West Michigan

Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University
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The December Institute for Supply Management Research survey shows that West Michigan economy remains soft. It’s the result of the now settled General Motors strike.

In late October, the General Motors strike was settled. Auto part suppliers in West Michigan are still feeling the impacts.

“Unfortunately, it isn’t a full recovery yet. Some of the participants in the survey have indicated that the work hasn’t come back as strong as they had hoped for the auto industry.”

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Michigan lawmakers exploring toll roads as a solution to road and bridge funding. Also, a local study takes a closer look at wage growth in West Michigan.

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Vice President Mike Pence has scheduled three stops next week in western and southwestern Michigan.

Pence plans to visit Grand Rapids, Portage and Holland on Wednesday, with expected meetings with religious and community leaders.

The former Indiana governor also will attend a campaign rally with Sarah Sanders, President Donald Trump's former spokeswoman. Michigan is one of four swing states - Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Florida are the others - that could determine the outcome of the 2020 election because their electorates are so evenly divided.

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A sharply divided House of Representatives has approved the rules for its impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. How did local U.S. Representatives vote?

“This is outside the norm of anything that we have seen regarding impeachment in the past.”

U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga recalls the Nixon and Clinton impeachments drew bipartisan support.

Thursday's near party-line vote broke with a 232-196 roll call. It was the chamber's first formal vote on a process that's likely to take months, possibly stretching into the early weeks of the 2020 election year.

Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University
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The latest Institute for Supply Management survey indicates the local economy grew at a marginal rate in September.

Throughout the summer months the U.S.-China trade war and its tariffs slowed manufacturing and Brexit have weighed on the minds of local purchasing managers. Factor in the recent United Auto Workers strike with General Motors and it would stand to reason they’d have gloomier outlook in September.

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In 2019, Amway began making changes to how its global Information Technology division will do business. Standardizing work, its contracting with two global vendors. That’s leading to the elimination of domestic and international positions.

Amway employs 16,000 workers worldwide. In all, 171 employees have been laid off this year across the state. That includes 47 this month in West Michigan. With 3,000 employees here, that’s 1% of the local workforce.

Amway says more local jobs will be impacted through 2020.

Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University
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The July Supply Management Research survey indicated the trade war with China and its tariffs slowed new orders coming in to West Michigan manufacturers.The recently released August survey presents a swing to marginal growth.

“Well, last month we were a little bit worried because we posted some of the most negative numbers that we’ve posted in a long time. But this month, those numbers came back to, what I guess I would say is, a flat report.”

Brian G. Long is director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.

 A 3 day exhibition happens in October, hosted by LaFontsee Galleries, supporting the Land Conservancy of West Michigan. We talk about the details of this event, shedding light on preservation efforts. We talk to artist Anne Corlett from the Gallery.

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The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded two West Michigan organizations with grants supporting educational programming. Nearly 1,600 organizations submitted Art Works applications to the National Endowment for the Arts. Of the 977 grants awarded, only two West Michigan-based institutions received a portion of the $80 million Arts Endowment.

Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University
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Uncertainty creeping into the national and global economy is impacting the confidence level of local purchasing managers in the May Supply Management Research survey.

There are also signs the economy is slowing “Our local index of business confidence as fallen to near record low levels.”

Brian G. Long is director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.

“And at the same time Market.com, who also surveys business confidence for the United States, indicates that their survey has fallen to a record low level.”

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