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My Town: West Michigan home to two of the top corn growers

My Town: West Michigan home to two of the top corn growers

West Michigan is home to two of the top corn growers in the state.

Hoeve Farms in Holland and Scott Jirgens farm in Kalamazoo were among the winners of the National Corn Yield Contest.  Hoeve Farms harvested 266.8 bushels of corn per acre, earning it third place among irrigated farms in Michigan. Scott Jirgens’ farm yielded 221.9 bushels of corn per acre, putting it in third place among no-till/strip-till irrigated farms in the state.

This was the 50th year for the National Corn Yield Contest.

My Town: AT&T to hire 112 additional workers in Michigan

My Town: AT&T to hire 112 additional workers in Michigan

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—AT&T is expanding its workforce in Michigan.

The telecommunications company plans to hire 112 additional workers in the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Southeast Michigan areas.

“AT&T continues to expand its customer base in Michigan and invest in our network to ensure we are providing the high level of service customers have come to expect," said Jim Murray, president of AT&T Michigan. “As part our commitment to this level of customer service and to support our growth in Michigan, we are pleased to have the opportunity to welcome more than 100 residents to the AT&T family.”

 The new jobs include part-time and full-time openings that come with benefits.  For more information, visit AT&T’s website.

Celebrated Service: The top business picks by patrons

Celebrated Service: The top business picks by patrons

ADA, Mich.—Six small businesses that have won over patrons will soon be honored on the big screen.

Celebration Cinema recently announced the winners of its 2015 Celebrated Service Award.  The latest winners include Wolfgang’s Restaurant in Grand Rapids, Sweet Spot Disc Golf in Muskegon and Crow’s Nest restaurant in Portage.  Other honorees include Hair Innovations & Day Spa in Benton Harbor, Golden Harvest in Lansing and Mitchell’s Gourmet Deli & Market in Mount Pleasant.

Celebration Cinema says the public cast 36,400 votes for this year’s finalists. 

Consumers Credit Union of Kalamazoo Coming to Grand Rapids

Consumers Credit Union of Kalamazoo Coming to Grand Rapids

Consumers Credit Union of Kalamazoo is building two branch offices in the metro area. One branch office, under construction is located in Cascade near the Meijer store at the corner of 28th St. SE & Kraft Avenue. The other office will be constructed in Gaines Township located at 6770 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Grand Rapids.

Consumers, currently has 14 offices in the Southwestern part of the state, which includes Holland, Coldwater, Portage & Kalamazoo.

Visit www.consumerscu.org 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!

My Town: Meijer to hire thousands ahead of holidays

My Town: Meijer to hire thousands ahead of holidays

 

WALKER, Mich.—  A Walker-based retail store is hiring thousands more workers ahead of the holiday season.

Meijer recently announced it plans to hire more than 10,000 additional employees for stores in five states. Nearly half of the new hires, approximately 4,800 people, will happen in Michigan. The additional employees are needed to cover duties newly opened stores, as well as the upcoming busy holiday shopping season.  Meijer opened or is opening nine new stores in 2014; the retailer plans to open additional locations in 2015.

The openings will be for a variety of positions, from cashiers to meat cutting.  The majority of positions will be part time and seasonal.  Interested candidates can apply online on Meijer’s website

Meijer currently operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

My Town: New Cafe takes shape in Portage

My Town: New Cafe takes shape in Portage

PORTAGE, Mich.—A new coffee shop is popping up in Portage.

Water Street Coffee Joint is working on opening its fourth storefront at the Portage Centre Plaza, at 245 West Centre Street, Suite B.  The café will include a full service coffee bar, sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts, flowers, bagged coffee and tea and a gift area.  The business will also include new features, including a slow bar for coffees brewed by the cup and a drive-through.
 

Water Street Coffee Joint operates five businesses in Kalamazoo, including a coffee roaster site and kitchen.  The new storefront is expected to open late this year.