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My Town: Local company gets grant to expand and hire

My Town: Local company gets grant to expand and hire

SPARTA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A locally-based company is expanding in Sparta and Gaines townships.

Last week, Cascade Die Casting Group, Inc. accepted a $275,000 Michigan Strategic Fund grant toward growing its facilities and adding equipment.  The $5.3 million investment will go toward new construction and purchasing die casting machines, trim presses and other manufacturing equipment.  The expansion is expected to lead to 50 new jobs.

Since its founding in 1978, Cascade Die Casting Group has grown to employ 400 people in Michigan and North Carolina.  The manufacturer is focused on aluminum and zinc alloy die casting.

My Town: Local First offers family-friendly Local Treasure Hunts this June

My Town: Local First offers family-friendly Local Treasure Hunts this June

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Local First has put together Local Treasure Hunts for families to do this June.

Participants can choose from two hunts: one in Grand Rapids and one on the lakeshore. Hunters can enter to win prizes in each hunt by texting in codes at each location. The hunts started on June 1 and will conclude at 11:59 on June 30.

In Grand Rapids, participating businesses include:

  • Grand Rapids Children's Museum
  • Grand Rapids Bicycle Company
  • The Cheese Lady
  • Fulton Street Farmers Market
  • Hop Scotch Children's Store
  • Nantucket Baking Company
  • Romence Gardens & Greenhouses
  • Schuler Books
  • The Rapid Central Station
  • GoNuts

On the lakeshore, the following businesses are treasure hunt stops: 

My Town Sparta: Pharmacy grand re-opening celebration scheduled

SPARTA, Mich.--- A longtime business will celebrate the opening of its new location with free food and activities later this month.

Momber Hometown Pharmacy moved from its rental space at 133 E. Division Street to a new, permanent home at the corner of Division and South State Street in February.  The new pharmacy has a drive-through and updated security, but is smaller than the old site, so items in the retail area are constantly changing

The pharmacy will celebrate its grand re-opening Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can enjoy free popcorn and slushies,  a bounce house, giveaways and sales.

My Town: Entries wanted for Beer City Coaster Contest

My Town: Entries wanted for Beer City Coaster Contest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—During this year’s ArtPrize, one artist’s masterpiece will be gracing the tables and bars at breweries throughout greater Grand Rapids.

This is the second year for the city-wide Beer City Coaster Contest, which is growing with the help of Experience Grand Rapids and Greater Grand Rapids Beer City breweries. 

“The Beer City Coaster Contest was an idea the leadership team of the SpringHill Suites North created in 2013 to celebrate the calibration of local breweries and the local art scene,” said Rachel Crowther, general manager of Pillar Hotel & Resorts Area. “The contest was a way for our hotel to create an art event, ‘ArtNight’, which showcased the original coaster artwork and celebrated the unique beer scene only found in Beer City USA.  After a successful contest and ArtNight in 2013, it was only fitting to see the contest grow and evolve in 2014 to a larger city wide contest.”

My Town Sparta: Plans for three new State Street businesses approved

My Town Sparta: Plans for three new State Street businesses approved

SPARTA, Mich.—  Three new businesses in Sparta are getting the green light to break ground.

During their last meeting, village council members approved the site plan for a new Subway restaurant at 313 S. State Street, as well as an orthodontic office and Biggby Coffee down the street at 275 S. State.

Both Subway and Biggby plan to include drive-throughs as part of their new businesses. Village officials have already granted the necessary permits to developers, so construction can start anytime.

My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Approximately 90 businesses will be looking for employees during the Muskegon Veterans Job Fair this Friday, May 16.

The hiring event will take place on the U.S.S. LST 393 Veterans Museum Ship, docked at 560 Mart Street in Muskegon.  This is the third year for the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Job openings range from engineering to grocery store cashiers.  Participating businesses include:

My Town: Public hearing May 15 over company's debated move

My Town: Public hearing May 15 over company's debated move

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.— The Alpine Township Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday, May 15 over a company’s debated move from Sparta to Fruit Ridge Avenue.

Crop Production Services is asking for site plan approval to move its business onto five acres at 6201 Fruit Ridge Avenue.  The company wants a special use permit to use the site to manufacture its fertilizers and crop protection products.  The plans include building an office, chemical storage facility and dry storage building as well as containment areas. 

 At least one community member is opposing the move, saying the proposed plans would put huge chemical tanks in the middle of apple orchards and vegetable fields, and the influx of semi trucks will only add to the hazards on a busy country road that already experiences a lot of crashes.

The public hearing begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.