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ICEA Assists B&O Saws with Expansion

The Ionia County Economic Alliance (ICEA) is proud to announce that Belding-based B&O Saws will be expanding in Ionia County, adding nearly 14,000 sq. ft. to its facility and adding 3 new employees. The B&O Saws manufactures high-precision metal sawing machinery for the aluminum extrusion, metal fabrication, and service center industries. The company also designs and fabricates auxiliary equipment such as stock handling systems and chip collectors. ICEA worked with B&O Saws over a period of months to ensure the company had the resources and support it needed to continue its growth and investment in Ionia[...]

The Right Place assists Italian manufacturer in selecting Grand Rapids area for first North American plant

The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Gaines Charter Township, has announced that Italian-based Siliconature Corporation will establish the company’s first North American manufacturing facility at 4495 68th Street SE, Kentwood, Michigan 40548.  The company is investing approximately $20 million to develop the facility that is expected create at least 26 high-tech manufacturing jobs. The MEDC is supporting the new development with the approval of a $286,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant Gaines Charter Township approved the creation of an industrial development district for the property and is considering the approval of a PA 198 local tax aba[...]

The Right Place attracts major closet design brand to West Michigan

California Closets Today The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Cascade Charter Township, announced that Berkeley, California-based custom storage manufacturer and retailer California Closets will establish a new manufacturing facility at 4930 Kraft Ave. SE, just south of Gerald R. Ford International Airport. The project is expected to create at least 61 new jobs and invest over $5.7 million in the new facility. Founded in 1978, California Closets produces custom storage options for all areas of the home. The company is expanding furniture manufacturing operations to the Eastern U.S. to supply its distribution locations there.  The [...]

Regional leaders to launch West Michigan Prosperity Dashboard

On Friday, February 17th, West Michigan’s leading economic development, workforce development, and infrastructure leaders convened to announce the launch of the West Michigan Regional Dashboard, an online tool that will track the region’s progress on critical economic, environmental, and social indicators. The goal of the dashboard is to inform, educate, and focus regional strategies to increase West Michigan’s overall health and prosperity The West Michigan Regional Dashboard is and online tool that establishes a common set of shared indicators that will track the region’s progress on critical economic, environmental, and social outcomes. The West Michigan Regional Prosperi[...]

Grand Rapids ranked in top 20 best places to live

West Michigan's largest city has found itself on yet another list of accolades: US News has ranked Grand Rapids one of the top 20 best cities to live. Grand Rapids is highlighted for its healthy job market, affordable housing, and outdoor recreational activities. It's also one of the fastest growing metros in the country with more and more families looking to call Grand Rapids home.  Affordability The cost of living in Grand Rapids is much lower than other US cities, with below average housing, healthcare, and grocery costs. It's also one of the nation's hottest housing markets thanks to the city's strong[...]

The Right Place retains local ag-tech firm in West Michigan

The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), have announced that Saranac-based Poultry Management Systems Inc. (PMSI) will be expanding in Lowell, adding at least 27 high-tech jobs and investing more than $2 million to support the expansion. The company currently employs 19 full-time professionals. As a result, the company’s 15,000 sq. ft. planned facility will stay in Michigan, located at 890 OE Bieri Industrial Drive, Lowell, Michigan, 49331. It will house new software development, light manufacturing and assembly of electronic components. Increased demand for cage free eggs and changing industry standards for the production of cage free eggs has si[...]

The Right Place board of directors changes for 2017

The Right Place, Inc. recently appointed five new board members to the 2017 Right Place board of directors, replacing eight retiring board members. Reappointed as Officers 2017-2018 Chair:  Brian Walker, President and CEO, Herman MillerVice Chair:  Sean Welsh, Regional President, PNC Financial ServicesTreasurer:  Mitch Joppich, Grand Rapids Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLPExecutive Committee Appointments  Thomas Haas, President, Grand Valley State UniversitySandra Jelinski, President/CEO, Lake Michigan Credit UnionBill Payne, Vice Chair, Amway Corp.New Appointments to the 2016 board of directors:  Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., MD MHS, Dean, Michigan State University College of Human MedicineMatt Becker, Managing Partner, BDO USA, LLPSusan Hatto, Dean of Co[...]

7 trends to watch in the West Michigan economy

The Right Place recently hosted its 21st annual Economic Outlook for West Michigan. The economic forecast was attended by over 400 of West Michigan business and community leaders, and included presentations from Birgit Klohs, President and CEO of The Right Place, along with Jim Robey of the Upjohn Institute.  Robey provided an overview of regional, state, and national trends as they relate to West Michigan, while Klohs shared her insights into the region's current and future economic opportunities and challenges.  Several key trends emerged. 1. Grand Rapids continues to perform well against comparable cities Each year at the Economic Outlook we benchmark th[...]

Montcalm County receives Broadband Certification

Today, The Right Place, Inc. and the Montcalm Economic Alliance, in partnership with Connect Michigan, announced that Montcalm County is now a certified “Connected Community” under Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program. Today, Connect Michigan presented Montcalm County’s certification and its Technology Action Plan to the Montcalm County Economic Alliance. The release of this plan follows months of extensive analysis of the community’s broadband and technology standing and understanding its technology goals. The Technology Action Plan gives step-by-step action items to ensure Montcalm County reaches those technology goals. The Right Place, and other economic development colleagues in West Mich[...]

Grand Rapids Real Estate Market Makes Top 10 for 2017

Grand Rapids, Michigan has been named one of the 10 hottest real estate markets in the nation by Trulia.com Trulia compiles its list of the hottest markets to watch annually, and for 2017 Grand Rapids landed in the #4 spot. The top 10 is dominated by Florida communities and other southern cities, making Grand Rapids the only city north of the Mason Dixon line to land in the top ranks.  So why was Grand Rapids the only Midwest city in the top 10? According to Trulia, Grand Rapids was selected for its affordability, along with the fact that Grand Rapids is "booming." Job growth in [...]

​NVINT Services LLC to invest $364,000, creating 26 high-tech jobs in West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH (1/11/17):  Today, The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), announced that West Michigan-based NVINT Services LLC will be expanding, adding at least 26 jobs and investing $364,000 to support the expansion. The MEDC is supporting the expansion with the approval of a $175,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. The grant incentive package is intended to help offset the costs related to the expansion and recruiting, attracting, and training high-skilled and high-demand computer engineers and programmers. NVINT is a global technology company providing customized infrastructure solutions, managed information technology services, cloud solutions and enterprise hardware [...]

3,100 students tour West Michigan manufacturers for Manufacturing Day 2016

This past October 75 local manufacturers opened their doors for Manufacturing Day/Week. This event is dedicated to expanding knowledge and altering the perception of manufacturing careers. Over 3,100 students attended the events to take part in facility tours, hands-on activities, videos, and discussion. If you're interested in participating in Manufacturing Day/Week 2017, please visit www.Discover-Manufacturing.com for more information.