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Rehmann recognized on CRN’S 2019 Solution Provider 500 list

TROY, Mich., June 11, 2019 – Rehmann announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named the Firm to its 2019 Solution Provider 500 list. This is the ninth year in a row the Firm has received this recognition (previously listed as Trivalent Group).


The Solution Provider 500 features those IT companies in North America that have earned the highest revenue during the past year. Those who make the list are considered the highest performing technology integrators, strategic service providers and IT consultants.


“We are honored to be named to CRN’s distinguished list of solution providers,” said Larry R. Andrus, Rehmann’s president of technology solutions. “As we remain committed to delivering innovative solutions to our clients, we are excited to be recognized among such an elite group.”


Backed by experienced engineers, technicians and consultants, Rehmann provides managed services and other IT solutions to more than 700 clients.


“The companies on this year’s list represent an incredible combined revenue of $320 billion, a sum that attests to their success in staying ahead of rapidly changing market demands,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “Congratulations to the solution provider organizations leading the way in digital transformation and the latest technology services.”


The complete 2019 Solution Provider 500 list is available online at


About Rehmann

Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services and advisory firm that provides accounting and assurance, comprehensive technology, accounting and human resource solutions, specialized consulting and wealth management services. For more than 75 years, Rehmann has provided forward-thinking solutions, making it our duty to anticipate our clients’ daily and future needs. Rehmann has nearly 900 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at


About The Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequalled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace.


Westwind and UK-based Renishaw plc to celebrate groundbreaking of state-of-the-art facility in Norton Shores

NORTON SHORES, MI  — A 52,000 square-foot manufacturing and engineering facility is scheduled to open in Norton Shores in early 2020. A collaboration between Grand Haven-based Westwind and UK-based Renishaw, a global engineering technologies company, is making this state-of-the-art facility a reality.


Renishaw Metrology Fixturing Solutions of Grand Haven, part of the Renishaw Group since 2012, will move into the completed facility. Located at the corner of Grand Haven Road and Devin Drive, the new facility will set the standard for local manufacturing as a highly energy-efficient, brightly lit, thoughtfully detailed workplace, full of the latest technology in indoor air management, power distribution, as well as a 150KW solar array as part of Renishaw’s global commitment to environmental responsibility. The facility will also feature staff dining, an outdoor patio area, and on-site water features to further enhance the working environment.


“This is a major investment in Western Michigan and the only Renishaw R&D and manufacturing facility in the US. Supporting both our current technology roadmap and future advanced engineering, this exceptional new facility will continue the high standard for Renishaw manufacturing,” said Drew Baker, General Manager for Renishaw Metrology Fixturing Solutions.


Renishaw will be expanding their team when they take up residence in the new facility, and the expansive facility allows room for the entire operation to double in the future, thus bringing more jobs to the Norton Shores area.


“We are very excited to showcase this exceptional project, born of collaboration between the teams at Renishaw, Bergmann, and Westwind, to produce such a high-functioning facility. The impact of our combined input has delivered an engineering and manufacturing space that is sure to set the standard,” said Mark Bonser, Senior Project Manager for Westwind.


A groundbreaking is planned for Tuesday, May 21 from 9-11am. The event will take place at 5500 Grand Haven Road in Norton Shores. The public is welcome to attend.


For more information, contact Mark Bonser, Westwind, at 616-607-2078 or

Goodwill honors achievers at banquet

From left to right: Alex Scripture, Joe Burmeister, and Mark Gutierrez

Goodwill hosted its ninth annual Achievers of the Year Awards Luncheon on May 8 at the Trillium Event Center in Spring Lake.


Alex Scripture, Joe Burmeister and Mark Gutierrez were honored for their outstanding accomplishments in 2018.


Employer Partner of the Year awards went to Seaver Finishing, Dutch Treat Foods and

Industrial Metal Cleaning Corporation.


Haven Innovation was named Contract Partner of the Year, and Muskegon Community Police Officers Armando Alamillo and Steven Clark were recognized as Volunteers of the Year. Thank you to everyone who came to support and celebrate! Please enjoy our photos and the video presentation from this year’s event below.View the photo album

Local Business Manager, Summer Thompson, Named to NSBA Leadership Council

Fremont, Michigan – Summer Thompson, E&M Design Solutions, Fremont MI, was recently named to the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council. NSBA is the nation’s oldest small-business advocacy organization and operates on a staunchly nonpartisan basis. Thompson, a recognized leader in the small-business community, joins the NSBA Leadership Council alongside other small-business advocates from across the country as they work to promote the interests of small business to policymakers in Washington, D.C.


“As a small-business manager, I see daily the importance of being involved and active when it comes to laws and regulations,” stated Thompson. “Joining NSBA’s Leadership Council will enable me to take our collective small-business message to the people that need to hear it most: Congress.”


Summer Thompson, Manager – Business Process and Project Manager for E&M Design Solutions, has a comprehensive background in business and project management within a manufacturing setting. Her role in the company involves Departmental Management Systems, training, end to end project management, internal auditing, audit preparation, and industrial services systems/compliance.  She has a passion for the success of small business and looks forward to the opportunity to advocate where it really matters most, our leaders.


Thompson joined the NSBA Leadership Council as part of her efforts to tackle the many critical issues facing small business, including tax reform, regulatory restraint, health care costs and how the Affordable Care Act will impact small business. The NSBA Leadership Council is focused on providing valuable networking between small-business advocates from across the country while ensuring small business a seat at the table as Congress and regulators take up key small-business proposals.


“I am proud to have Summer Thompson as part of our Leadership Council,” stated NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken. “She came to us highly recommended and I look forward to our coordinated efforts for years to come.”


Please click here to learn more about E&M Design Solutions.


For more on the NSBA Leadership Council, please visit


E&M Design Solutions is 100% women owned and operated firm providing quality, leadership and engineering trainings, quality management systems development/maintenance, ISO internal auditing and small business consultancy services.  They are a proud WBE certified business, most recently became active in federal contracting, and are pursuing WOSB certification.  This small firm had its start in 2009, during the recession, and continues to enjoy a familial like atmosphere within its team members.

Muskegon Surgery Center is First Surgery Center in Michigan, Second in Nation to Use Mazor X™ Stealth Robotic Guidance Platform for Spine Surgery

Muskegon Surgery Center is First Surgery Center in Michigan, Second in Nation to Use Mazor X™ Stealth Robotic Guidance Platform for Spine Surgery


Muskegon, Michigan – Muskegon Surgery Center (MSC) is pleased to announce it will now offer surgical spine procedures using the Mazor X™ Stealth Robotic Guidance Platform for Spine Surgery. MSC is only the second ambulatory surgery center in the nation, and the first in Michigan to make this state-of-the-art robotic spine system technology available to its patients.


As spinal surgery has evolved, more focus has been placed on minimally-invasive techniques, and this is where the Mazor XTM Platform can deliver its greatest technological benefits. Smaller incisions associated with minimally-invasive procedures can pose a challenge to surgeons due to the limited view of the patient’s anatomy. The Mazor X™ Stealth Robotic Guidance Platform helps to overcome this challenge with a 3D comprehensive surgical plan and analytics that give the surgeon comprehensive information and visualization before the surgery starts. The ability to create a plan with this level of detail results in greater precision and fewer changes during surgery.


“Muskegon Surgery Center has been an innovative leader in Michigan’s outpatient surgical care industry since it opened in 2009,” said CEO Julie Greene. “We were the first in West Michigan to create outpatient total knee, outpatient total hip and outpatient spine surgery programs. Now, with this addition, we are the first ambulatory surgery center in the United States to offer both the Mazor X™ Stealth Platform for spine surgery and the Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System for hip and knee joint replacement. This is another example of our commitment to providing the best possible surgical experience for our patients and their families, and West Michigan residents should be aware that they do not need to travel to benefit from the finest outpatient technology and care available.”


About Muskegon Surgery Center

Muskegon Surgery Center is a nationally accredited multi-specialty outpatient surgery center with specialists in orthopaedics, urology, ear/nose/throat (ENT), plastic surgery (hand and cosmetic), general surgery and ophthalmology. MSC offers an innovative recovery care program for patients who need more than a few hours of post-surgery care and/or patients who come from longer distances. MSC also works with payors and insurance networks across the U.S. to develop programs that can reduce the overall cost of care for patients and their employers.


Meet 7 organizations that embody ‘excellence’ in Muskegon


Chamber honoring Excellence Award winners

A chamber of commerce in the region is producing its first Excellence Awards.


The luncheon by the Muskegon Lakeshore Area Chamber of Commerce will be this Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center Downtown Muskegon, at 939 Third St.


The chamber has historically given out a single entrepreneur award each year. Starting this year, the Excellence Awards will honor award winners in seven categories.


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Rehmann Named One of Accounting Today’s Fastest-Growing Firms

TROY, Mich., March 28, 2019 – Rehmann was named one of Accounting Today’s Fastest-Growing Firms in the United States, ranking among the country’s Top 100 Firms and Regional Leaders.


Accounting Today releases an annual ranking of the largest practices in tax and accounting. The list includes the top firms’ growth strategies, service areas and client niches as well as a host of benchmarking data. The publication also recognizes a list of Fastest-Growing Firms, which is comprised of accounting practices with the highest 2018 revenue growth in percentage terms.


Ranking 14th among the Fastest-Growing Firms in the country, Rehmann showed a 23.28 percent growth rate with revenue totaling $143 million in 2018. Only 20 firms reported growth above 20 percent.


“Ranking among the top 20 Fastest-Growing Firms in the country underscores Rehmann’s commitment to our growth as a firm,” said Randy Rupp, CEO at Rehmann. “At the same time, we’re proud to pursue such growth while continuing to deliver the exceptional results and client service we are known for.”


Rehmann was the only firm headquartered in Michigan to be recognized as one of the top Fastest-Growing Firms.


Accounting Today’s 2019 class of Top 100 Firms and Regional Leaders showed a higher growth rate overall than the results released in 2018. The ranking features firms nationwide and in 10 major geographic regions.


About Rehmann


Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services firm of CPAs & consultants, wealth advisors and corporate investigators dedicated to providing clients proactive ideas and solutions to help them prosper professionally and personally. Additionally, through a unique combination with Trivalent Group®, a top 100 managed IT service provider, we have expanded our technology capabilities and launched a managed IT solutions practice. Rehmann has nearly 900 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at


Contact: Holly Shier




Shoreline Foot & Ankle Associates Hires New Associate – Welcome Dr. Paparella!

The addition of our new physician, Dr. Tarin Paparella, has added to our scope of practice, which now includes rearfoot and ankle deformities, ankle replacements, and ankle fractures. She also treats bunions and hammer toes, flatfoot deformities, fractures, and more.


Dr. Paparella practices at our Muskegon, Fremont, and Ludington offices. She is currently accepting new patients!


To schedule an appointment, call us at 231-733-1111 or go to our website at

Leading Muskegon County Credit Union to Open Downtown, Introduce New Technology

MUSKEGON, MI – A leading Muskegon County Credit Union will establish a new downtown Muskegon
presence at the same time as it introduces new interactive teller technology in the local market.
Family Financial Credit Union will open its third branch office in the street level of High Point Flats, the eight-story
mixed-use apartment building at West Western Avenue and First Street. FFCU will lease 3,500-square-feet from
Parkland Properties, developer/manager of the 47-market rate apartments that have been 100 percent occupied since
opening earlier in 2018.


“For the credit union, this is an opportunity to expand our services to a new customer base,” said FFCU Board
Chairman Dave Stamy, a retired engineer from Sealed Power/SPX and owner of Twin Lake Auto and Tire. “Our
strategic plan is to branch out into the community. There is a new excitement in downtown Muskegon where they
need our credit union services.”


FFCU will be creating a “downtown community center” with the new branch which will share the main level
commercial space with another new Parkland tenant, Boom Town Market – a long awaited convenience food store
in the heart of the downtown.


The credit union space will have a “café-feel” with WiFi Internet service as the public –members and
nonmembers alike – will be encouraged to work and socialize in the branch space, according to FFCU CEO Deb
Dietz. The credit union’s interior space will be built out by Muskegon Quality Builders with as many local
subcontractors as possible, she said.


The downtown branch will be equipped with two new interactive teller machines, which work as an ATM but
with much greater service-providing capabilities and interactive video with credit union staff. The new downtown
credit union branch will open in the first half of 2019 with a staff of 8. FFCU staff will offer retail accounts,
consumer loans, mortgages and commercial loans from the new branch but credit union headquarters will remain in
Norton Shores at 3575 Henry Street. FFCU also has branches in North Muskegon at 1798 Holton and in Hart at
4075 Polk.


FFCU began as the Sealed Power Employees Federal Credit Union in 1942 and received its community charter
as Family Financial Credit Union in 2004. Overall, FFCU has $113 million in assets, 16,000 members and 40
employees. It has experienced healthy growth with annual average asset increases of 4 percent, Dietz said.
The credit union will renovate space once occupied by Hackley Union Bank and during the Muskegon Mall era
Comerica Bank. A huge bank vault will remain as part of the credit union branch, becoming a focal point of the