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PRESS RELEASE: MANN+HUMMEL USA opens new South Campus facility
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

PORTAGE, MICHIGAN, Sept. 30, 2014 – Yesterday, MANN+HUMMEL USA (MHUS) celebrated the official opening of its new world-class South Campus facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES: Venture Capitalists Return to Backing Science Start-Ups
Sunday, October 12, 2014

Vestaron makes an eco-friendly pesticide derived from spider venom. Bagaveev uses 3-D printers to make rocket engines for nanosatellites. Transatomic Power is developing a next-generation reactor that runs on nuclear waste. They all have one thing in common: money from Silicon Valley venture capitalists.

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MiBIZ: Tight industrial inventory pushes developers to consider build-to-suit projects
Sunday, October 12, 2014

A resurgence among West Michigan manufacturers, particularly for automotive suppliers, has Class A industrial space at a premium — if not scarce — in the region.

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PRESS RELEASE: Moving Marshall Forward
Friday, October 24, 2014

What does it take to put together a great team? Southwest Michigan First, under contract with the Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance (MAEDA), has assembled the team that will help Marshall move forward on many fronts including economic development, small business growth and tourism. The team, which includes both new and familiar faces to the community, was put together based on Southwest Michigan First’s proven hiring strategy – centered on talent and team fit.

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PRESS RELEASE: Pork processing facility locating in Coldwater Township, creating 800 jobs
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

LANSING, Michigan -- The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced that the Michigan Strategic Fund has approved support to construct a new fresh pork processing facility in Coldwater. The project is expected to generate $255.7 million in total capital investment and bring 810 new jobs to Michigan!

The Clemens Food Group, headquartered in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, has partnered with family-owned pork producers in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio to build a 550,000-square-foot facility that will be capable of processing 10,000 hogs daily when operational in late 2017 or early 2018. The company expects to break ground at the 440-acre Coldwater site in the summer of 2015.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES: Venture Capitalists Return to Backing Science Start-Ups
10/12/14

Vestaron makes an eco-friendly pesticide derived from spider venom. Bagaveev uses 3-D printers to make rocket engines for nanosatellites. Transatomic Power is developing a next-generation reactor that runs on nuclear waste. They all have one thing in common: money from Silicon Valley venture capitalists.

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MiBIZ: Tight industrial inventory pushes developers to consider build-to-suit projects
10/12/14

A resurgence among West Michigan manufacturers, particularly for automotive suppliers, has Class A industrial space at a premium — if not scarce — in the region.

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PRESS RELEASE: Southwest Michigan First Celebrates its 5th Annual Catalyst University Leadership Conference and Announces Headliner Patrick Lencioni
9/8/14

KALAMAZOO, Michigan -- Southwest Michigan First announces its 5th annual leadership conference, Catalyst University, will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo – a new location for the event.

More than 2,000 leaders from Southwest Michigan and beyond will gather for this one-day experience to be inspired by top thought leaders from around the world and locally who have made a difference in the lives of others by putting their passions to action.

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Press Releases

PRESS RELEASE: Pork processing facility locating in Coldwater Township, creating 800 jobs
12/16/14

LANSING, Michigan -- The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced that the Michigan Strategic Fund has approved support to construct a new fresh pork processing facility in Coldwater. The project is expected to generate $255.7 million in total capital investment and bring 810 new jobs to Michigan!

The Clemens Food Group, headquartered in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, has partnered with family-owned pork producers in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio to build a 550,000-square-foot facility that will be capable of processing 10,000 hogs daily when operational in late 2017 or early 2018. The company expects to break ground at the 440-acre Coldwater site in the summer of 2015.

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PRESS RELEASE: Moving Marshall Forward
10/24/14

What does it take to put together a great team? Southwest Michigan First, under contract with the Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance (MAEDA), has assembled the team that will help Marshall move forward on many fronts including economic development, small business growth and tourism. The team, which includes both new and familiar faces to the community, was put together based on Southwest Michigan First’s proven hiring strategy – centered on talent and team fit.

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PRESS RELEASE: MANN+HUMMEL USA opens new South Campus facility
9/30/14

PORTAGE, MICHIGAN, Sept. 30, 2014 – Yesterday, MANN+HUMMEL USA (MHUS) celebrated the official opening of its new world-class South Campus facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

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Jobs First

WWMT NEWSCHANNEL 3: Jobs First with Armstrong International
7/22/13

For more than a century, Armstrong International has understood how to help its customers achieve optimal performance from their utility systems. Headquartered in Three Rivers and with more than 1,000 employees worldwide, Armstrong's utility optimization expertise is sought out by thousands of companies in the industry categories of food and beverage processing, chemicals, refining, health care, education, industrial manufacturing and more.

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WWMT NEWSCHANNEL 3: Jobs First with Parker Hannifin Corporation | Hydraulic Systems Division
7/15/13

Watch Parker Hannifin Corporation’s Hydraulic Systems Division in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The workforce at this site builds and repairs systems that go in aircraft hydraulic systems to make planes fly such as actuators for landing gear doors, fuel reservoirs, filter modules, control valves and power generation pumps.

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WWMT NEWSCHANNEL 3: Jobs First with Weber Specialties
7/8/13

For over 70 years, Weber Specialties Company has been supplying custom, high quality stampings, tooling, assemblies and fabricated components to industry leaders from its location in Schoolcraft, Michigan. New customers and new products have driven the company to expand its workforce and footprint in Michigan. Watch what's propelling Weber Specialties forward!

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Videos

CATALYST AWARDS 2013: Let's See How Far We've Come
5/23/13

Jobs Celebration! Southwest Michigan First honored more than 50 regional companies, organizations and individuals during its 2013 Catalyst Awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 for contributing to the economic growth of Southwest Michigan. Watch to see what we've done Southwest Michigan!

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WWMT NEWSCHANNEL 3: Special Report: Highway Headache: Part 1
5/9/13

WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The stretch of I-94 from Kalamazoo to Battle Creek is one of the busiest stretches of road in the entire state ... For four months we investigated whether our leaders have a plan of action for I-94 expansion.

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VIDEO: WMU's New Sangren Hall and Community
2/21/13

Western Michigan University's Sangren Hall embodies the University's commitment to excellence and sustainability and supports its mission for academic success and future achievement in the region.

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