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Axis Company

Axis Company builds robotic automation and assembly equipment. As the economy grows and demand for its products increases leadership had a decision to make; expand in Grand Rapids or look outside the state for a new, second location.

The temptation was to move closer to one of its major out-of-state customers. Instead, Axis will stay in Kent County. It plans to invest $4 million at a location to be determined and over the next three years, add 50 high-tech jobs.

Despite a 108-page proposal from local economic development organization The Right Place, Amazon has passed on Grand Rapids as a potential city to house the online retailer’s second headquarters. The Right Place President Birgit Khlos, who declined to be interviewed released this statement,

The Right Place 2018 Economic Outlook for West Michigan is forecasting a strong economy in 2018. The forecast was made Thursday morning at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. Providing the forecast was Dr. Jim Robey of the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. He says, while it will remain strong into 2018, it will be for the West Michigan economy to keep the pace it grew in the previous year.  

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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.

The Grand Rapids area is one of dozens of North American cities competing to land Amazon's second headquarters. Birgit Klohs, President of regional economic development organization The Right Place, says her organization recently submitted a 108-page proposal to the online shopping giant in the hopes of luring Amazon to West Michigan.

Klohs recently spoke with WGVU, and discussed how crafting the proposal was different from other applications.  

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was in Grand Rapids this Wednesday afternoon for the Grand Opening of MOVE Systems. The new company is an eco-friendly food truck manufacturer. The Governor joined officials from The Right Place as well as MOVE Systems President and CEO James Meeks for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the company’s new headquarters on Grand Rapids Northwest side. Gov. Snyder said that opening the manufacturing plant in Grand Rapids was a pure Michigan success story.

The security checkpoint at The Gerald R. Ford International Airport got a serious facelift Wednesday, as airport officials and community leaders gathered to celebrate the checkpoint's grand opening. The upgrade in the airport's terminal is part of a larger $45 million overhaul the airport is currently undergoing called the Gateway Transformation Project. 

The new security checkpoint includes new flooring, restrooms and retail and restaurants.

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Michigan State University officially opened its $88 million Grand Rapids Research with a ribbon cutting.

“One, two, three…”

Lead by Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon, a giant green ribbon was cut opening the Medical School’s six-story, nearly 163,000-square-foot Grand Rapids Research Center.

“Imagine people who are thinking about things that we can’t yet imagine. Ideas that may work, they may not. But they’re all about trying to improve the quality of life.”

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A Chinese furniture component manufacturer is expanding its U.S. presence into Cedar Springs. J-Star Motion Corporation, maker of office furniture industry linear motion and lifting systems, is investing $4.9 million into a new manufacturing facility at an existing site at 500 West Street in Cedar Springs.

Securing J-Star’s expansion into West Michigan was engineered by regional nonprofit economic development organization, The Right, with help from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

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