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My Town: Better Parts Challenge held in Kentwood

My Town: Better Parts Challenge held in Kentwood

 

KENTWOOD, Mich.  – Nearly 20 regional leaders in the parts-manufacturing industry took part in the Better Parts Challenge hosted by Jenoptik Industrial Metrology, a leading developer and manufacturer of industrial metrology products. 

Manufacturing engineers gathered at Metro Cal, a regional sales partner of Jenoptik, to challenge Jenoptik‘s metrology experts with precision measurement issues that are encountered during the manufacturing process.  Jenoptik technicians demonstrated how new precision measurement devices and software can help produce higher quality parts. In addition to the demonstrations, attendees listened to industry seminars on surface finish and form.

My Town: Gordmans welcomes first customers in Wyoming

My Town: Gordmans welcomes first customers in Wyoming

WYOMING, Mich.--  Wyoming's newest store is welcoming its first customers Thursday, July 17.

Gordmans is opening its doors at 9 a.m.  The new 50,000-square-foot store is located at 4910 Wilson Ave. SW, next to The Home Depot in the Wilsontown Shopping Center.  The new retailer is expected to employ 100 people.

At 8:30 a.m. July 25, the Wyoming Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new store,  kicking off Gordmans' grand opening celebration, which runs through July 27.

The Wyoming store is one of six Gordmans stores opening in the country this year. The discount department store opened its first West Michigan store in Norton Shores in March. 

My Town Wyoming: New restaurant opens in Godfrey Lee neighborhood

My Town Wyoming: New restaurant opens in Godfrey Lee neighborhood

WYOMING, Mich.—There’s a new place to eat in Wyoming, bringing more jobs to the Godfrey Lee neighborhood.

The new McDonald’s celebrated its grand opening July 11 with a ribbon cutting and flag raising ceremony. Wyoming Mayor Jack A. Poll, members of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Hispanic Center of Western Michigan joined owner Tony Castillo for the event.

 The restaurant located at 1115 Chicago Drive SW is the first new business to be built in the area in more than a decade.

My Town Wyoming: New Look Painting Company LLC earns Super Service Award

My Town Wyoming: New Look Painting Company LLC earns Super Service Award
----NEWS RELEASE---WYOMING, Mich.-- New Look Painting Company LLC has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in2013. New Look Painting won awards in the following categories: Interior Painting, Exterior Painting, DeckStaining & Sealing. They have been in business for six years. “Only about five percent of the companies New Look Painting competes with in the Grand Rapids area areable to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks.

My Town: Job outlook for the area largely positive

My Town: Job outlook for the area largely positive

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Despite the harsh winter, businesses in West Michigan added 9,500 jobs during the first quarter of 2014.

That’s according to a newly released report by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Analysts found employment in West Michigan’s six metropolitan areas jumped 1.1 percent.    The biggest increases were reported in manufacturing and private service sectors.   

In the Grand Rapids-Wyoming area, employers added 7,200 jobs in the first quarter, driving down the area’s unemployment rate to 5.8 percent.   Analysts say there was solid growth across all sectors, and they expect the job market to remain strong in the coming months.

My Town Wyoming: Construction underway on new gymnastics facility

My Town Wyoming: Construction underway on new gymnastics facility

WYOMING, Mich.—Construction is underway on a new gymnastics center for children in Wyoming.

The Vance family and staff members celebrated the groundbreaking of For The Kidz Gymnastics’ new facility on May 27.  The $1.5 million center will include 28,000 square feet of space-- roughly double the size of the current facility at 5690 Burlingame Ave. SW, which Alisa Vance opened in 2005.

“We’ve grown to capacity at our current location and the new center will allow us to expand our gymnastic equipment and the number of classes we can offer,” said Vance, who graduated from Cornerstone University with degrees in physical education and early childhood education.

My Town: Gordmans to open in Wyoming July 17

My Town: Gordmans to open in Wyoming July 17

WYOMING, Mich.--  The date is set for the grand opening of Wyoming's newest store.

Gordmans will open its doors to customers at 9 a.m. on July 17.  The new 50,000-square-foot store sits next to The Home Depot in the Wilsontown Shopping Center, off Wilson Avenue.  The new retailer is expected to employ 100 people. Those interested may apply in person now through May 30 at Michigan Works, 121 Franklin SE, Suite 120 in Grand Rapids.

Gordmans will hold a grand opening celebration July 25-27. The Wyoming store is one of six Gordmans stores opening in the country this year. The discount department store opened its first West Michigan store in Norton Shores in March.