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My Town: Head of ADAC Automotive to lead automotive supplier board

My Town: Head of ADAC Automotive to lead automotive supplier board

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CASCADE, Mich.– Jim Teets, President & CEO of ADAC Automotive (Grand Rapids, Michigan/USA), has been nominated as chairman of the Board of Directors of VAST – one of the leading automotive suppliers in security and access control products.

The position of chairman was created in the context of organizational changes in 2010, and it was decided that this function will rotate among the three VAST partners every two years. Harry Stratton, Chairman of STRATTEC Security (Milwaukee, Wisconsin/USA), was the first chairman. The last two years Rainer Goelz, CEO of WITTE Automotive (Velbert, Germany), headed up the VAST Board of Directors, which defines the strategic goals of the alliance, oversees the implementation of the VAST global initiatives and provides advice to the VAST leadership team.

My Town: Construction underway on adult day care center

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A new adult day care center is taking shape in Grand Rapids Township.

Construction is underway on SarahCare Adult Day Center.  The facility will be located in the Northridge Center, at 2211 East Beltline Ave.  The 8,378 square foot center will feature an activity room, living room, dining room, kitchen and food service area, exercise and beauty salon, as well as offices and a conference room for caregiver support groups.

CD Barnes Construction expects to complete work on the business by October 2014.

My Town: Company with local offices among best in America to work for

My Town: Company with local offices among best in America to work for

CASCADE, Mich.-- A business in West Michigan is among America’s Best Companies to Work for, according to 24/7 Wall St.

The content partner of USA TODAY recently released its list for 2014.  LinkedIn, Facebook, Eastman Chemical, Insight Global and Bain & Company took the top five spots, based on their Glassdoor ratings from employees.

Keller Williams is the only real estate company to make the cut.  The company says it’s focused on helping agents build their own businesses.  Employees rated it high for its training and rewards programs.  The company employs 95,000 associates nationwide, including the office at 630 Kenmoor SE, Suite 101 in Cascade.

In West Michigan's booming tech scene, talent is the final piece of the puzzle

In West Michigan's booming tech scene, talent is the final piece of the puzzle

By Stephen Thomas Kent
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

If you talk to West Michigan technology employers and entrepreneurs frequently, as we do at Rapid Growth Media, you’ll hear one refrain that pops up again and again: “Talent.” As in, “we need more of it.”

My Town: Pilates studio expanding physical therapy services

My Town: Pilates studio expanding physical therapy services

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A Pilates studio is expanding its services for those trying to bounce back from injury.

Beginning Aug. 18, physical therapist Annette Schwartz will be increasing her time at BodyMind Pilates to approximately 40 hours a week.  Studio owner Carolina Pava added a physical therapy program after noticing a need for unique and effective rehabilitation within the community.

“I strongly believe that healing can take place faster and more effectively when a patient gets full hour sessions of one on one attention, treatment and directions from a fully licensed physical therapist that treats the entire body along with the specific symptoms.  No two bodies are alike, no two injuries are the same and therefore, I wanted to create a truly personalized service I felt wasn’t available yet in our city,” says Pava.

My Town: Grand Rapids Township restaurant to become new taphouse

My Town: Grand Rapids Township restaurant to become new taphouse

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The owners of a new tap house taking shape on the East Beltline has a name.

RedWater Restaurant Group will call its newest restaurant “Gravity”, based off the brewing term defining the alcohol level of a particular craft beer.  The restaurant is taking shape at the site of the former Malarky’s restaurant, which closed after its owners announced plans to retire.  Construction on Gravity began late last month.

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My Town: Local restaurants named winners of wine

My Town: Local restaurants named winners of wine

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—At least half a dozen restaurants in West Michigan have made the cut for the corks they pop.

They are among 3,748 restaurants worldwide to make Wine Spectator’s 2014 Restaurant Wine List Awards.  For the first time this year, top honors went to Clos Maggiore in London, La Toque in Napa, Nice Matin in New York, Saison in San Francisco, The Stonehouse in Santa Barbara and Studio in Laguna Beach.  They join 68 other winners of the Grand Award, which honors restaurants that generally offer guests 1,500 or more wine selections and for superior cellars, service, ambiance and cuisine.

The program’s entry-level Award of Excellence went to 2,791 restaurants; another 883 restaurants earned the Best of Award of Excellence for typically offering a list of 350 or more quality wine selections.  Locally, the following restaurants made the cut: