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The city of Grand Rapids is looking for young adults ages 15 to 24 to enroll in the LEAD program that will help connect them with a summer job. Created by former Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell in 2010, the LEAD program is an acronym for leadership, employment, achievement and direction. Facilitated by city run Our Communities Children, the program provides young people training in civic engagement, leadership and employability skills. 

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U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow visited with Grand haven-based R.A. Miller Industries, maker of military antenna systems, where she announced new legislation protecting taxpayer dollars and American made products.

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan are introducing the Make It In America Act. It strengthens the 1933 Buy America Act that the Senators say, “gives priority to American companies when the federal government purchases goods. However, the current law has numerous exemptions.”

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California Closets is expanding its manufacturing footprint serving the Eastern United States by investing in a new West Michigan facility. That means more manufacturing jobs are coming to the area.

Two years ago, California Closets opened a manufacturing facility in Phoenix, Arizona to help satisfy the demand for its closet design and storage products in the Western United States.

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General Motors Co. is laying off 1,100 workers at an assembly plant in Michigan. GM says it's ending the third shift at its Lansing Delta Township plant because one of its products - the GMC Acadia SUV - is moving to Spring Hill, Tennessee.

The Lansing plant will still have two shifts building the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse SUVs.

Lansing's last day as a three-shift plant will be May 12.

GM announced last spring that it would make the new Acadia in Tennessee.

It has added a third shift and around 800 jobs to its plant in Spring Hill.

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West Michigan’s high-tech industry continues to out-pace the national average. Now, heading into 2017 comes the announcement of the expansion of a West Michigan technology.

NVINT Services is on a fast track for growth. The Caledonia-based company that says it “blends physical and virtual strategies into information technology solutions.”

Keeping up with demand, NVINT is making a $364,000 investment that will allow it to grow its facilities and create 26 new jobs.

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Grand Rapid’s American Seating is in the process of selling its iconic stadium seating division.

That potential sale would include the downsizing of its workforce.

A Letter of Intent to sell has been signed by American Seating and Irwin Seating Company.

American Seating is a world leader in transportation seating and it wants to focus on growth opportunities there. Stadium seating, known in the industry as Architectural Fixed Seating has become a seasonal business. The company says that poses “operational challenges.”

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Two companies located in the Grand Rapids area are adding more than one hundred jobs and have committed to investing millions of dollars in expansion.

In Grand Rapids, Denmark-based Gabriel, known for its upholstery products is expanding on the city’s West Side. At 560 5th St. NW, Gabriel will open its first North American sales and manufacturing location.

The company will invest $1.5 million dollars into the construction of a 30,000 square foot facility.

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Oct 28, 2016

Career 101, talking to career coaches each month.  Today's topic: thinking outside the box when conducting a job search.   

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A west Michigan IT firm is expanding and creating new jobs Michigan Celebrates Small Business, an organization supporting entrepreneurs, ranks Kentwood-based IP Consulting as one of Michigan’s top 50 companies to watch in 2016.

Now, the west Michigan business community is watching it grow.

IP Consulting is known for its IT solutions providing cyber security expertise and the design and implementation of network infrastructure to name a few.

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Plans call for a new soybean processing plant in mid-Michigan, with construction starting this year.

Zeeland Farm Services' affiliate ZFS Ithaca on Wednesday announced that the facility is planned for the community of Ithaca.

Cliff Meeuwsen, president of ZFS Ithaca, says in a statement that the facility represents "a long-term, 40- or 50-year investment in Michigan agriculture."

Meeuwsen says the project will create about 75 full-time jobs and meet soybean processing needs for decades.

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