angie’s List.

BANKING

Kalamazoo businessman Nick Zafer stepped into the role of director of the board of Consumers Credit Union, filling the vacated term left by chairman Brad Lawton, who retired at the end of 2018 after 14 years of service.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Arlington, Virginia-based Willis Towers Watson announced the appointment of Nate Anderson as the Michigan and East Central markets leader for its Global Services and Solutions business. GSS advises the headquarters of multinational companies on the strategy, execution and oversight of its people and risk programs around the world.

ENERGY

Galesburg-based Eaton announced its Vehicle Group’s Aftermarket division reached a distribution agreement with Bezares SA to become the North American master distributor for its mobile power hydraulic portfolio. Eaton also will provide post-sale service and support through its extensive Roadranger field team.

HEALTH

Dr. Megan M. Edison was installed as president of the Kent County Medical Society at its 116th annual meeting of the membership.

The Kent County Health Department and My Community Dental Centers opened a third Kent County MCDC dental center. The center, located at 890 3 Mile Road NW, Suite 4 in Walker, provides quality dental care to children and adults enrolled in Medicaid, including Healthy Kids Dental, Healthy Michigan Plan and private dental insurance. The new six-chair dental center will initially treat patients on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information or to register as a new patient, call (877) 313-6232 or visit mydental.org.

QTbreasthealth, a breast imaging center designed to provide women with a comfortable experience and reliable, radiation-free imaging, launched a center at 2155 East Paris Ave. SE.

LEGAL

The Britt Law Group PC announced the addition of attorney Scott A. Noto, who has joined the firm specializing in, but not limited to, criminal defense, civil litigation and military/veterans law.

Clark Hill PLC announced the addition of Jeffrey Dornbos as senior counsel in its Grand Rapids office, in the labor and employment practice.  

Dykema announced the addition of William B. Murphy to its business litigation practice group as a senior counsel in the firm’s Grand Rapids office. Murphy joins Dykema after serving on Michigan’s Court of Appeals for the past 30 years, including five years as Chief Judge of the Court, and three terms as the court’s Chief Judge Pro Tem.

Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC attorney Ryan E. Lamb was elected shareholder of the firm.

Mika Meyers PLC recently elected the following lawyers to its management committee for 2019: Benjamin A. Zainea (chair), Ross A. Leisman and Nikole L. Canute.

Miller Johnson welcomed Teresa Rajala to its estate planning group. She will practice from the Kalamazoo office.

Warner Norcross + Judd announced partners Christian E. Meyer was named chair of the real estate practice group and Gordon J. Toering was appointed chair of the restructuring and insolvency law practice group.

LEISURE & RECREATION

Allegan-based Ropes Courses Inc. is assisting Lucy "LuLu" Buffett, owner of three popular LuLu's restaurants in Destin, Florida; Gulf Shores, Alabama; and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in opening her second outdoor Sky Trail aerial attraction in mid-February at Buffett's North Myrtle Beach restaurant at Barefoot Landing. The 48-foot-tall Sky Trail is being designed and installed by RCI.

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge announced attorney Kenneth D. Seale joined the firm as a shareholder in the Grand Rapids office.

MANUFACTURING

Lindberg/MPH in Riverside announced the shipment of one Temperite Box Furnace and one Treet-All Box Furnace to work in tandem. The Temperite Box Furnace is configured for aging, annealing, austempering, baking, solution treating and tempering applications, while the Treet-All Box Furnace is configured for annealing, ashing, austempering, brazing, preheating and solution-treating applications.

RETAIL

Lomonaco Sicilian Cookies launched a new line of cookies called Chocolate Sicilian Cookie, which adds to the company’s existing line of six other Sicilian cookies.

Shannon Cohen, founder and principal of Shannon Cohen Inc., attended the recent National Stationery Show in New York City at the Javitz Center. Her Tough Skin Soft Heart product line will be displayed alongside those from Hallmark, American Greetings and other national vendors. It’s the first time Cohen showcased her products nationally.

SERVICES

Camp Bow Wow Byron Center opened its doors at 1310 60th St. SW in Byron Center. The 8,250-square-foot dog day care center and boarding franchise offers, but is not limited to, dog training and grooming, five indoor and outdoor play areas, one teacup play yard, outdoor play equipment and a climate-controlled atmosphere.

TECHNOLOGY

Muskegon-based EarthTronics introduced a new line of high-efficient LED 4-foot Wrap Fixture Series with advanced lighting control capabilities for offices, stairways bathrooms and storage areas for new construction and retrofit commercial projects. Available in 4000K and 5000K with an 80+ CRI, the LED 4-foot Wrap Fixtures from EarthTronics provide 4410 lumens, operating at 120-277 volts. They are equipped with a 0- to 10-volt continuous dimming driver with a dimming range capability of 10 to 100 percent. 

WEBSITES

The Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids announced the launch of its new website, grdiocese.org. The new website is mobile responsive and includes streamlined content and menus with a more visually appealing design.

Lomonaco Sicilian Cookies launched a new web page, jjlomonaco.com.

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