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Auto parts supplier hiring more workers as industry rebounds

Auto parts supplier hiring more workers as industry rebounds

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A Plainfield Township based auto parts supplier is looking to hire dozens of new employees.

Gill Industries plans to add 50 more workers to its local operations within the next 90 days to help build parts for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler and GMC Acadia.

"The automotive industry is humming now, and our approach to developing innovative products has enabled Gill to win new business," says Frank Jesensek, Director of Operations. "These positions will extend from skilled maintenance and robotic technicians to quality control to entry level assembly positions."

Gill Industries recently invested $2 million into new state-of-the-art equipment for the work.  The company is based at 5271 Plainfield Ave. NE but also has locations in Mexico, Europe and Asia.

Donate hair to help children October 15

Donate hair to help children October 15

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Get a free hair cut while helping children during the Wigs 4 Kids Hair Donation Drive at Northview High School on Tuesday, October 15.

The event is part of Northview’s Black Out Week, which honors the lives of those touched by childhood cancer. Design1 stylists are donating their time to provide professional haircuts to donors.  All participants must have at least eight inches of hair to donate.  Color treated strands will be accepted, but highlighted hair will not.

Wigs 4 Kids is a Michigan based non-profit organization that provides free wigs to children battling cancer or hair loss.  For more information about Northview’s event, email Erin Combs at ecombs@nvps.net.

Michigan Works! looks for hard workers to honor

Michigan Works! looks for hard workers to honor

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Michigan Works! is looking for employees in Kent and Allegan counties who go above and beyond to make customers happy.

This is the sixth year the agency has honored important yet sometimes undervalued workers during the Essential Service Awards. 

“While all employees contribute to the growth of our community and the efficiency of their organization, we tend to recognize those in leadership or highly visible positions,” says Dave Smith, chair of the Michigan Works! Kent & Allegan Counties Workforce Development Board.  “We often overlook the significant contributions that a virtually invisible workforce – the support workers within the various sectors – makes to our community by passionately performing less visible tasks.  The Essential Service Awards recognize exceptional individuals performing these necessary and essential jobs.” 

The Score makes beer history during 'Tap-Fest'

The Score makes beer history during 'Tap-Fest'

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- The Score Restaurant & Sports Bar celebrated its recent expansion by making beer history.

On Thursday, September 26, The Score opened its 128 taps for “Tap-Fest.” The restaurant donated $5,000 of its sales to two local non-profits: West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance and Friends of the White Pine Trail. 

Marketing manager Branden Monroe says The Score is the only bar in the state to dedicate 120 taps to craft beer, making it a beer lovers’ destination. The Score is located at 5301 Northland Dr. NE in My Town Plainfield Township.

Meijer partners with Priority Health to help as open enrollment for health insurance begins

Meijer partners with Priority Health to help as open enrollment for health insurance begins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Meijer) – Meijer, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter chain, announced today that it is partnering with Priority Health, Michigan's leading health plan, to raise awareness and help customers obtain information regarding their options as open enrollment for health insurance begins under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

The Michigan-based entities have unveiled a Health Reform and You! website at http://www.meijer.com/aca and are also providing informational brochures for customers at 203 Meijer pharmacy locations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

Get a glimpse of West Michigan during 'House Hunters' September 26

Get a glimpse of West Michigan during 'House Hunters' September 26

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A segment of HGTV’s “House Hunters” filmed in Grand Rapids will make its national debut Thursday night.

Realtor Marilyn Hazard, who helped Holland native Diane Travis make the move to Grand Rapids, says the segment will air at 10 p.m.

Hazard’s realty company is based at 4949 Plainfield NE in Plainfield Township, but she says crews also shot scenes at Bistro Bella Vita in Grand Rapids and G.B. Russo & Son International Grocery in Kentwood.