West Michigan

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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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Two health care companies with deep West Michigan roots are teaming up. Allegan-based Perrigo is acquiring Grand Rapids-based oral self-care product maker Ranir in a deal valued at $750 million.

Ranir makes private label tooth brushes, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash. Perrigo manufactures self-care products and generic pharmaceuticals.

“With the rising cost of health care it’s really important to provide consumers with products that will allow them to take better care of themselves.”

Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University
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The April Supply Management Research survey indicates the West Michigan economy continues its decades-long slow growth pattern. However, there’s data suggesting  the West Michigan economy could cool in the months ahead.

It began in March when the 70 area purchasing managers surveyed by the Institute for Supply Management Research indicated their optimism in the economy is beginning to wane. Fast forward to April and they’re signaling business is slowing.

Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University
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Ten years ago the recovery from the Great Recession officially began. For the West Michigan economy it’s been a decade-long pattern of slow growth. The March Supply Management survey indicates the pattern holds true with confidence beginning to slip.

The Institute for Supply Management Research surveys 70 purchasing managers from the Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo area. In March, their optimism in the economy began to fade.

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The West Michigan economy got off to a slow start in the New Year with January figures considered flat. In February, the trend returned to the decade-long pattern of slow growth since the recovery began from the Great Recession. WGVU looks at the data from the most recent Supply Management Research survey.

Following an uninspiring January, Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research at the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University, explains the West Michigan economy showed a rebound.

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Michigan is bracing for more icy and potentially damaging weather as crews wrap up efforts to restore power to those affected by last week's ice storms .

The National Weather Service says accumulating snow and ice are expected across Michigan, with blowing snow and hazardous travel Tuesday. Snow and freezing rain are possible into Wednesday. The Upper Peninsula is expected to get the biggest snow accumulations.

Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University
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The West Michigan economy is off to a slow start in the New Year. The January figures generated in the recent Supply Management Research survey indicates the local economy is flattening out. What does that mean now and for the year ahead?

“Our numbers are not negative they are just not as robust as some of the numbers that we saw earlier in 2018.”

Brian G. Long is director of Supply Management Research at the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University. He says business leaders surveyed are much more cautious than just a few months ago.

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The remains of what could be a shipwreck from 1878 have emerged through sand along Lake Michigan in western Michigan.

Experts say the wood ribbing might be a section from the LC Woodruff, a schooner that sank near Whitehall while carrying corn 140 years ago.

Allan Dake, a researcher at the Muskegon Heritage Museum, says the shipwreck didn't wash ashore. He tells MLive.com that the wreck has stayed in place but now is exposed because of waves and currents. It also happened in 1942 and 1974.

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Lawmakers are gathering in Lansing this week during the lame duck session focusing on paid sick leave and minimum wage bills. West Michigan auto suppliers are preparing for an anticipated industry slowdown. Metro Health Foundation capitalizing on U of M affiliation.

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