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GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS JOURNAL: Best and Brightest names elite-level winners
Thursday, May 7, 2015

The winning companies of this year’s Best and Brightest elite awards and Best of the Best awards were announced today during an annual awards event honoring West Michigan businesses for their best practices in human resources.

West Michigan’s 2015 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For were recognized by the Michigan Business and Professional Association on May 7 for their innovation and best practices in human resources during an annual symposium and awards program at the JW Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids

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SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE: Forest River expanding
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WHITE PIGEON — Elkhart-based Forest River Manufacturing formally breaks ground today on the company’s first Michigan location.

Located at 500 W. Chicago Road, White Pigeon, the new site will include three roughly 100,000-square-foot plants that will produce new lines, according to a news release. Forest River has yet to disclose what those new products might be, though, said Heather Baker, executive vice president of Southwest Michigan First.

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WNDU 16: Elkart-based company breaks ground on new facility in Michigan
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WHITE PIGEON, Mich. --- Elkhart-based Forest River Manufacturing, an RV manufacturing staple in Indiana, is opening a new facility in White Pigeon, Mich. and bringing hundreds of jobs with it.

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MiBIZ: Long-term wellness strategy drives Southwest Michigan First
Sunday, May 24, 2015

When Southwest Michigan First looked to create a robust wellness program, the economic development agency wanted to add a level of thoughtfulness to its programming rather than focus on avoiding unhealthy behaviors or diets and eliminating sedentary lifestyles.

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PRESS RELEASE: Southwest Michigan First launches regional internship portal to keep talent local
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

KALAMAZOO, MI – Southwest Michigan First announces the launch of its new internship web portal: MIINTERNSHIP.com, a one-stop source for employers and students to post and find internship, apprenticeship, fellowship and co-op positions throughout the Southwest Michigan Region.

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MiBIZ: Long-term wellness strategy drives Southwest Michigan First
5/24/15

When Southwest Michigan First looked to create a robust wellness program, the economic development agency wanted to add a level of thoughtfulness to its programming rather than focus on avoiding unhealthy behaviors or diets and eliminating sedentary lifestyles.

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SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE: Forest River expanding
5/13/15

WHITE PIGEON — Elkhart-based Forest River Manufacturing formally breaks ground today on the company’s first Michigan location.

Located at 500 W. Chicago Road, White Pigeon, the new site will include three roughly 100,000-square-foot plants that will produce new lines, according to a news release. Forest River has yet to disclose what those new products might be, though, said Heather Baker, executive vice president of Southwest Michigan First.

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WSBT 22: RV Plant expands to White Pigeon
5/13/15

WHITE PIGEON - One of the area's largest RV makers broke ground Wednesday in White Pigeon for a huge expansion project.

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Press Releases

PRESS RELEASE: Southwest Michigan First launches regional internship portal to keep talent local
6/23/15

KALAMAZOO, MI – Southwest Michigan First announces the launch of its new internship web portal: MIINTERNSHIP.com, a one-stop source for employers and students to post and find internship, apprenticeship, fellowship and co-op positions throughout the Southwest Michigan Region.

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PRESS RELEASE: The Shovel Will Hit the Dirt in White Pigeon as Forest River Manufacturing Breaks Ground on New Site
5/6/15

WHITE PIGEON, MI – On Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 9:00 am, Forest River Manufacturing will break ground on its future Michigan site to be located at 500 West Chicago Road, White Pigeon, MI 49099.

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PRESS RELEASE: Southwest Michigan First to host Populus, a one-day event for community change-makers to get stuff done
3/31/15

KALAMAZOO, MI – Southwest Michigan First will host its second annual Populus conference on May 1, 2015 in downtown Kalamazoo. Populus 2015 is a one-day event designed to foster collaboration and spur real change in the community as thought leaders, policy makers and engaged citizens work together to solve some of Southwest Michigan’s most critical issues.

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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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