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The City of Grand Rapids recently released its 2017 economic development report. WGVU breaks down the numbers.

The City of Grand Rapids Economic Development Department reported 2017 activity for businesses utilizing City incentive programs and their benefits.

The economic development department number crunches say the programs generated $173 million in new private investment. The commitments created 835 jobs that, on average, paid a little more than $24 an hour.

By comparison 2015 and 2016 reported $200 million in new investment creating roughly 400 new jobs.

ITS Partners

A Grand Rapids-based IT consulting firm is making a multi-million dollar investment in a new headquarters and creating dozens of high-tech jobs.

Business is good for Grand Rapids’ ITS Partners with the development of new technologies and security threats. So good, that it will more than double its workforce over the next three years from 56 locally to 124.

The information technology consulting firm has been around for 30 years, but lately its increase in sales has produced a need for not only more talent but more space.

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WGVU's Food, Wine & All That Jazz takes place Friday, October 27th @ 7:30 inside the Grand Rapids Public Museum where you can enjoy samples from over 400 of the finest domestic wines and beers. A number of the wines are Michigan selections.

A new economic impact study reveals Michigan’s wine industry contributes more than $5 billion in economic impact.

WGVU spoke with the head of the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry. “The last time we did a full-on economic impact study was in 2005.”

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.”

California Closets

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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