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 […]

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, […]

The demand for industrial space Tight Supply Transforming the Market

Economic data related to the U.S. industrial real estate market is pointing in a positive direction. The national availability rate was essentially unchanged in Q1 2017, even in the face of increased supply. CBRE Econometric Advisors estimates about 45 million sq. ft. of industrial space was completed in Q1, which is the highest first-quarter level […]

Greater Lansing is Back in The Driver’s Seat

Manufacturing is back in business. The greater Lansing region continues to see a resurgence of the industry that literally drives the economy within the local and global marketplace. In recent years that wasn’t always the case. Between 1998 and 2010, Michigan lost 45 percent of its manufacturing jobs. Several communities across the state, including Lansing, […]

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