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My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete

My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete

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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Want to work for a company that embraces healthy living? Here is one amazing example.

Ryan Leestma, owner of ISI, the new title sponsor of the Michigan Titanium,  truly embraces this philosophy. He has not only committed to support Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon for years to come as a sponsor, but also walks the talk when it comes to his employees.

Leestma has encouraged his employees to get involved with the ISI Michigan Titanium, Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon. If they do, he will not only purchase a bike for them, but will provide other equipment and personalize training to ensure they have a great race. Why? He knows that triathletes rank among the top earners, driven, successful personalities out there, according to a recent study by USA Triathlon.

In West Michigan's booming tech scene, talent is the final piece of the puzzle

In West Michigan's booming tech scene, talent is the final piece of the puzzle

By Stephen Thomas Kent
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

If you talk to West Michigan technology employers and entrepreneurs frequently, as we do at Rapid Growth Media, you’ll hear one refrain that pops up again and again: “Talent.” As in, “we need more of it.”

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of nonprofit organizations that are close to the hearts of Consumers Energy employees are getting a financial boost.

The Consumers Energy Foundation recently awarded 78 grants worth $38,350 to organizations in Michigan where Consumers employees and retirees volunteer.  Last year, nonprofits in the state received more than $8 million from Consumers Energy and its employees, retirees, foundation and parent company, CMS Energy.  

The 2014 second quarter grant recipients include:

Allegan County

  • $450 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Baseball (Loren Barnes)
  • $550 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Football (Loren Barnes)

Ionia County

  • $550 to Portland Public Schools Wrestling Club (Chad Miller)

Kalamazoo County

My Town Wyoming: Gordmans ribbon cutting celebration July 25

My Town Wyoming: Gordmans ribbon cutting celebration July 25

WYOMING, Mich.--  The Wyoming Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce will welcome Wyoming's newest store with a ribbon cutting celebration at 8:30 a.m. July 25.

Gordmans opened to the public on July 17. 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.

Friday's ceremony kicks 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: 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.