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More than $4 million dollars will be invested in an iconic building along Wyoming’s 28th Street. What was once home to Rogers Department Store and Klingman’s Furniture will soon have a new business moving in.

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.

Business leaders from seven Michigan companies are traveling to South America on a trade mission to increase export opportunities. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. says the trade mission starts Sunday and runs through Nov. 11 in Brazil and Argentina. The trade mission will include meetings with prospective business partners, distributors and customers. 

Milacron DME

A global leader in plastic technology and processing is making a multi-million dollar expansion at its Greenville manufacturing facility creating new jobs.

Cincinnati-based Milacron intends to consolidate its mold technology manufacturing and fabrication operations to its Greenville facility.

Peter Smith, Milacron DME President and General Manager says the company wants to build “a world-class facility in Greenville to support our growth plans.”

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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The egg production industry is big business as demand for cage-free eggs continues to increase.

So much so that one West Michigan company providing control systems is expanding and increasing its workforce.

Poultry Management Systems Incorporated automates egg handling. At its website, the Saranac-based company says it’s a market leader in ‘New solutions for egg handling, environmental control and monitoring” along with “automated case labeling and custom motor control panels.”

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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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A Native American tribe in west Michigan has agreed to share revenue from its casino with the state as part of a dispute over online Lottery games.

The Gun Lake tribe says the state broke a treaty when it started online lottery games. As a result, the tribe stopped half of its revenue sharing payments.

Instead of sending the usual payments to the state, the tribe put them in an escrow account that will now be divided between the two.

dornerworks.com

A Grand Rapids-based electronics company is expanding and adding high-tech jobs.

DornerWorks is known for providing electronics and software engineering

services to the aerospace and defense industries. The company says its one of largest embedded engineering design services firms in the nation and it needs to expand its location at Lake Eastbrook Blvd. SE.

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The state of Michigan is backing a renovation of the historic Depot Building in downtown Kalamazoo with more than $480,000 in funding.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports the redevelopment of the 1920s-era train depot is getting a Michigan Community Revitalization Program grant that's authorized by the Michigan Strategic Fund.

The support announced Thursday by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. requires the project to generate a capital investment of about $3.6 million and create up to 20 jobs.

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