Travelocity and the American Distilling Institute, named Grand Rapids as one of the Top 10 Craft Spirits Tourism Destinations in America. The city is home to Bier Distillery, Grand Traverse Distillery, Gray Skies Distillery, Long Road Distillers and New Holland Brewing’s Knickerbocker Brewpub & Distillery.
To determine the most business-friendly small markets in the U.S., WalletHub’s analysts compared more than 1,200 small-sized cities across 16 key metrics. The data set ranges from average growth in number of small businesses to investor access to labor costs.
Seven Michigan distilleries were honored with 28 individual awards in a variety of categories at the American Distilling Institute’s 11th Annual Spirits Competition in Baltimore, Maryland. Over 800 spirits from around the world were entered into the ADI Judging, all from independently owned distilleries.
Michigan’s technology sector grew by more than 5% in 2016, with employers adding more than 10,700 new jobs, according to a CompTIA study. With almost 222,000 Michigan workers employed in the technology sector, the state ranks 10th in the nation for technology jobs.
Global acoustics specialist HP Pelzer Automotive Systems Inc. plans to invest $13.5 million in a new manufacturing plant in Port Huron. Pelzer will create about 124 jobs in the project, which beat out a site in Tennessee for the investment.
Founders Brewing Company was crowned America's top craft brewery in a 32-entry craft brew bracket compiled by USA Today's "For the Win." Craft-beer lovers around the country voted on the bracket throughout the month of March in conjunction with the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
Ford pans to invest $1.2 billion in Michigan at three locations, including $850 million at its Michigan Assembly plant in Wayne to make the new Ford Ranger and Ford Bronco, as the U.S. market continues to shift from a car market to a truck and SUV market.
General Motors says 900 factory jobs will be created or retained in Michigan this year. The Romulus Powertrain Plant will add Approximately 220 new jobs to increase production of the 10-speed automatic transmission to be used in multiple GM products.
Rapper Eminem is launching a limited-edition line of products with clothing brand Carhartt to benefit MSU's music program, Verses Project. The artist has previously worked with designers at Dearborn- based Carhartt. The new line will be launched at the company's flagship store in Detroit.
Huntington National Bank plans to expand its call center in downtown Flint, investing nearly $5.4 million in renovating its Saginaw Street complex and creating 60 new jobs. The new positions are related to call center duties and commercial banking jobs.
Two Men and a Truck is planning to hire up to 200 people in the Lansing area this spring. The hiring initiative is part of the Lansing-based company’s Career Move Month campaign, which is meant to show new recruits that they can build a lasting career at Two Men and a Truck.
The former Steelcase pyramid in Kent County is now officially open as the Switch Grand Rapids data center. Switch has promised to hire 1,000 permanent jobs over a 10-year period.
A call center company spun off from Quicken Loans' telephone-focused mortgage sales operation is planning to add 500 employees by year's end and looking for additional office space in downtown Detroit.
Detroit native Carolyn Forché is one of two poets and eight writers who won $165,000 through Yale University’s 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize. It’s the first time poetry was included in the program’s five-year history.
Subprime auto finance company, Credit Acceptance plans to invest $33 million in its infrastructure and create approximately 530 new jobs.
The University of Michigan came up at #4, while MSU came in at #10 among the large schools on the Peace Corps’ 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are currently 60 Wolverines and 48 Spartans volunteering worldwide.
Antolin Shelby Inc., a newly-formed subsidiary of Grupo Antolin, will lease a 350,000-square-foot building that is under construction in Shelby Township with plans to open a $61.2M manufacturing plant. The project is expected to create 430 new jobs.
Jack White's record label drew the back the curtain on its new vinyl production facility in Detroit's Midtown area. the facility is eventually expected to employ 50 people.