Keeping Up With the Times A look into Lansing’s constantly evolving manufacturing industry

Ensuring the strength and viability of Lansing’s manufacturing economy means adapting to rapid changes in consumer demand, means of production, distribution, technology and more.  For manufacturers, large and small, it means looking strategically at their operations and often rethinking their business models. Helping them with these challenges and opportunities are organizations like the Lansing Economic […]

A Bright Outlook for the Construction Industry Need for skilled labor at all-time high, one Michigan school develops next generation workforce

For many, construction is a nuisance. Roadwork means detours, longer commutes, dirt, dust and orange cones. For others, it means putting on a hard hat as a way to provide for their families. According to the Associated General Contractors report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that private construction continues to grow, while public infrastructure […]

It’s More Than A Living, It’s a Life

For over a quarter-century, Christopher Ward’s work has given him purpose and passion in life. An upholsterer by trade, the 47-year-old Lansing man started out working in factories before opening his small commercial upholstery business in Lansing, A & S Upholstery Services. Since its launch a few years back, it’s grown into a steady company […]

BEHIND THE SCENES: John Grettenberger President and CEO, LorAnn Oils

John Grettenberger, 53, is president and CEO of LorAnn Oils, a manufacturer/distributor of premium flavorings and essential oils.  The company was founded 55 years ago by his grandfather, a pharmacist, who sold peppermint, clove and similar oils to pharmacies. Today, from its headquarters in Lansing, the company supplies retail and wholesale customers throughout the U.S. […]

Manufacturing Essential to Region’s Diversified Economy

Hosting two of the world’s most modern auto assembly plants and a sprawling network of industry suppliers, Lansing’s reputation as a manufacturing center is often overstated. Manufacturing directly accounts for just 21,000 of the region’s 235,000 jobs, although it supports other job sectors like trade and transportation, information technology and even leisure and hospitality. Ultimately, […]