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Mary Free Bed has 60 healthcare jobs on the board, more coming in 2014 with hospital expansion

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital (235 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids) has seen a wave of growth with the addition of 267 staff members in the 17 months between July 2011 and December 2012. The hospital has another 60 clinical and administrative job openings, and yet another unknown number of clinical positions that will come online with the 2014 opening of a 190,000-square-foot expansion.

Hospital CEO Kent Riddle says the growth is due to a number of changes the hospital has made.

"Almost two years ago, independent physicians in the community came to us to be employed as Mary Free Bed rehabilitation physicians," Riddle says. "We also formed an affiliation with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, ranked as the leading rehabilitation hospital in the world, and replicated what they do with the practice of admitting patients.

"We also devoted time to educating referring physicians in the area and in other hospitals (about who to refer)," Riddle adds. "They're referring patients with more complex issues."

The hospital expansion will bring the inpatient facilities up to 128 beds, and will transform the hospital to an all-private-room facility.

Jobs available at Mary Free Bed right now include administrative assistants, certified occupational therapy assistants, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, physician assistants, and many others. The hospital also offers a variety of internships.

Mary Free Bed employs some 1,000 people within the region, including those at the main hospital and at several locations throughout Michigan.

To find out about the jobs available or to apply for a job, click here.

Source: Kent Riddle, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

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Phenomenal job growth for West Michigan manufacturer of safety gloves

Business is good at West Michigan's HexArmor, a manufacturer of safety gloves and other related products.
"We are growing like crazy," says Todd Mellema, director of marketing. "In last year, we added 32 positions, 29 of which were in West Michigan. For the past eight to nine years, we've grown over 50 percent every year."

Mellema cites HexArmor's global presence, product line expansions, and aggressive marketing efforts as key to the growth, but says the two most important factors are the uniqueness of their products and their team. "We have proprietary technology that we use with our products," he says. "It is more cut resistant, thinner, and more durable than anything else on the market. We also have a great product development and sales teams." 

HexArmor now employs just under 100 people, and the forecast calls for more growth as the company enters new markets. "We started big in the recycling industry and then moved into other heavy industries -- anywhere there were a lot of hazards to hands. In the last three to four years, we've grown into the oil, gas, and mining sectors."

Mellema says the culture at HexArmor is like a big family who cares very deeply for the products they make and sell. "We all try to get our message out as much as possible. We all hear stories from our customers like, 'You saved this guy's hand. He now can come home at night and play catch with his kids.' We are not curing cancer, but we are doing things that are very important."

With more growth forecast, HexArmor remains in the hiring mode. Jobs can viewed on their site here. Be forewarned though, Mellema says they're very picky. "Almost every position includes an interview with the executive team. It's an entire day of interviewing."

To learn more about their firm, you can visit their site here.

Source: Todd Mellema, HexArmor
Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs News Editor

Grand Rapids' Terryberry seeks computer programmers, service support for high-tech employee awards

The Give a WOW social media-style employee recognition program launched by Grand Rapids-based Terryberry five years ago has taken off, and that means the company has added new jobs to keep up with the pace.

Terryberry (2033 Oak Industrial Dr.), best known for its high-quality award rings, jewelry, and traditional employee recognition plaques, launched Give A WOW as a means for any company's employees to recognize their peers using a social media-esque software platform. The company has immediate openings for two to three computer programmers and another two to three service support specialists.

Give A WOW creates a closed network within an organization, where employees throughout the business can acknowledge the contributions other employees make, and all employees can see that recognition and chime in with their own "atta boys." The recognition can also be tied to the organization's values, like customer service excellence or going above and beyond, says Mike Byam, Terryberry managing partner. The program allows employees of all levels to recognize the day-to-day performance of their peers.

"The way social media works, it's not a single communication from me to someone, but is instantly shared across the country," Byam says. "Terryberry has 30 offices across the country, and using Give A WOW, I can share the recognition of a fellow employee across all the offices."

Employees can post photos, connect their accounts to Facebook and Twitter, and access the software on apps for iPhone or Android OS. Terryberry hosts the software on its own servers. Clients purchase a subscription for the service, and Terryberry handles the rest.

For more information about the jobs available, click here.
For more information about Give A WOW, click here.

Source: Mike Byam, Terryberry; Karen Hogan, SeyferthPR
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

D.A. Blodgett - St. John's seeks social workers to work with children in crisis

D.A. Blodgett - St. John's has helped children in crisis for 126 years, and the need for the nonprofit's services continues to grow as more and more children come through its door. With the increased demand for services comes an increased need for qualified social workers and other staff.

D.A. Blodgett - St. John's provides children's and family services in mentoring, residential care, foster care, emergency shelter, adoption, and school and counseling. Those services include programs for children of incarcerated parents, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and KidsFirst Emergency Shelter.

"Our treatment foster care is something new we started last fall," says Executive Director Sharon Loughridge. "It's foster care services for, typically, older kids with pretty specific behavioral issues like sex offending behaviors, fire starting, or self abuse. As we had treatment foster care homes, we'll need more treatment foster care social workers -- someone with a master's degree and specialized training -- in the home doing therapy services."

Loughridge says they added 80 staff in 2012 and have need for more. Between March 1 and April 23, the organization placed 104 children in the KidsFirst Emergency Shelter, a record number. She says one factor for the growing need is that so many Kent County families have lost jobs, which caused them to lose their homes or not be able to afford heat, and that means one in four Kent County children live in poverty. The resulting stresses have created abusive situations.

The organization also has openings for four full-time and four part-time direct care counselors, and three full-time foster care social workers. Both of these positions require college degrees.

Other non-degreed positions include three part-time case aides, as well as two part-time receptionists who would work in a job-share position.

For more information on these jobs and to see other job openings, click here.

Source: Sharon Loughridge, D.A. Blodgett - St. John's
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

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Holland's Code Blue looks to enter South American security markets, aims to add 10 technology jobs

Holland-based Code Blue Corporation, a manufacturer of emergency communications systems, plans to add up to 10 technology engineers by the end of 2013. The company, which recently moved into a renovated 34,000-square-foot operations and production facility (259 Hedcor St.), added 12 jobs in 2012 and another three positions earlier this year.

Code Blue is known for the bright blue-illuminated Blue Light Emergency Phones found on school and college campuses, at healthcare facilities, and other public spaces. Depending on the setup, the call boxes provide users direct emergency access to campus security, 911 operators, or to the police department.  

Company COO David Cook says the firm already operates in the U.S., Canada, the Middle East, and Europe, and is moving forward on market expansion into South America, beginning with Brazil.

"In 2010, we introduced voice over Internet protocol and Code Blue took a bold step of faith and created an IP version of our analog emergency phone," Cook says. "We've turned the company from traditional manufacturing with assembly and painting, and became reborn as a technology manufacturer."

Code Blue brought on three sales reps this year. As sales increase, the company plans to hire network engineers, electronic engineers, and technology developers.

The new digs provide plenty of space for current office and production needs, plus an additional 10,000 square feet for projected growth, Cook says.

"We're tapping into the talent pool in West Michigan and it's important to Code Blue that our products are made in Michigan," Cook says. "We want to give back to the community and to be a part of the community, and it's important for us to be part of the West Michigan culture."

Code Blue has a public open house planned for Tues., May 7, at 3:30 p.m.

To find out more about Code Blue, click here.

Source: David Cook, Code Blue Corporation
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

As economy improves, Wolverine Building Group adds superintendent position

As the economy continues to improve and construction projects pick up, Grand Rapids-based Wolverine Building Group seeks to bring on an experienced superintendent to oversee multi-family construction projects.

"We're looking for somebody that has experience with multi-family buildings, mixed-use buildings that include retail and residential components, and high-rise/mid-rise projects," says Michelle Berry, human resources representative. "(We're) definitely looking for somebody who's a strong self starter, is organized, and with good communication skills."

Wolverine has built some of the area's more high-profile multi-unit residential buildings, including Division Park Avenue Apartments, 101 South Division Lofts, Serrano Lofts, and River House at Bridgewater Place.

For more information on jobs at Wolverine Building Group, visit the website here.

Source: Michelle Berry, Wolverine Building Group
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

Architectural and engineering firm Hooker DeJong seeks project manager, BIM specialist, others

Hooker DeJong architectural and engineering firm has added six new employees and seeks to add more.

In addition to bringing aboard a civil and structural engineer, two Building Information Modeling (BIM) specialists, a mechanical designer, and two architectural interns, the Muskegon-based company has an immediate need for a senior project manager and another BIM specialist.

"We're constantly reviewing applications and resumes so we can stay ahead of the curve with needs for management of special projects," says Cindy Hindi, client services specialist. "We always need BIM specialists, and are always looking for mechanical designers or engineers. If we find (someone) who fits our purpose and our outlook, we'll hire them."

Hooker DeJong has been in business in Muskegon for 75 years and recently opened a Grand Rapids office. The company works with developers of housing projects, construction of financial, healthcare, and government buildings, and education construction projects. Company services range from planning through design, development, and construction administration.

Click here to contact Hooker DeJong about job openings.

Source: Cindy Hindi, Hooker DeJong
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

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Northern Air adds new contract, anticipates new jobs

Northern Air, Inc., located at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, has been appointed a factory approved satellite service center for Pilatus Aircraft, Ltd., an international aircraft manufacturer.

This new business not only continues Northern Air's recent growth, but also is expected to create four new jobs in the area.

Northern Air President and COO Jeff Anderson says the new contract reflects both the firm's reputation in the industry and the desirability of doing business in Grand Rapids. "We are always out there looking to expand that side of our business -- we want to grow," Anderson says. "So about six months ago, we heard the service center became available and, along with others, we began the process of acquiring the service. Our operation has a good reputation, and we went full guns at it."

Anderson says being located in Grand Rapids was a very positive factor, too. "Where Grand Rapids is located and how the city has revitalized is very important. It is a win-win situation for Pilatus because they can market themselves to Chicago, Wisconsin, and the Detroit markets."

Northern Air, Inc. is also a certified factory service center for both Cessna and Piper Aircraft Inc.

To learn more about Norther Air and to inquire about jobs, you can visit their website here.

Source: Jeff Anderson, Northern Air
Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs News Editor

North Ottawa Community Health medical group seeks medical assistants, receptionists, physicians

The rapid growth of North Ottawa Community Health System's (NOCHS) physician practices group over the last three years has slowed, but leaders at NOCHS say they are still looking to fill several medical positions, including specialty doctors, medical assistants, and receptionists.

Since early 2010, the physician practices group has added 18 medical jobs ranging from doctors to midwives. In addition to having two to three current openings for medical assistants and receptionists, the group seeks two OB/GYN doctors, two to three family practitioners and one internist.

"NOCHS is a small community-based hospital, versus a big Trinity Health or Spectrum Health," says Barbara Nyblade, director of physician practices. "The board members are people who live in the community and they drive what we do and what our future holds."

With national trends shifting to keeping people healthy instead of making them well after they're sick, Chief Communications Officer Jan VanSkiver says the push is on to make that transition in local healthcare.

"In community healthcare, chances are you'll be taking care of someone you know -- a neighbor, another parent from your child's softball team, your child's schoolmate," VanSkiver says. "We're looking for people who understand the cultural fit. Community healthcare is doing more with less, and many times these folks have to wear many hats and are personal ambassadors for the healthcare system."

For more information on the jobs available, click here.

Source: Barbara Nyblade and Jen VanSkiver, North Ottawa Community Health System
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

Baudville seeks workers to fill new IT, accounting, warehouse, and office jobs in Grand Rapids

Baudville, a Grand Rapids-based awards and recognition company, has several new permanent job positions to fill thanks to its October 2012 acquisition of Atlanta company hi5 Recognition, LLC. And as Baudville enters its busy season, there are still several positions available. 

Baudville's Marketing Communications Specialist Cori Curtis says the company touts its culture as a "work hard, playhard" environment. She says Baudville teams have fun designing and selling inspirational, lighthearted, and achievement-oriented recognition products that help other companies recognize employees and clients. 

The company seeks to fill several full-time, permanent jobs, including a Java developer, an ASP.net developer, a financial clerk accounting position, and a handful of openings in the distribution center. In addition, there are temporary full- and part-time positions available in the call center as an inbound sales representative and in the distribution center. 

"Web marketing is a growth area for the company and a huge area of opportunity," Curtis says. "One area we've made strides in is in SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and our content; we optimize the pages to make sure people are finding what they are looking for and can complete the transactions easily. And in our distribution center, job skills range from receiveing ad shipping to assembling special products and engraving trophies and gifts."

Baudville has received recognition five times as one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

For more information on the jobs or to apply for a position, click here

Source: Cori Curtis, Baudville
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

Ten new medical jobs come to Grand Rapids with opening of first orthopaedic urgent care location

Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan (OAM) recently opened what could be Michigan's first urgent care program dedicated to treating orthopaedic emergencies, and that brings 10 new medical jobs to the city.

The program, called OAM NOW, offers full X-ray and MRI services and extended urgent care hours until 9 p.m. Mon. - Fri., onsite at 2680 Leonard St., NE, Grand Rapids, in the same building as OAM's main campus at 1111 Leffingwell Ave. NE.

"There are so many people who have children with injuries who sit in emergency room waiting rooms for hours, only to find that the E.R. can't really help them," says Mary Dale, director of human resources. "They refer them to a specialist, and then patients have a long lead time before they can see someone. We provide an opportunity where someone with an orthopaedic injury can see someone right away and pay just regular office visit co-pay."

OAM NOW treats urgent care muscular-skeletal injuries, such as broken bones, sprains and strains, lacerations, concussions, and back and neck pain.

The program has created five pre-registration positions, a triage nurse position, plus added two medical assistants and a receptionist. OAM still seeks to fill a physician's assistant position and an advanced medical assistant position called a clinical assist.

Dale says OAM employs over 300, and received recognition in 2011 and 2012 as one of West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.

For more information on these jobs and other positions open at Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan, click here.

Source: Mary Dale, Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan; Kim Skeltis, Blue Blaze Public Relations
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

Internships begin the career process at Colliers

With offices all throughout the world, Colliers International works within the global real estate industry with clients, offering services to investors, property owners, tenants, and developers.

The West Michigan office is located at 300 Ottawa Ave. NW. According to Derek Hunderman, VP and managing partner, the firm is in growth mode and works closely with area colleges and universities to carefully select and train individuals interested in a career at Colliers. A driving force for this opportunity is through their internship program.

Hunderman says the West Michigan team is a mix of independent brokers and support staff. Currently, Colliers employs 20 brokers working as independent contractors. "(Brokers) need to be very enterprising and very entrepreneurial. That sets the tone for the culture. Last year, we added a few new brokers; three came out of an internship role. We prefer to home-grow our guys and build them through the internship program."

Hunderman invites intern to come in and get a feel for the firm, and "then we can set up the process for a long-term plan."

Besides the brokers, the firm also has a support team for the brokers with positions in marketing and market research. As the company grows, they will add more administrative support. In the past year, this team added new positions in marketing and research roles.

To learn more about the work of the West Michigan Colliers office, you can visit their site here.

Source: Derek Hunderman, Colliers, International
Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs News Editor.

Bigger facility, sales growth means 50 new job opportunities at Grand Rapids Chair Company

A bigger, newer facility for Grand Rapids Chair Company that will bring its three locations under one roof could bring 50 new skilled manufacturing and office jobs to the region.

Grand Rapids Chair Company operates from three manufacturing facilities on Godfrey and Chestnut streets in Grand Rapids. The company, founded in 1997 by Dave Miller in his garage, has grown from a one-person sales rep firm to a 130-person furniture manufacturer.

Grand Rapids Chair Company manufactures tables and chairs for two distinct markets: the hospitality industry (hotels, restaurants, nightclubs) and the contract furniture industry (healthcare, corporations, education).

"We'll add 50 jobs over the next three years," says Geoff Miller, co-owner and son of founder Dave Miller. "We'll need assembly workers, upholsterers, woodworkers, millworkers, engineers, operations managers, administrative personnel, and customer service representatives."

Miller says the company has purchased a 140,000-square-foot building at 1250 84th Street, Byron Center, and will relocate there in phases over 2013. The consolidation of manufacturing will allow the company to reduce redundancies and gear-up with new equipment -- a blend of new and vintage woodworking, metalworking, and finish line machines.

"The reason the job growth is spread across the board is because we are a small, young, vibrantly-growing business," Miller says. "Our factory is a high-mix, low-volume factory with a lot of different processes under one roof."

For more information on jobs available now, click here.

Source: Geoff Miller, Grand Rapids Chair Company
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

Newly formed Muskegon Angels looking to invest in job growth

Grand Valley State University's Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC) recently announced the formation of a Muskegon Angel investment group.

Eric Seifert, finance and strategy specialist at MI-SBDTC, says MAREC is a perfect home for an investment group. "MAREC has the resources to support the Angels with infrastructure, including access to GVSU and the MI-SBDTC." 

Seifert says the organization has a very specific focus. "They are keenly interested in businesses located in Muskegon and (the) lakeshore area, especially advanced manufacturing, technology, water-related issues, and food production."

Seifert adds that the organization is also looking to invest in existing businesses other than startups that are recovering from the recession. "Because of the challenges in the past, (these businesses) need working capital. The Angels are looking to put money and mentorship into those businesses."

According to MAREC's press release, the concept of an Angel group in Muskegon began in 2012. More than 20 individuals are participating, with some members located beyond Muskegon County. Participants agree to invest $125,000 over five years. When fully capitalized, the organization's financial assets will total more than $2.75 million.

Seifert credits Kevin McCurren, executive director of GVSU's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, as being instrumental in the formation of this group along with Mike Olthoff, Larry Hines, John Pridnia, and Paul Jackson.

To learn more about this organization, you can visit their site here.

Source: Eric Seifert, MI-SBDTC,
Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs News Editor

Staffing firm provides gateway to jobs

With the resurgent automotive industry driving employment needs in Michigan, staffing and outsourcing services firm EmploymentGroup (EG) is poised for another big year.

President and CEO Mark Lancaster says his firm had an outstanding year in 2012. "[The automotive industry] drives Michigan and drives the country. It continues to be strong. Overall, we placed over 6000 temporary employees last year, and 995 were then hired on customer payrolls. Our services provide a gateway to really good jobs." 

To help the firm manage its growth, EG also announced two recent employee promotions and new hires within its EG and EG Managed Services operations. Ti Elzinga has been promoted to sales account manager for the Grand Rapids and the Lakeshore region, and Brenda Howard was hired as sales account manager for the Lansing, Battle Creek, and Kalamazoo regions.

Besides the automotive industry, Lancaster says the healthcare and furniture industries are also growing and a source of the firm's placements.

To learn more about the EmploymentGroup, you can visit their site here.

Source: Mark Lancaster, EmploymentGroup
Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs News Editor
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