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Expansion planned for Delta Township assembly plant

The planning commission of Delta Township unanimously approved a site plan that allows General Motors to add up to 210,000 square feet to the Lansing Delta Township plant as part of a $37 million expansion.

According to excerpts from the article:
"…the new details shed light on the scope of the Detroit carmaker’s proposed project, even without knowing what GM plans to do with the extra space. A larger body shop and general assembly building could allow the company to add or retool assembly lines, steps often taken when preparing to build a new or redesigned vehicle."
 
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Federal funding fights blight in Lansing and other Michigan cities

Lansing is among 11 Michigan cities that will benefit from $75 million in federal funding designed to fight blight by cleaning up dilapidated and empty buildings. Other cities included in work plans created by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority include Detroit, Ecorse, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Inkster and River Rouge in Wayne County, as well as Adrian, Ironwood, Jackson, Muskegon Heights and Port Huron.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"MSHDA will meet with city officials this month to discuss how they will submit plans to remove blight, choose the areas of the city that will receive the work, consider costs and set a timeline.

"The money is from $498 million the state was allocated in 2010 as part of the 'Hardest Hit' program, designed to help homeowners in states that suffered the most from the housing crisis."
 
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Healthier job market awaits college grads survey says

Employers are recruiting college graduates at a vibrant rate not seen since the turn of the century reveals a recent survey by MSU’s College Employment Research Institute.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"… after several years of small gains, hiring for 2014-2015 is expected to jump 16 percent for new graduates.
 
"The annual survey is the largest in the nation, the university said, and included responses from 5,700 companies. More than half of the responses were outside recruiters and company Human Resources managers looking for full-time employees."
 
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Impression 5 presses ahead with $2M expansion

Impression 5 hopes to inspire more children and families with the marvels of science through a $2 million expansion that will include the new 15,000-square-foot Dart Hall of Science.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The new exhibit area, accessible from the center's riverside entrance, makes way for more traveling exhibits, space for educational programs, a lounge area and restrooms."
 
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Developer breaks ground on new mixed-used facility in East Lansing

Construction began in early October on a $2.8 million development dubbed Element 903 that will bring first floor retail topped by three floors of 18 upscale student apartments to a repurposed site across from the campus of Michigan State University. 
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Each of the apartments will have two bedrooms and two full bathrooms with an open floor plan, European kitchen, granite counter tops and a washer and dryer, said Kincaid Henry Building Group Inc., which is collaborating with owners Rich Foster and Cynthia Harmon on the project. …
 
"City officials said the development, which was approved in November 2013, will remove an outmoded building and strengthen the Michigan Avenue/Grand River Avenue corridor."
 
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New video promotes downtown district

A video that builds on the #lovelansing vibe was recently released by Downtown Lansing as part of a the "This is My Downtown" media campaign to promote the area.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The video features scenes like the Lansing City Market, the Capitol, Impression Five, the Lansing Lugnuts and local retailers."
 
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Two Men and a Truck unwraps new headquarters

A homegrown moving franchise in Lansing unveiled an $8 million expansion that boosts the size of its headquarters to 55,000 square feet and holds promise for adding dozens of new jobs as the company steadily grows.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Two Men and a Truck was founded in 1985 by Mary Ellen Sheets and her sons, who used an old truck to make some extra money in high school. …
 
"President Randy Shacka said the company’s growth strategy, which included aggressive pushes into new markets, started in 2012. It now has 8,500 employees worldwide."
 
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Lansing duo makes list of best new coffee roasters

Lansing's Craft & Mason made the list of top new coffee roasters satisfying coffee addicts nationwide in a recent edition of Thrillist—the on-line compiler of the best-of-the-best food, drinks, gear, services, entertainment, travel options, and events.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"As the farm-to-table movement takes off in smaller cities like Lansing, a rising foodie tide raises all ships. That includes coffee-filled vessels thanks to Craft & Mason, known locally for a nitro cold-brew served out of their cafe at pop-up events …"
 
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Lansing inventor harnesses solar power to charge mobile devices outdoors

Pedestrians finding their mobile devices low on juice may soon have an option for charging in the urban outdoors thanks to the ingenuity of Lansing-based EnerFusion Inc. and its owner Joe Kobus
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The Lansing Board of Water & Light and Mayor Virg Bernero unveiled the city's first Solar Power-Dok picnic table … complete with an umbrella designed to provide energy whenever it is placed outdoors in direct sunlight.
 
"The table has solar panels attached to the umbrella and delivers electricity to four GFCI outlets and four USB power outlets that can charge gadgets such as cell phones, smart phones, and laptops."
 
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Chamber recognizes 10 young professionals to watch in next decade

Capital Gains Managing Editor Suban Nur Cooley was among 10 of Greater Lansing's top young professionals honored through the eighth annual "10 Over the Next Ten" awards coordinated by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Grand River Connection.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Open to those under 35 who had worked in mid-Michigan for at least two years, the annual awards aim to recognize Greater Lansing’s future business and community leaders over the next decade."
 
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Emergent BioSolutions to manufacture new anthrax vaccine

A $29 million contract between the federal government and Emergent BioSolutions ensures that the next generation of the nation's only anthrax vaccine will be made in Lansing.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The five-year contract with the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will fund production and other 'non-clinical functions' as the company prepares to seek approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the 'investigational new drug,' the company said earlier this month. NuThrax would be a dry version that could survive without expensive cold storage during shipping.

"At the same time, Emergent also is working to expand production of BioThrax, the only FDA-approved anthrax vaccine, at its Lansing plant."
 
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Sparrow blends home care services with Hayes Green Beach

In what officials call a cost-effective move, Sparrow Health Services will consolidate home care services with the Charlotte-based Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital. The 25 to 30 home care clients served by Hayes Green Beach will join the more than 75 clients Sparrow serves in Eaton County. Services include in-home physical, occupational and speech therapy, and home health aide services.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"…the consolidation will be more efficient for Hayes Green Beach, saving $12,000 annually. In addition, the consolidation will help the local hospital avoid the expense of upgrading billing software - something that would cost about $20,000."
 
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IBM gets state grant to train and hire workers

A $500,000 grant awarded to IBM by the Michigan Strategic Fund will enable IBM to add 100 jobs to its East Lansing location at 600. E. Crescent Road. The performance-based grant was given to IBM in part to cover training costs associated with the new positions.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The Armonk, New York-based information technology firm says it will invest $200,000 with the hiring at its software application delivery center … IBM employs more than 1,500 in Michigan."
 
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Sales growth prompts local manufacturer to expand facility, add jobs

Cameron Tool Corp. in Lansing plans to spend $1 million to expand operations at its 1800 Basset Ave. facility to keep pace with recent sales growth. The tool and die maker's project is contingent on the city granting a tax incentive that would cut the manufacturer's property taxes in half for 12 years.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"The company said in its application to city council that the expansion would keep 75 jobs and add 10 more — mostly skilled diemakers and machinists … The positions earn a median wage of $15 per hour."
 
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Renovations, hiring underway as Kroger repositions in the Lansing market

The Cincinnati-based Kroger has revamped a store in Lansing and announced plans to hire 90 workers in mid-Michigan as the grocery chain looks to secure its place in a competitive market.
 
According to excerpts from the article:
"Kroger - which also has stores in the Frandor Shopping Center in Lansing, Delta Township, East Lansing, Okemos and St. Johns - said it spent $2 million to remodel the 60,250-square-foot Holmes store, relocating some departments, updating decor and installing new checkout lanes."

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