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Top 10 Manufacturing Trends For 2019

January 21st, 2019

Chris Larmore

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10. Investment / funding for SMEs As established enterprises wrestle with becoming more innovative and agile, ‘buying in’ that mindset and approach will be an increasingly attractive option. For start-ups and SMEs, the benefit is being able to access funding and support from a wide range of sources and being able to tap into the […]

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New U.S. Solar Panel Manufacturing Activity Happening in 2019

January 21st, 2019

Chris Larmore

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By Kelly Pickerel | January 8, 2019 The announced tariffs on foreign solar panels in early 2018 left international module manufacturers with an interesting question: If we want to sell in the United States tariff-free, should we buy one of these dormant legacy manufacturing plants or start fresh with a new facility? With technological advances quickly outpacing the […]

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Crystal Ball 2019 Manufacturing Roundtable

January 21st, 2019

Chris Larmore

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BY JOE BOOMGAARD West Michigan-based manufacturing executives think 2019 marks a good time to take a pause from the recent breakneck pace of capital investments and acquisitions to focus on operations.  That’s the general consensus from local manufacturing leaders across a range of industries who participated in a forward-looking roundtable discussion with MiBiz earlier this month.  The executives […]

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What 2019 Has In Store For West Michigan’s Economy

January 21st, 2019

Chris Larmore

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI — West Michigan’s economy is on track for a strong year in 2019, but steel and aluminum tariffs and a skilled worker shortage continues to hurt businesses, an economist told a gathering of regional business leaders Tuesday. “I’m seeing good stuff for the economy,” said Jim Robey, director of regional economic planning services at […]

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In California, What Rules Apply When Determining What Constitutes Hours Worked?

January 21st, 2019

Chris Larmore

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California wage-and-hour law clearly states that any hour an employee spends performing work on behalf of the organization, or work that the organization knew or had reason to know was being performed by the employee, is considered hours worked and therefore deemed compensable time, regardless of where the work was performed (with some limitations). The […]

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Judge Allows Dover Man to Sue Former Employer Over Drug Test

January 21st, 2019

Chris Larmore

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DOVER, Del. (AP) – A Delaware judge has ruled that a medical marijuana user fired from his factory job after failing a drug test can pursue a lawsuit against his former employer. Jeremiah Chance was fired in 2016 from his job as a yard equipment operator at the Kraft Heinz plant in Dover. He claims his […]

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Top 10 Holiday Safety Tips

December 19th, 2018

Chris Larmore

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1. Inspect electrical decorations for damage before use. Cracked or damaged sockets, loose or bare wires, and loose connections may cause a serious shock or start a fire. 2. Do not overload electrical outlets. Overloaded electrical outlets and faulty wires are a common cause of holiday fires. Avoid overloading outlets and plug only one high-wattage […]

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Latest Estimates of Insured Losses from California Wildfires at $9B to $13B

December 19th, 2018

Chris Larmore

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Insured losses from the Camp and Woolsey wildfires in California will be between $9 billion and $13 billion, according to the latest estimates from catastrophe modeler RMS. RMS’ latest estimates released on Monday show $7.5 billion to $10 billion for the Camp Fire and $1.5 billion to $3 billion for the Woolsey Fire. The estimates […]

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Avoiding Non-Renewal

December 18th, 2018

Chris Larmore

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The homeowners insurance policy was never meant to be a home maintenance policy. The coverage is designed for sudden and unexpected large losses. In this current marketplace, homeowners need to be especially careful about filing a number of small claims over a short period of time. Most carriers have tightened their restrictions on the number […]

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What is the Difference Between Collision and Comprehensive Insurance?

December 18th, 2018

Chris Larmore

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Collision and Comprehensive insurance are often confused. Both protect your vehicle in different ways. Here is the information: Collision insurance covers damages to your vehicle caused by an accident (collision). • Collision insurance pays even if you caused the accident that damaged your car. • Collision coverage is especially valuable because one in four Floridians […]

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