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EmploymentGroup names winners of 5 in 5 scholarships

EmploymentGroup names winners of 5 in 5 scholarships

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- EmploymentGroup, a solutions-oriented staffing and outsourced services firm, has announced the winners of its 5 in 5 scholarship program. 

Launched in 2013, the program is a five-year initiative in honor of the company’s 55th anniversary as a leading regional provider of business staffing solutions. EmploymentGroup started the program to give Michigan-based community college students the skills and resources they need to succeed.

As part of the 5 in 5 program, each year three students are awarded scholarships totaling $5,000.  This year, students were encouraged to tie their essay submissions to EmploymentGroup’s mission of helping people succeed, explaining how their future plans include both their own professional growth and helping others excel.

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.

Industrial metrology leader Jenoptik introduces The Better Parts Challenge

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- Jenoptik Industrial Metrology today announced a special 2014 regional event—The Better Parts Challenge—to be held in conjunction with Metrocal in Grand Rapids, Michigan, July 16 and July 17, 2014.

Jenoptik is inviting regional manufacturers to bring their part quality challenges to its experts, who will show how its precision measurement technology can help them produce higher quality parts. Metrocal, a regional Sales Partner, will co-host with Jenoptik as they demonstrate how measuring devices and software can help local manufacturers “make better parts.”

“We know that part manufacturers are constantly striving to make good products better,” states Peter Ackroyd, Jenoptik sales manager. “Precision measurement of surface, form, and dimension will do just that.

My Town: New tenants eye former home of ConAgra Foods

My Town: New tenants eye former home of ConAgra Foods

KENTWOOD, Mich. —   A food manufacturing facility in Kentwood may soon have new tenants, bringing many new jobs to the area.

Robert Goodrich, who owns both buildings at 4490 44th Street, says ConAgra Foods Inc. has been out of the warehouse since June 1 and is winding down operations at the manufacturing facility.  The company plans to move out of the plant by next year.

Goodrich says two companies are interested in the manufacturing site and one large tenant is nearing a deal on the warehouse. No major changes are expected at the facilities.  Goodrich says one of the potential businesses would bring a lot of jobs to the area.  He expects to announce the new tenants within two weeks.

ConAgra Foods announced it was ending operations in Kentwood in January, laying off 260 employees. The energy bar manufacturing facility was only operating at 30 percent capacity, Mayor Stephen Kepley said at the time.

My Town: Consumers Energy backs solar projects for local businesses

My Town: Consumers Energy backs solar projects for local businesses

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—What does a Kalamazoo area school, Ottawa County hops producer and the West Michigan Sports Commission have in common?

All three are teaming up with Consumers Energy to produce solar power.

Consumers has selected 22 projects to back, including  five non-residential programs at Paragon Die & Engineering in Kentwood, Monsignor Hackett High School in Kalamazoo Township, Pure Mitten Hops in Ottawa County, the West Michigan Sports Commission in Grand Rapids and Bonobo Winery in Grand Traverse County.

In addition, Consumers is backing 17 solar projects for residential customers, including those in Kent and Ottawa counties.  The customers were chosen as part of Consumers’ Experimental Advanced Renewable Program.   Consumers will soon be accepting applications for the next phase of EARP.  The deadly to apply is 5 p.m. Aug. 6.

My Town: Ford Airport awarded $3.8 million grant for safety upgrades

My Town: Ford Airport awarded $3.8 million grant for safety upgrades

KENTWOOD, Mich.—The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is getting millions of dollars for safety upgrades.

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced it is awarding a $3.8 million grant to the airport to purchase an aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle, rehabilitate runway lighting and build a deicing containment facility.

"Making sure passengers are able to travel to and from West Michigan is vital to the state’s economy," said Senator Debbie Stabenow. "This support will help ensure that the Gerald R. Ford International Airport can continue to keep people travelling safely and increase business activity to boost the economy."

“Airports are essential to tourism, economic development and cultural exchange,” Senator Carl Levin added. “This federal funding will ensure that a vital cog in the West Michigan economy keeps humming.”

My Town Kentwood: Gymco, Inc. names new chief operating officer

My Town Kentwood: Gymco, Inc. names new chief operating officer

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A new person is taking over the helm of Gymco, Inc.

The company has named Chad Shilton its new chief operating officer and partner.  Shilton has worked for the children’s gymnastics and sport facility for 21 years.  In his new role, Shilton will lead Gymco employees in daily operations, strategy and growth.  His promotion is part of founder Doreen Bolhuis’ succession plan.

Gymco, Inc. has served more than 85,000 children since it opened in 1980.  The company is located at 2306 Camelot Ridge Court SE in Kentwood.