Improving the image of Muskegon both internally and externally will top the list of initiatives set by the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce in 2015.
The theme, titled "Make an Impression," was announced by Muskegon chamber President Cindy Larsen and new board chairman Larry Hines last week.
In recent years, the chamber has focused on the development of downtown Muskegon and supporting potential entrepreneurs in the area. Both areas will continue to be focal points for the chamber with more than 1,100 business members, but the push to promote Muskegon is one that will likely be in place for multiple years.
Larry Hines knows a thing or two about running a successful operation.
Hines, the president and founder of Hines Corporation, a holding company which owns industrial manufacturers in Michigan, Ohio and Minnesota, was recently named board chair of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce.
It's a position chamber leadership has wanted him to hold for a long time, but as far as Hines is concerned, he won't have to do much.
"The chamber is a very well-structured and organized chamber," he said. "So in that regard, I don't have to bring much to the party. It's been in place for 123 years so it's a very well-established organization. They've been doing a lot of things that need to be done for a long time."
A trio of Muskegon's largest manufacturers have launched a cooperative effort designed to improve the health of their employees.
The Muskegon Manufacturers Health and Wellness Clinics are the result of a partnership between Eagle Group, Fleet Engineers and Port City Group. At the crux of the innovative, multi-year effort is the implementation of two medical clinics located on the campuses of the businesses.
The idea of having medical clinics on site is a unique one in West Michigan, but leadership in the three companies expect it is one that will produce positive results.\
The Norton Shores-based paper and supply company Nichols just keeps growing.
As part of the company's strategic plan for continued growth and expansion, Nichols has acquired Professional Sanitary Supply, a janitorial and industrial supply distributor based in Waterford Township near Detroit. Nichols announced that the agreement closed on Jan. 12.
This is the third acquisition the company has made in the last 18 months and the latest in a series of acquisitions the company has made in its 78-year history.
West Michigan manufacturer and a new startup company, Products That Work LLC, has already made a sizable impact in the re-use of plastic bags.
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Products That Work LLC and Camcar Plastics Inc, have been making steady progress marketing their new BagSavr+ patented container for reusing plastic grocery bags with sales online, in grocery, college, hardware and RV markets.
One of the fastest-growing motorcycle festivals in the country is about to grow a lot more.
Organizers of the widely-popular Muskegon Bike Time announced on Wednesday, Jan. 7, plans to significantly expand the festival in time for the 2015 event scheduled to take place July 16-19.
The new plans will utilize 90 acres of the area formally known as Great Lakes Downs, 4800 S. Harvey St., in addition to Western Avenue in downtown Muskegon where it has been held its previous eight years in existence.
While talent development and some legislative reforms may prove to be challenges, West Michigan chambers of commerce executives feel confident looking ahead to 2015 as they project increased business investment in their individual communities.
For Muskegon, leaders are optimistic about “a lot of strategic growth” among member businesses “that’s a little different than in the past,” said Cindy Larsen, president of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce.
NORTON SHORES, MI – Muskegon-based paper and supply company Nichols recently announced the latest expansion to its ever-growing operation.
The company, headquartered at 1391 Judson Road in Norton Shores, acquired Kellermeyer of Bowling Green, Ohio, on Oct. 28. It is the latest acquisition the company has made over the course of its 78-year history.
The Meat Block has been providing premium products to the Muskegon area for more than a century.
The 107-year-old meat business has survived through five generations of owners thanks to its stock of unique products and constant dedication to quality service and premium meats.
Due to a recent surge in retail sales, the family-owned business completed the first significant expansion to its building located at 2330 E. Broadway Ave. since the 1940s. The 3,200-square-foot expansion, which was completed in early November, includes 2,400 square feet of retail space.
Alcoa Power and Propulsion announced on Thursday, Dec. 11 plans for a significant expansion to its Whitehall facility.
The facility, which serves as the global headquarters for the business unit of Alcoa Engineered Products and Solutions, plans to expand its existing operation by investing $16.7 million into the company's Thermatech plant.
The 7,700-square-foot expansion, which will "double the operation's high-technology coating capacity," will also allow for the creation of 25 new jobs, according to a press release.
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