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Thousands of students to get a taste of manufacturing in Southeast Michigan

January 22nd, 2018

Chris Larmore

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More than 130 metro Detroit businesses will take thousands of high school students behind the scenes for Manufacturing Day on Friday. Manufacturing Day was launched in 2012 as a nationwide initiative to change the public perception of mass production and inspire the next generation of manufacturers, according to its website. “It’s an opportunity for students […]

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Michigan Capitol Construction for Infrastructure Upgrade Will Last Two Years

January 19th, 2018

Chris Larmore

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By Lauren Gibbons The state Capitol grounds will be under construction for at least the next two years as its mechanical and electrical systems undergo a $70 million repair. The state Capitol building will be open during the Capitol Infrastructure Upgrade Project, but the west side of the Capitol will be closed throughout the duration […]

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5 Detroit Development Stories to Watch in 2018

January 19th, 2018

Chris Larmore

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By Robin Runyan 2017 was a big year for development in Detroit, with the groundbreaking of the Hudson’s site, new plans for the East Riverfront, and the opening of the Little Caesars Arena and the QLine. We have an idea of developments that will open in 2018, but what kind of stories can we expect […]

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City Club Apartments Development Officially Breaks Ground at Statler Hotel Site

January 19th, 2018

Chris Larmore

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By Robin Runyan After years of planning, ground finally officially broke on the City Club Apartments-CBD Detroit development. Pre-construction work has been underway for months at the historic site, and the first residents are expected to move in November 2018. It’s the first conventionally-financed new mixed-use high-rise apartment development in the Central Business District in […]

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Mapping Detroit’s construction boom

January 18th, 2018

Chris Larmore

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By Robin Runyan Detroit is seeing a resurgence in development that it hasn’t seen in decades. Two large projects—the Little Caesars Arena and the QLINE—were recently completed, and so many more are on the way. For this map, we’ve included 24 of the largest developments that have started construction or will break ground in the […]

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At family-owned Micron Manufacturing, workers create their own schedules

January 10th, 2018

Chris Larmore

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Written by Mitch Galloway WALKER — One West Michigan manufacturer has embraced a “Wild West” approach to running its shop floor. In a move focused on workplace culture, Walker-based precision machining supplier Micron Manufacturing Co. has not only increased hourly wages for employees, but it’s also created flexible work schedules and removed supervisor positions. The […]

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Re.dwell crafts custom reclaimed wood furniture

January 10th, 2018

Chris Larmore

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Written by Mitch Galloway GRAND RAPIDS — Daniel Chase started niche furniture maker Re.dwell LLC somewhat out of necessity. While he was a graduate student studying architecture at Ball State University, Chase helped tear down old buildings over the summers, salvaging “everything from the houses but the roofing and plaster.” He shipped the wood items […]

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West Michigan manufacturers use wage increases as talent-retention tool

January 10th, 2018

Chris Larmore

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Written by Mitch Galloway GRAND RAPIDS — Hourly workers at Micron Manufacturing Co. are making an average of 7 percent more in wages than they were a year ago. For the Grand Rapids-based precision machining supplier, giving its 38 employees a bump in wages combats what many manufacturing executives in West Michigan perceive as a […]

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Bay Area Examines PCB Abatement Regulations for Building Demolition

January 9th, 2018

Chris Larmore

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Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) demolition regulations are coming for the Bay Area. The Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association (BASMAA) is currently working on regulations for abatement of PCBs on building demolition projects. PCBs exist in unhealthy quantities in the San Francisco Bay, and runoff from building demolition activities has been identified as a primary source. […]

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Jump in Valley Fever Cases

January 9th, 2018

Chris Larmore

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California health authorities have just begun an investigation into more than 5,000 suspected cases of coccidioidomycosis, otherwise known as Valley Fever. The number of cases this year far outpaces the investigations in prior years. Such cases, so far, considered “provisional” includes suspect, probable, and confirmed cases. The California Department of Public Health says it doesn’t […]

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