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Industrial supplier opens new facility in Portage


PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A supplier for the automotive and mechanical engineering industries cut the ribbon Monday on a new facility in Portage.

MANN+HUMMEL USA's South Campus allows for future business growth, according to Kurk Wilks, MANN+HUMMEL USA's vice president and general manager.

"Our new building is a great example of our strategic growth plan in action," said Wilks. "By providing innovative solutions to our customers we will continue to grow ag-gressively in the automotive industry."

The 220,000 square-foot facility will produce air cleaner systems, battery frames, and assemble intake manifolds and coolant reservoirs. It's also a warehouse and distribution center. By the end of this year, the company expects to have 200 workers there, bringing its Portage workforce to 500.

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Man killed while riding bike Saturday


ROSS TWP., Mich. (WZZM) A 68-year-old man died Saturday afternoon after he was struck by a van while riding his bicycle.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office says that Dale Alexander of Richland was riding his bike east on M-96 near the Fort Custer entrance at about 3:00pm Saturday. He was riding on the right shoulder and for some reason, he cut sharply across both eastbound lanes. He was hit by an eastbound Chrysler van driven by a 67-year-old Marshall woman.

Alexander was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a helmet. No one in the van was injured. Deputies say that speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash.


Michigan’s Finest Antique Show on September 28

Michigan’s Finest Antique Show on September 28

Known for giving shoppers a large diverse shopping experience and “One of the Ten Best Shows in America”, rated by Antiques Magazine will be at the Allegan County Fairgrounds on Sunday, September 28.

Rain or shine, from 8:00am to 4:00pm the public has the opportunity to visit 200 dealers, outside under canopies, along with 200 dealers inside seven large buildings at the Fairgrounds located at 150 Allegan Co Fair Drive in Allegan, Michigan.

Admission is $4.00 per person.

Visit www.alleganantiques.com for more information.   

Varnum selected as Top Diversity Focused company

Varnum selected as Top Diversity Focused company

The Varnum law firm was recently honored as the top Michigan-based Diversity Focused Company By Corp! Magazine, after initially ranking among 26 companies being recognized for their commitment to diversity. The award was announced Sept.10 at the 8th annual Michigan Salute to Diversity Awards, honoring businesses, organizations and business leaders who have displayed significant achievements in diversity within their organization or the community.

The award recognized Varnum's strong commitment to diversity and inclusion as evidenced by several unique programs and policies, including:

  • Varnum appointed a dedicated Diversity and Inclusion attorney (2013 Corp!

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Varnum selected as Top Diversity Focused company

Varnum selected as Top Diversity Focused company

The Varnum law firm was recently honored as the top Michigan-based Diversity Focused Company By Corp! Magazine, after initially ranking among 26 companies being recognized for their commitment to diversity. The award was announced Sept.10 at the 8th annual Michigan Salute to Diversity Awards, honoring businesses, organizations and business leaders who have displayed significant achievements in diversity within their organization or the community.

The award recognized Varnum's strong commitment to diversity and inclusion as evidenced by several unique programs and policies, including:

  • Varnum appointed a dedicated Diversity and Inclusion attorney (2013 Corp!

Chase reaches speeds of 100 MPH overnight


VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - An attempted traffic stop late Sunday night turned into a high speed chase.

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Just before 11 p.m., a Van Buren County deputy spotted a 2001 GMC Tahoe crossing the center line on 34th Avenue near M-43. The driver of the Tahoe didn't stop, leading to a chase that ended in Kalamazoo County.

WMU celebrates med school opening


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - A celebration is planned for Thursday in honor of the opening of Western Michigan University's new medical school.

The gala celebrating the Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is to include performances by the university's Bronco Marching Band and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra as well as a keynote address by Dr. A. Lorris Betz, chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges' board of directors.

The Stryker Medical School recently welcomed its inaugural class of 54 students. The Kalamazoo school is named for Stryker Corp. founder Homer Stryker.

Its first white-coat ceremony for students and invited guests was Wednesday.

The number of medical schools in Michigan doubled from three to six in recent years, largely in response to a shortage of doctors in many areas.