auto suppliers http://michiganradio.org en Snyder drums up 'relentless positive action' after bad news weekend about Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-drums-relentless-positive-action-after-bad-news-weekend-about-detroit <p>Detroit’s bankruptcy will make it tricky to brand Michigan as the comeback state.</p><p>True to his “relentless-positive-action” style, Governor Rick Snyder didn’t let a weekend of bad news about Detroit’s dismal finances get him down.</p><p>On Wednesday morning, as a hearing on the bankruptcy was beginning in federal court in Detroit, Snyder attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for an <a href="http://www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/real-economy/west-michigan-sees-surge-manufacturing">auto supplier that’s expanding in Muskegon</a>. He urged factory workers to spread the good news about Michigan to everyone they meet.</p><p>“I’m not talking just ‘Pure Michigan” tourism messages, Snyder told the crowd. He asked they spread the news about Michigan’s educated workforce and its culture “of making the world’s best products.”</p><p>He admitted to reporters the bankruptcy has sidelined conversations about the state’s economy. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 19:08:35 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13678 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder drums up 'relentless positive action' after bad news weekend about Detroit Japanese auto supplier set to invest $150 million in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/japanese-auto-supplier-set-invest-150-million-michigan <p>Japanese auto supplier Denso has announced a four-year, $1 billion expansion in North America, including a $150 million investment in Michigan.</p><p>According to plans revealed at the North American International Auto Show on Tuesday, the auto supplier could hire a combined 400 new workers at its technical center in Southfield and manufacturing plant in Battle Creek.</p><p>Nathan Borney of the Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130115/BUSINESS03/130115018/Expansion-by-Japanese-supplier-Denso-could-add-400-jobs-Michigan">has more</a>:</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:12:03 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10779 at http://michiganradio.org Japanese auto supplier set to invest $150 million in Michigan CEO of West Michigan auto supplier sues feds over Affordable Care Act provisions http://michiganradio.org/post/ceo-west-michigan-auto-supplier-sues-feds-over-affordable-care-act-provisions <p>The leader of another Michigan business is suing the federal government over provisions of the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>John Kennedy, CEO of Kentwood-based <a href="http://www.autocam.com/web/index.php">Autocam </a>Automotive, <a href="http://platform.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan-new/media/docs/autocam v feds.PDF">filed a complaint in a federal court </a>in Grand Rapids Monday. In it, he says his company shouldn’t have to provide employees with health insurance that includes contraception coverage he considers “intrinsically wrong and gravely sinful”.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=vECtrmRyVEA</p><p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 18:55:50 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9416 at http://michiganradio.org Auto suppliers recover but "choke point" looms http://michiganradio.org/post/auto-suppliers-recover-choke-point-looms <p>Michigan lost 45,000 auto supply jobs from 2008 to 2009, according to the Center for Automotive Research.&nbsp;</p><p>By the end of this year, it will have gained most of those jobs back.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Suppliers say they are hiring, but the recovery is not without its bumps.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>No one knows exactly how many auto supply companies in the state went under in 2008 and 2009.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s because some owners didn&rsquo;t bother to file for bankruptcy; they just sent their workers home and locked up the shop.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 14:49:10 +0000 Tracy Samilton 6597 at http://michiganradio.org Auto suppliers recover but "choke point" looms Growing West Michigan auto-supplier hiring big, again http://michiganradio.org/post/growing-west-michigan-auto-supplier-hiring-big-again <p>Zeeland-based Gentex Corporation is the world&rsquo;s largest supplier of auto-dimming review mirrors. The company has hired 1,200 people in the last two years. Now it&rsquo;s looking to hire another 1,100 people in the next five years. That&rsquo;s a 65 percent&nbsp;increase in its workforce since 2008. Tue, 16 Aug 2011 18:15:34 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3778 at http://michiganradio.org Growing West Michigan auto-supplier hiring big, again