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.