Furniture, automotive and other major industries


Furniture maker closing Kentwood plant

January 20, 2020
An out-of-state furniture maker is closing its local manufacturing operation. Read More

Foam products maker begins $1.5M expansion

January 17, 2020
A maker of craft and floral foam products has broken ground on a $1.5 million expansion of its manufacturing facility in the region. Read More

Air compression solutions maker acquires dealer

January 16, 2020
The North American subsidiary of a global supplier of compressed air solutions acquired a local distributor. Read More

Wolverine inks licensing deal with glove maker

January 16, 2020
Wolverine Worldwide has signed a multiyear partnership with a glove manufacturer that will produce a full collection of “work-tough” hand wear. Read More

GM says over 1,350 temps will get full-time jobs by March 31

January 16, 2020
| By AP
DETROIT — More than 1,350 temporary workers at 14 General Motors facilities in the U.S. will get full-time positions before the end of March, according to the company. Read More

Owner sells CNC machining business

January 13, 2020
A pair of local investors have acquired a longtime CNC machining business from its founder and owner. Read More

Mayo Clinic taps local firm for lighting

January 10, 2020
A global manufacturing and electronics company based in West Michigan has collaborated with a health care organization to develop a lighting technology for surgical and other medical applications. Read More

Oral care company acquires toothbrush accessory brand

January 7, 2020
A local maker of oral care products has acquired a toothbrush accessory brand. Read More

Wolverine Worldwide continues contamination cleanup

CAG meetings will continue this year to keep stakeholders informed of remediation progress.

January 3, 2020
Since October, Wolverine Worldwide has been conducting remediation work at the site of its former tannery in Rockford, and the maker of apparel and footwear is now in the process of isolating the waste at the former House Street disposal site to prevent it from spreading in the groundwater. Read More

Herman Miller reflects on gift that’s still giving

Furniture maker shares history of its lean production system during tour of GreenHouse site.

January 3, 2020
In the early 1990s, Herman Miller was “bleeding money” in its pedestal assembly business and desperate to get back on track with assistance from the pioneer of lean manufacturing, Toyota. Read More