Southwest Michigan First shares the good news of the region it serves on FIRST & 42—our own media platform where we communicate about the people and companies you should get to know, community events, economic updates and more.
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Southwest Michigan First distributes positive news about the region it serves through FIRST & 42, a digital platform offering updates on what the organization and local businesses are doing, as well as other regional happenings, in our geographical latitude—parallel 42. You can enjoy FIRST & 42 news from us in two ways: when you want it on the standalone site or delivered straight to your inbox through our digital newsletter called “First & 42: The Kalamazoo Region’s Digital Daily” on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Subscriptions are free, so there is no excuse not to get all that you need to know fast and at your fingertips—meaning on your phone, computer or watch.
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Whirlpool Invests $80 Million in Benton Harbor and St. Joseph
Whirlpool Corporation, founded in 1911 and the world’s leading kitchen and laundry appliance company today, is planning to invest more than $60 million for economic development to rehabilitate and reconstruct its Global Laundry and Dishwasher Technical Center in the city of St. Joseph.