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Kentwood business battling contraceptives mandate sold


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM)—An auto parts supplier based in Kentwood is changing hands.

Autocam Corporation is being sold to NN Inc., of Johnson City, Tennessee. Autocam produces automobile fuel systems, engines, transmissions and other systems.

Its president, John Kennedy, will become a major stockholder in NN, which is a publicly-held company. It's unclear how the sale will impact employees.

Kennedy and Autocam have been involved in a lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act coverage of contraceptives. Kennedy will retain ownership of the medical portion of the business.


My Town: Spectrum Integrated Care Campus welcomes first patients

My Town: Spectrum Integrated Care Campus welcomes first patients

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Spectrum Health Care's newest facility will welcome its first patients Monday, July 21.

The Integrated Care Campus at East Beltline and Three Mile Road follows a trend in health care all around the country. The facility combines nine of Spectrum's outpatient offices and will offer coordinated health care, including neurology, obstetrics, radiology, family medicine, rehab and Urgent Care, all under one roof.

"We have a building where providers can actually collaborate around the patient," said Seth Wolk with Spectrum Health. "We also have diagnosis services here including radiology and lab services so that the patient hopefully can make one stop. So it is really meant to be convenient."

My Town: Kentwood residents still cleaning up after tornado

My Town: Kentwood residents still cleaning up after tornado

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- Residents are still cleaning up the damage from an EF-1 tornado that ripped through Kentwood earlier this month.

Several residents are reporting extensive damage,  from flattened garages to downed tree trunks. When the tornado hit Kentwood,  residents said it sounded as if a freight train was zooming by the area. A community coming together was the mantra that night, with neighbors checking on one another and helping clean up the damage.

The Home Depot on 54th Street helped cut down tree trunks and branches with chainsaws.

"It is just nice to see wonderful people help out a wonderful community," an employee from The Home Depot told me. "It just makes you want to jump in and help. It could have happened to anyone."

My Town: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

My Town: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

GRAND RAPIDS – Starting this week, people in Kent County will be receiving letters and phone calls asking families to take part in the 2014 Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

This health survey is the largest-conducted telephone survey in the world. The survey will help the KCHD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to track critical health issues, as well as creating and evaluating public health programs in Kent County. Issues and Answers, a phone marketing research firm, will be conducting the survey on behalf of the Kent County Health Department (KCHD).

My Town: Better Parts Challenge held in Kentwood

My Town: Better Parts Challenge held in Kentwood

 

KENTWOOD, Mich.  – Nearly 20 regional leaders in the parts-manufacturing industry took part in the Better Parts Challenge hosted by Jenoptik Industrial Metrology, a leading developer and manufacturer of industrial metrology products. 

Manufacturing engineers gathered at Metro Cal, a regional sales partner of Jenoptik, to challenge Jenoptik‘s metrology experts with precision measurement issues that are encountered during the manufacturing process.  Jenoptik technicians demonstrated how new precision measurement devices and software can help produce higher quality parts. In addition to the demonstrations, attendees listened to industry seminars on surface finish and form.

My Town: Grand Rapids Community College celebrates centennial with '100 Ways to Give'

My Town: Grand Rapids Community College celebrates centennial with '100 Ways to Give'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids Community College is celebrating its centennial anniversary, but the birthday presents are going to local charities and organizations.

College faculty and staff created the 100 Ways to Give program, which includes service projects throughout the community.

“GRCC cannot properly celebrate 100 years without including the community that has given us our name and our mission,” said President Dr. Steven C. Ender. “West Michigan has made us what we are today, and it is a privilege to share this milestone with organizations and people who do so much good for our area.”

GRCC’s Grants and Resource Development Office launched the first project this month.  They’re trying to collect 100 items for care packages that will go to foster children at the D.A. Blodgett- St. John’s Home.

My Town: Restaurant Week GR to include specials from 66 restaurants

My Town: Restaurant Week GR to include specials from 66 restaurants

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Restaurant Week is about a month away, but you can start making your plans by salivating over the menus.

The 5th annual event runs from Aug. 13 to Aug. 24 at 66 Grand Rapids restaurants. This year, the theme is "Perfect Pairings" to showcase beverages that pair well with foods.

Restaurants are now taking reservations for Restaurant Week Grand Rapids. This year, 44 restaurants will offer 3-course locally inspired menus for $28 per person, including:

 

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