An in-depth look at specific West Michigan industries.


Airport starting 2016 on a high note

GFIA experiences a 10 percent to 12 percent surge in annual passenger counts.

December 25, 2015
2015 was a record-breaker for the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, which saw its passenger numbers grow beyond 2014 a month before the year was over. Read More

Grand Rapidians can expect a changing landscape

2016 will bring leadership transitions and continued development.

December 25, 2015
The city of Grand Rapids is “ringing in the New Year” with a transition of leadership, as Rosalynn Bliss assumes the mayoral role Jan. 1, Dave Allen becomes Third Ward Commissioner, and Jon O’Connor takes on the role of a First Ward Commissioner. Read More

New Year brings familiar challenges for economic development

A gap in skilled talent remains top of mind.

December 25, 2015
Economic development organizations such as Grand Rapids-based The Right Place Inc. and Zeeland-based Lakeshore Advantage seek to drive economic prosperity in the West Michigan region by attracting, retaining and expanding businesses and providing support for job seekers and potential talent. Read More

Maker of medical models sees many opportunities for growth

Firm features some of the same technologies used in the auto industry.

December 18, 2015
While 2009 was an awful year for many West Michigan businesses, Jim TenBrink and Joel Zylstra saw it as their window of opportunity for starting a medical modeling company with a new approach to product development. Read More

Training program readies workers for manufacturing careers

Talent shortage will become more acute as current workers retire.

December 18, 2015
“Without tool-and-die makers and machinists to build things, our country is going to be in trouble,” said Rob Willsea, recruiting and sales manager for Expert Technical Training. Read More

Auto suppliers are enjoying an industry-wide resurgence

But if incentives can’t keep auto sales rolling, all bets are off.

December 18, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Since the Great Recession, the auto industry has been on an upswing, a positive change that’s been more evident in Michigan than anywhere else. Read More

Video system maker for vehicles zooms in on growth

Pro Vision sees success in transit, law enforcement and commercial markets.

December 11, 2015
A local company that equips police cruisers, transit buses and commercial and industrial vehicles across the globe with mobile camera systems is gearing up for growth as it sees increasing opportunities across all three of its market segments. Read More

Michigan lags in charging stations for electric vehicles

December 11, 2015
LANSING — Michigan has only 2 percent of the nation’s public charging stations for electric vehicles. Lansing has the most — 27 — followed by Detroit with 25. Read More

State updating 20-year transportation plan

December 11, 2015
The long-range transportation plan for Michigan is ready for public opinion. Read More

State will test more high-speed rails

Amtrak route from Detroit to Chicago will be one of the first options examined.

December 11, 2015
LANSING — Part of Michigan’s passenger rail service goes 110 miles an hour — but not all of it. Read More