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Local businesses receive Catalyst Awards for job creation

Local businesses receive Catalyst Awards for job creation

Southwest Michigan First is honoring dozens of regional companies for creating jobs and leading innovation.

On May 22, more than 50 businesses, organizations and individuals received a 2013 Catalyst Award.  Southwest Michigan First handed out its first Catalyst Awards in 2005.

This year’s recipients include: 

  • AluTech
  • American Axle & Manufacturing
  • Arcadia Brewing Company
  • Asama Coldwater Manufacturing
  • Behnke Trucking and Warehousing
  • Borgess Health
  • Bowers Manufacturing Company
  • Brembo North America
  • Catalyst Development Company
  • Cosma International
  • Delta Industrial Valves
  • Denso Manufacturing Michigan
  • Dimplex Thermal Solutions
  • EPI Marketing Services
  • Fabri-Kal
  • Faulkner Fabricators
  • Geislinger
  • Getman Corporation
  • Gokoh Coldwater Incorporated
  • Graphic Packaging Int

Wine and cheese tasting May 31

Wine and cheese tasting May 31

KALAMAZOO, Mich.-- If you love cheese and winte, the  Tempo Vino Winery is the place to be on Friday, May 31.

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy  great wines paired up with delicious French cheese samples. 

The Temp Vino Winery is located downtown at 260 E. Michigan Avenue.  The event costs $15 per person.  For more information on this event and others,  visit Tempo Vino Winery's website.

Wyoming business among '50 Companies to Watch'

WYOMING, Mich.- A Wyoming business has made the “50 Companies to Watch” list.

Supermercado Mexico is among the businesses being recognized for its vision, dedication and economic investment to the state.  Companies making the list are chosen by Michigan judges from economic development, banking, entrepreneurial and venture capital areas.  To be nominated, a company must be privately held, commercial, second stage,Michigan based and characterized as established and growing.  Altogther, the 50 companies that made this year’s list generated $937 million in revenue and added 728 employees between 2009 and 2012.

Other companies that made the list include: Gazelle Sports in Kalamazoo, Genemarkers in Kalamazoo, Ideomed in Grand Rapids, ITB Packaging LLC in Holland, Micron Mfg Co. in Walker, Mindscape at Hanon McKendry in Grand Rapids, Newmind Group Inc. in Kalamazoo, PRO-VISION Video Systems in Byron Center, QST Consultations Ltd.

Wyoming business among '50 Companies to Watch'

WYOMING, Mich.- A Wyoming business has made the “50 Companies to Watch” list.

Supermercado Mexico is among the businesses being recognized for its vision, dedication and economic investment to the state.  Companies making the list are chosen by Michigan judges from economic development, banking, entrepreneurial and venture capital areas.  To be nominated, a company must be privately held, commercial, second stage,Michigan based and characterized as established and growing.  Altogther, the 50 companies that made this year’s list generated $937 million in revenue and added 728 employees between 2009 and 2012.

Other companies that made the list include: Gazelle Sports in Kalamazoo, Genemarkers in Kalamazoo, Ideomed in Grand Rapids, ITB Packaging LLC in Holland, Micron Mfg Co. in Walker, Mindscape at Hanon McKendry in Grand Rapids, Newmind Group Inc. in Kalamazoo, PRO-VISION Video Systems in Byron Center, QST Consultations Ltd.

Corp! Magazine names Trivalent Group a 'Michigan Economic Bright Spot'

Corp! Magazine names Trivalent Group a 'Michigan Economic Bright Spot'

GRANDVILLE, Mich.-- Trivalent Group, Inc., one of Michigan’s largest technology firms, has been named one of Corp! Magazine’s Michigan Economic Bright Spots for the fifth consecutive year.

The publication’s annual award recognizes Michigan-based companies and entrepreneurs who are a driving force in the economy and state’s innovation.

“We are honored to be named one of Michigan’s Economic Bright Spot for the fifth year in a row,” said Trivalent Group CEO Larry Andrus. “We continue to grow in revenue and staff and are proud to be making a presence in Michigan.  We could not have accomplished this without the support of our staff and partners.”

Businesses were asked to complete an online questionnaire in order to determine their growth over the past year as well as their economic impact on the state of Michigan. Winners of this year’s awards will be featured in Corp!

Local business among West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

Local business among West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

For the eighth consecutive year, a local business has made the list of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.

Progressive AE has been providing architectural and engineering services to clients for 50 years.  The company is located at 1811 4 Mile Rd. NE.

The rankings are based on confidential employee surveys as well as variety of areas including: diversity, work-life balance, compensation and benefits, recognition, rentention, communication, employee education and community initiatives.

 “We are proud to have once again been selected as one of the best and brightest companies to work for here in West Michigan,” said Bradley H. Thomas, P.E., Progressive AE’s president and CEO.

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Grand Rapids is getting another tribute to the men behind Meijer Stores.

On May 8, the Michigan Historical Commission approved a marker to honor Hendrik and Fred Meijer, who in 1962 became the first grocers to combine two popular retail models—discount department stores and supermarkets—into a single store on 28th Street, called “Thrifty Acres.”  The Meijers then took their model to Holland and Muskegon. 

Meijer now has nearly 200 stores across the Midwest, including Kalamazoo, Walker, Wyoming, Jenison, Rockford, Plainfield Township, Forest Hills, Lowell, Grandville, Kentwood, Grand Haven and Greenville, where Hendrik Meijer opened his very first store in the 1930s.

The new historical marker will be added to more than 1,700 green and gold signs found across the state, that chronicle the people, places and events that make Michigan’s heritage unique and unforgettable.  The historical markers are nominated by spons