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Past articles by Austin:

Farming, construction feel squeeze of retaliatory tariffs

When President Donald Trump began imposing tariffs at the beginning of 2018, the fear was it would lead to other countries retaliating in kind. Today, the → Read More

Gentex, Lakeshore Advantage finalize $100,000 investment

Lakeshore Advantage and Gentex Corporation have finalized an agreement that makes Gentex the first corporate investor in a recently launched economic → Read More

Holland Young Professionals announces new leadership

As the new fiscal year begins for Holland Young Professionals, the volunteer-run organization is now moving forward under new leadership.The group, which → Read More

A look at the 10 most expensive homes in Holland

At a time when houses under $225,000 are selling within a matter of days, the question that people are wondering is what happens to homes above the $225, → Read More

HireReach to help employers improve hiring process

Companies like Mercy Health West Michigan spend significant money each year to ensure they hire new employees right for a particular job.For Mercy Health, → Read More

Michigan employment expected to grow

LANSING — Michigan's Department of Technology, Management and Budget and the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives has released its statewide job projections looking at 10-year increments starting in 2014 and 2016.The data, released Wednesday, July 11, looked at everything from the 50 hottest careers in the state to the fastest-growing professions to the fastest-growing… → Read More

Herman Miller reports increased sales

ZEELAND — Herman Miller has released fourth quarter fiscal numbers and full fiscal year net sales numbers that show an increase in net sales. → Read More

Miller Fenwood completes Hope College art renovations

Hope College and local company Miller Fenwood Restoration have teamed up to restore and re-hang the presidential portraits in Graves Hall.It is a process → Read More

Housing market remains red hot across West Michigan

With inventory down and the number of buyers on the rise, the West Michigan housing market continues to remain red hot heading into the middle of the summer. → Read More

Investor group including Herman Miller acquires Maars Living Walls

ZEELAND — Herman Miller has announced that is now leading a group of investors to acquire Maars Living Walls.Located in the Netherlands, Maars was founded in 1946 and has expanded to over 45 countries. It provides solutions for interior spaces, including offices, care and cure facilities, airports, hospitality and universities.According to the terms of the agreement, Herman Miller will acquire… → Read More

Fenn Valley Vineyards to offer canned wine

FENNVILLE — Local retailers across Michigan will soon be offering canned wine from Fenn Valley Vineyards.It is an idea that first started around two years ago when Brian Lesperance, vice president of the company, saw canned wine while on a skiing trip. Since then, the Fennville company has been pursuing the idea and is ready to distribute across the state."I started running across wine in a can,… → Read More

It’s not a food truck, but a booze truck

So far, the wagons have been used for charity events and other small parties. → Read More

The Mitten Brewing Co. opens Saugatuck location

Following renovations to the former home of Borrowed Time in Saugatuck, The Mitten Brewing Co. opened its new property at 329 Water St. in Saugatuck. → Read More

Gypsy Girl Social Wagons provide new event beverage option

Gypsy Girl Social Wagons serves the greater part of West Michigan, providing refurbished horse trailers that can be rented as beverage stations for a variety of events. → Read More

Impacts of steel and aluminum tariffs already felt in West Michigan

The tariffs, 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum, took effect Friday, June 1. → Read More

Security a top priority for local banks in light of robberies

HOLLAND — In the past five months, Holland-area Macatawa Bank locations have been robbed three times. Most recently, the Macatawa Bank on Riley Street in Holland Township was robbed on May 22. So far, police are unable to answer why this local bank chain has been the target of repeated robberies.In a statement provided by Macatawa Bank President and CEO Ronald L. Haan, the bank chain has said… → Read More

The 205 Coffee Bar applies for liquor license

Having been open over a year now, Owner Jacqueline Petro said the time is now right to apply for the license to sell beer, wine and spirits at the local business. → Read More

Holland doctor retires after 42 years

Dr. Richard Kempf has served the Holland community for 42 years through his time at Holland Family Medicine. He officially retired on March 31. → Read More

Eighth Street construction continues to progress

Construction is underway on a number of projects located along West Eighth Street. In total, there are six projects in the works including a movie theatre, a parking ramp and mixed-purpose units with apartments, condos and retail space. → Read More

Auto Body Xperts continues to serve West Michigan

A local company known for serving the West Michigan community is now celebrating 70 years in business.First started in 1948 as Hudsonville Body Shop, Auto → Read More