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My Town: Looking for a job? Head to Grand Rapids, survey says

My Town: Looking for a job?  Head to Grand Rapids, survey says

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids is where the jobs will be in 2015, according to survey results published by Forbes.

Every quarter, Manpower surveys employers in each market to determine who will be hiring and who will be firing. The biggest jump in employment is expected to happen in the Cape Coral, Florida area, where 32 percent of surveyed companies said they planned to hire new staff in the first quarter of 2015.  McAllen, Texas ranked second for jobs, with an estimated 29 percent of companies hiring; Grand Rapids tied with Deltona, Florida for third place, with approximately 26 percent of businesses planning to add positions. For the complete rankings, visit Forbes’ website.

Heinz, Lin, Sturgis Join Varnum's Grand Rapids Office

Heinz, Lin, Sturgis Join Varnum's Grand Rapids Office

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Varnum is pleased to welcome three new associates to its Grand Rapids office.

Nicholas C. Heinz, Sherry X. Lin and John W. Sturgis VII are now practicing law at Varnum.

"We are very pleased to welcome these new attorneys to the firm," said executive partner Tom Kyros. "It's a very exciting time for them as they begin their legal careers, and it's an exciting time for us as well, as we continue to grow the firm in order to best help our clients meet the challenges and opportunities in today's legal environment. Varnum has a tradition of hiring top talent, and each of these new attorneys has demonstrated initiative and ability."

In order to provide associates a well-rounded experience that allows an in-depth look at the work done in various areas of law, Varnum associates spend their first two years working with a variety of teams within the firm as they decide on an area for their legal focus. 

My Town: WAVE Award winners

My Town: WAVE Award winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The businesses and people who take the Grand Rapids experience above and beyond are being honored.

More than 60 people were nominated for this year’s Way Above Visitor Expectations (WAVE) awards.  A panel of judges whittled down the nominees to just eight who exceled in attitude, attentiveness, performance, knowledge and consistency within the local hospitality industry. 

Guests and employers nominated over 62 individuals in eight categories between April and October. A judging panel evaluated the nominees on a set of criteria, including the individual’s attitude, attentiveness, performance, knowledge and consistency within the local hospitality industry. Winners were selected in the categories of Restaurants/Breweries, Attraction/Events, Lodging 150+ Rooms, Lodging less than 150 Rooms, Nightlife, Retail/Service, Volunteer in Hospitality and Transportation.

The 2014 winners include:

My Town: Gray, Linkner and Post Join Varnum Law

My Town: Gray, Linkner and Post Join Varnum Law

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Varnum is pleased to announce the addition of three experienced attorneys to the firm.

Charles F. Gray and Adam M. Linkner have joined the firm's Metro Detroit office, and Eric R. Post has joined the firm's office in Grand Rapids.

Gray is an intellectual property lawyer with significant experience drafting and prosecuting patents in various fields, including the automotive and medical industries. He is also experienced in trademark prosecution, IP litigation, and drafting software, trademark and patent license agreements. He joins the firm from McDonald Hopkins LLC. Prior to his legal career, he worked as an electrical engineer at Herman Miller, Inc.

My Town: Local First & Boxed GR showcase businesses in Local Treasure Holiday Box

My Town: Local First & Boxed GR showcase businesses in Local Treasure Holiday Box

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Local First and Boxed GR are collaborating this fall to offer the Local Treasure Holiday Box - a holiday gift box full of full-size and sample products and gift cards,  all from West Michigan retailers and specialty service providers.

The box’s contents are valued at more than $350, but only cost $32, making this limited edition gift a smart and easy way to give local goodies to those who love all things Michigan.

Unwrap the following items in the box:

My Town: Reality show featuring Kentwood manufacturer to air Nov. 21

My Town: Reality show featuring Kentwood manufacturer to air Nov. 21

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) – The producers of an Animal Planet reality show are moving up the air date of an episode featuring a Kentwood manufacturer.

“TANKED” features Wayde King and Brett Raymer of Acrylic Manufacturing, who build exotic fish tanks for celebrities.  In September, both stars visited Stiles Machinery in Kentwood for three days to record an episode featuring a 12-foot fish tank. The tank, which holds 700 gallons of water and weighs 7,000 pounds, showcases the Grand Rapids skyline. Stiles donated the piece to the Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center.

The episode will now air on Animal Planet Friday, Nov. 21 at 10 p.m., which is a week earlier than originally planned.

My Town: AT&T to hire 112 additional workers in Michigan

My Town: AT&T to hire 112 additional workers in Michigan

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—AT&T is expanding its workforce in Michigan.

The telecommunications company plans to hire 112 additional workers in the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Southeast Michigan areas.

“AT&T continues to expand its customer base in Michigan and invest in our network to ensure we are providing the high level of service customers have come to expect," said Jim Murray, president of AT&T Michigan. “As part our commitment to this level of customer service and to support our growth in Michigan, we are pleased to have the opportunity to welcome more than 100 residents to the AT&T family.”

 The new jobs include part-time and full-time openings that come with benefits.  For more information, visit AT&T’s website.