Lakeshore Advantage, with support from partners at The Right Place, Greater Muskegon Economic Development, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West (The Center-West), and Michigan Economic Development Corporation, launched a West Michigan Industry 4.0 campaign to increase manufacturers’ smart manufacturing technology adoption readiness. Implementing Industry 4.0 technologies into operations helps manufacturers create opportunities for improved efficiencies, higher revenues, and increased innovation. Read the full press release HERE
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A Historic Food Processing Expansion for West Michigan

Request Foods Inc., a frozen entrees, sides, and skillet meal co-packing company, is investing $205,000,000 in expanding their operations in Holland Charter Township. They are adding a 145,000 square foot cold storage warehouse, constructing an 89,000 square foot Ready-to-Eat foods manufacturing facility and renovating an existing 30,000 square foot warehouse, as well as enhancing production capacity by adding 112,000 square feet to their Greenly Street location. This project is expected to lead to the creation of 198 jobs over the next four years. 
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Mary Hofstra of Grand Rapids Community College answers some frequently asked questions on the Michigan New Jobs Training Program. 
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Recent Bright Spots and News of Note

Celebrating what makes West Michigan a great place to live, work, learn, grow and start a business. 

  • LG announced a joint venture with Stellantis to produce EV batteries in North America. 
  • MI-STEP is still open and accepting applications. This program provides up to 75% reimbursement, up to $15,000 annually to eligible small businesses for export-related activity. Check your eligibility today
  • Michigan small businesses with 250 employees or less can now apply for a Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) matching grant up to $5,000 to make improvements to their workplace safety and health.  
  • Have you completed the broadband internet survey for Ottawa County yet? Take five minutes today and give Ottawa County valuable information for their broadband strategy. 
  • There are supply chain opportunities in renewable energy. Join PMBC and DTE Energy for a webinar on November 3 at 3:00pm to learn more. Register HERE
  • In partnership with DTE Energy and Consumers Energy, MEDA is hosting an educational webinar on Industry 4.0 on November 30th at 2:00pm. Register HERE
  • The West Michigan Regional Airport is asking you to take their Constituent/Stakeholder Survey to provide the airport with useful feedback on how to serve the community well. 

Thank You, Encoris and Tommy Car Wash Systems for Your New Investment in Lakeshore Advantage. 

Thank You, Request Foods for Your Increased Investment in Lakeshore Advantage. 

Lakeshore Advantage investor support positively impacts the region's economic health.  Contact Beth Blanton at to learn more. 
This news and events update was sent to you as a service of Lakeshore Advantage. We send communications on a regular basis to keep you up-to-date on information that may be helpful to you as a West Michigan primary employer. Please direct questions, comments and future submissions to Kelsey Sivertson at

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