WMU to break ground on economic-development engine

Published on December 12, 2018
KALAMAZOO, Mich., – The region’s newest job and business development initiative is slated to help kick off 2019. Western Michigan University will begin development of the Business Technology and Research Park 2—BTR 2—in the next few months thanks to a $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The grant will help pay for site development in the form of roads and utilities.

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2018 Wonderful Workplaces Named by 269 MAGAZINE

Published on December 10, 2018
KALAMAZOO, Mich., – Fifteen companies from throughout Southwest Michigan have been selected by 269 MAGAZINE as 2018 Wonderful Workplaces. This award celebrates the outstanding efforts made by local businesses in the region to make their organizations great places to work. Winners are recognized in the Holiday 2018 issue of 269 MAGAZINE.

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Schupan & Sons expanding in Kalamazoo, investing $10.1 million and creating 80 jobs

Published on November 13, 2018
LANSING, Mich. – Metals and plastics recycling company Schupan & Sons Incorporated is expanding at two locations in Kalamazoo with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today. The project is expected to generate total private investment of $10.1 million and create 80 jobs. Michigan was chosen for the expansion over competing sites in Indiana and Ohio.

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Find Your Dream Job with OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work

Published on November 1, 2018
Santa Fe, NM (November 1, 2018) —OUTSIDE, America’s preeminent active lifestyle brand, reveals the top 50 best places to work in the U.S. and 50 honorable mentions in 2018. Winning companies provide great workplaces for employees and encourage a balance between work and enjoying life in the great outdoors, while also respecting the environment. Southwest Michigan First, the catalyst driving economic growth in Southwest Michigan, earned top honors.

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Ka-Zoo Angels Contributes to Regional Economy in its First Year

Published on October 19, 2018
KALAMAZOO, Mich., – Ka-Zoo Angels has had an active first year of contributing capital funding to help grow Michigan’s entrepreneur community. In the fourteen months following its inception, Ka-Zoo Angels has seen 19 startup companies pitch for capital and has invested $435,000 in eight companies.

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Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet Brings New Jobs and Investment to MI

Published on September 27, 2018
LANSING, Mich. – Two business expansions and a community revitalization project that will generate a total of $69.5 million in private investment and create 66 jobs have received support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today.

Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, LLC, headquartered in Chicago, is the leading manufacturer of premium grills, pizza ovens, cabinets and luxury outdoor cooking equipment for residential outdoor kitchens. Kalamazoo is experiencing consistent growth in North America and is positioning itself to expand further into global markets. As a result, the company plans to expand its operations in Comstock Charter Township by investing $3.1 million in its facilities and boosting its workforce by creating 31 jobs. As a result, Kalamazoo has been awarded a $200,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen for the expansion over competing sites in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Nevada.

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EPA Approves Spear®-Lep Bioinsecticide for Use on Outdoor Crops

Published on September 20, 2018
Kalamazoo, Michigan – Vestaron Corporation today announces approval from the EPA of its Spear®-Lep bioinsecticide for control of lepidopterans in high- value field crops.

This approval makes Spear®-Lep the second peptide-based product developed by Vestaron, following the full EPA approval and subsequent commercial launch of Spear®-T for greenhouse crops this July.

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Michigan Milk Producers Association’s expanded dairy plant boosts milk processing capacity in Michigan

Published on September 19, 2018
LANSING, Mich. – A dairy processing facility in the village of Constantine plans to expand its milk processing capacity with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today.

Michigan Milk Producers Association, a dairy farmer-owned cooperative and dairy producer serving more than 1,700 farmers in the Midwest, plans to add a new 7,500-square-foot processing area to its existing facility. The project is expected to generate a total investment of $24 million and create 11 jobs. Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Indiana.

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The stars (and three new jobs) are aligned in Marcellus

Published on August 27, 2018
Marcellus, Mich. – TriStar Molding, a family-owned custom plastics injection molding company located in Marcellus, will bring three new jobs to that community.

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Press Release: Pfizer grows imprint on global pharmaceutical market

Published on July 24, 2018
LANSING, Mich. – Global pharmaceutical-industry leader Pfizer will manufacture a line of injectable drugs at a two-story, 400-000-square-foot facility to be built at its Portage campus in Kalamazoo County. When completed, Pfizer claims the injectable drug processing facility will be one of the largest in the western hemisphere, while local officials point to the investment as a catalyst for further economic development throughout southwest Michigan.

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