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Whirlpool Backs State’s 4.0 Accelerators, Including Automation Alley, Lean Rocket Lab, Centrepolis

BENTON HARBOR - As a manufacturer with a reputation for skating the cutting edge of technology, Whirlpool Corp. leverages relationships with organizations and researchers globally to uncover emerging technology capable of transforming its operations. The Benton Harbor-based appliance manufacturer can look closer to home to find these emerging technologies thanks to an Industry 4.0 accelerator program created

By |2021-02-15T16:36:44-05:00February 15th, 2021|IoT|

DeVos-Backed Private Equity Fund To Support Michigan Biz Owners Seeking An Exit

GRAND RAPIDS — A West Michigan capital investment fund that involves the family office for Doug and Maria DeVos wants to make long-term investments across a variety of industries with a goal of preserving and growing local companies and jobs. The DeVoses’ Continuum Ventures LLC has partnered with Grand Rapids-based Auxo Investment Partners to manage the new Michigan Opportunity Fund, whose

By |2021-02-15T16:36:44-05:00February 15th, 2021|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs|

Grand Rapids Right Place Economic Development Names Thelen New CEO

GRAND RAPIDS — Former Lakeshore Advantage CEO Randy Thelen is returning to West Michigan to lead regional economic development firm The Right Place Inc. Thelen will replace long-time President and CEO Birgit Klohs, who is planning to retire at the end of January after 33 years with the organization. Thelen starts March 1. The Right Place board

By |2020-12-21T06:54:33-05:00December 21st, 2020|Business|

Dale Grogan Named Managing Partner Of Grand Angels In Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS — The new managing partner for Grand Angels looks to tap his statewide contacts to build a bigger presence among early-stage investors.  Dale Grogan joined the Grand Rapids-based Grand Angels in late November from Charter Capital Partners, where he worked for 13 year s. At Charter, Grogan helped launch and manage Michigan Accelerator Fund

By |2020-12-08T16:57:00-05:00December 8th, 2020|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs|

Steelcase Cyberattack Serves As Warning For Other Manufacturers

GRAND RAPIDS - As details on a recent cybersecurity attack against Grand Rapids-based office furniture giant Steelcase Inc. begin to surface, local manufacturers of all industries and sizes may want to take notice. The ransomware attack on Steelcase, which shut down its global operations for two weeks, was a stark reminder of the growing number and sophistication

By |2020-12-08T16:57:01-05:00December 8th, 2020|Cyber Defense|

Cyberattack Triggered Global shutdowns For Steelcase, Potential To Delayed Shipments

GRAND RAPIDS — A recent cyberattack caused global operations for office furniture manufacturer Steelcase Inc. to shut down for two weeks, according to new information the company submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Steelcase’s latest Form 8-K filed today highlights the devastation that ensued after the company reported the attack on Oct. 22. In that

By |2020-11-13T17:47:56-05:00November 13th, 2020|Cyber Defense|

GR Software Developer Blue Medora Now observIQ

GRAND RAPIDS - Software developer Blue Medora has rebranded and relaunched its retained business. The company, which now goes by the name observIQ, announced Tuesday morning the name change and its intentions on disrupting the observability space. The first step in those efforts comes with the launch of its new open source log agent, which

By |2020-07-22T10:36:59-04:00July 22nd, 2020|New Products / Contracts, Software|

Backed By $5 Million Investment, UV Angel Advances New Technology

GRAND HAVEN — A $5 million private equity investment supports UV Angel’s move toward the marketplace with a new product that cleans the air in hospitals and other facilities. Coming to market this spring, UV Angel Air uses the Grand Haven-based company’s ultraviolet light technology in ceiling light fixtures. Air goes in one side of the fixtures,

By |2020-03-01T11:22:07-05:00February 28th, 2020|Cyber Defense, New Products / Contracts|

Michigan Retailers Begin 2020 With Stronger Activity Index

LANSING - A monthly activity index compiled by the Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit branch registered 72.5 for January, a sizable increase from the 42.1 a year earlier, and a sign that the retail environment is improving. The increase was attributed to the weather and high consumer confidence. January’s reading also

By |2020-02-27T10:40:46-05:00February 27th, 2020|Entrepreneurs|

Telecom Provider Quantum Leap Buys IT Services Provider Dykstra IT

GRAND RAPIDS - Dykstra IT LLC, which provides managed information technology services, merged into Quantum Leap Inc., a telecommunications provider, MIBiz Reports. Staff from Dykstra IT moved into Quantum Leap’s facility on 44th Street in Grand Rapids and founder Drew Dykstra became a partner. Terms of the deal were undisclosed. Quantum Leap often used Dykstra

By |2020-02-27T10:40:46-05:00February 27th, 2020|New Products / Contracts|