Lakeshore Advantage connects expanding companies with state and local resources to support their growth. Below are two recent projects we assisted with. If your company is looking to expand, contact us at

Automated Machine Systems Expands

An established designer, manufacturer, and engineer of high-quality automation equipment and systems is investing over $1.4M to expand their existing facility in Georgetown Township. READ MORE.

Conveyor Concepts Expands

A manufacturer of structural steel and material handling equipment is investing over $1.3M to expand their existing facility in the City of Coopersville. READ MORE

One Year Reflection

Jennifer Owens wrote an editorial, featured in the Grand Rapids Business Journal, reflecting on One Year Post COVID-19 Onset as seen through the lens of the five stages of grief. Read her thoughts READ MORE
We've also documented a timeline and synopsis of our organization's work with businesses through the pandemic in this summary HERE
Over the last five years, Ottawa County has seen 5.2% wage growth while the average price of a home has increased by 64.5%. Ryan Kilpatrick of Housing Next shares his thoughts on wage growth when compared to the current housing market and how to close that gap.

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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. 

Upcoming Events

  • Gallagher is hosting an event as part of their Town Hall Series entitled, Adjusting to the Changing Job Market: Are You Prepared to Respond?, on April 7 at 1:00 pm
  • The Van Andel Global Trade Center is hosting a three-day virtual event on the fundamentals of Harmonious System Classification starting April 13 at 9:00 am.
  • PMBC and MDARD are partnering with Skidmore Studio to host a webinar for food product businesses in preparation for buyer-supplier meetings during the Making It in Michigan Event on April 14 at 10:00 am
  • West Michigan Public Purchasing Alliance is hosting a Reverse Trade Fair which will provide supply chain matchmaking between WMPPA public procurement professionals and Michigan product and service suppliers on April 29
  • We are partnering with MEDC's Pure Michigan Business Connect and The Right Place for the Michigan Furniture Industry Symposium which includes an educational session on industry trends as well as one-on-one buyer/supplier meetings on May 13

Thank You, National Bulk Equipment, for Your New 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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