Few if any Lansing success stories compare with that of Two Men and a Truck. The moving company began in 1985 as an after school endeavor with an advertising budget in a ceramic dish. Today, founder Mary Ellen Sheets leads a company whose revenue clears $300-million annually. Two Men and a Truck has locations in 39 states and four countries. It has completed roughly five million moves. It also donates about two and a half million dollars in moving services annually.
Technological change is continually reshaping the media landscape. It’s been forcing those of us in the media to adopt new ways of communicating news and information. That evolution has been especially challenging in the newspaper world. While publishers are hopeful that modest rises in online advertising and revenue will continue, a multi-year trend of overall declining ad revenue continues. According to the Pew Research Journalism Project, it dropped another 2.6-percent in 2013 compared to the previous year.
After months of repercussions stemming from December’s ice storm and power outages that affected thousands of people, the Lansing Board of Water and Light continues to generate headlines. Some customers complain of overly aggressive tree trimming by the city-owned utility. Others question the justification for a proposed rate hike. In June, the BWL Board appeared to violate the state’s Open Meetings Act.
As Michigan-made brews are flowing from taps all over the state this summer, a game-changer in the micro-brewing business is underway right here in Lansing. American Fifth Spirits aims to offer a variety of micro-distilled liquor to the Lansing community, as well as a historical milestone: it’s Lansing’s first distillery ever.
Microbreweries have been popping up all over the state, but what about micro roasters? Current State’s Emanuele Berry recently took a trip to visit the founders of Craft & Mason Coffee, a new micro roaster in the Lansing area.
Imagine you were an 18-year-old American student, and you went off to study at a university in China that taught economics, biology and all the other subjects in Chinese. Then imagine on top of that navigating the legal and cultural differences to start your own business. For most of us, it would be a daunting challenge to say the least, and more likely too difficult to even attempt. At Michigan State University, some Chinese international students are up to the challenge.
This week, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation authorized a $3-million loan to Lansing-based Niowave, Incorporated. The particle acceleration company will leverage the funds to build a $200-million medical isotope production facility near the Capital Region International Airport. It’s planning its expansion around Port Lansing, the international logistics hub that’s been sprouting up around the airport over the last few years.
The last year has been a trying one for Lansing’s Niowave Corporation and its residential neighbors in the area north of downtown. The Lansing Economic Area Partnership has spent months forging an agreement between the company and its neighbors over how to improve the appearance of a large metal building that went up last summer.
The NEO Center, Lansing’s first business incubator, is marking a year and a half of helping aspiring entrepreneurs launch small businesses. The NEO Center, short for New Enterprise Opportunity, offers office space and a variety of other resources to help new business endeavors get a foothold and hopefully take off.
Last week, company officials from Jackson National Life Insurance, alongside Gov. Rick Snyder and mayor Virg Bernero, announced a proposed $100-million expansion of its headquarters near Lansing. The project has rekindled an interesting discussion on marketing Lansing as a hub of the insurance industry. Four insurers-Auto Owners, Jackson National, the Accident Fund and Farm Bureau Insurance-already employ at least 5,500 people in Lansing, according to the Lansing Economic Area Partnership. The expansion plan, if it proceeds, would add about another 1,000.
MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins Current State every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. Today, she talks with Current State host Mark Bashore about the delayed Market Place project in downtown Lansing, a new food business in Old Town, and the future of convention business in Detroit.
MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins Current State every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. Today, she talks with Current State host Emanuele Berry about how Lansing will balance its budget, the proposed Kewadin casino project and more.
For months, residents of Lansing's Walnut neighborhood and Niowave have a argued over how to improve the appearance of the particle accelerator company's pole barn. Bob Trezise, the executive director of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, updates the situation.
Recently, both sides in the dispute over a controversial pole barn built by Lansing-based Niowave expressed optimism that a deal could be reached that would make the building more palatable to the neighbors. Now, some Walnut Neighborhood leaders say Niowave’s latest proposal to fix the facade falls short. One of the leaders, Mary Elaine Kiener, offers an update.
MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock talks with Current State’s host Mark Bashore every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. Today, former East Lansing mayor Doug Jester also joins the conversation to discuss a new downtown East Lansing development.
MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins us every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. Today, she and Current State’s host Mark Bashore talk about published claims that the Michigan Department of Treasury is failing in its efforts to collect billions of dollars in delinquent tax revenue.
In the latest episode of the Niowave pole barn dispute, Monday night the Lansing city council held a public hearing regarding the company’s recent application for a tax break on its property on North Walnut Street.
Lansing city council member Brian Jeffries, chairman of the council’s Planning and Development committee, and Walnut Neighborhood activist Dale Schrader update the situation. Niowave did not respond to our interview request.
MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins us every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. This week, she and Mark delve into Governor Snyder's plans for an economic summit next week in Detroit.
Today on Current State: The latest setback to the Lansing casino deal; Michigan ACLU on "Right to Work" lawsuit; the "Michigan 2020" plan; Neighbors in Action featuring All Saints Episcopal Church; folk legend Janis Ian; and MSU students and staff in Beijing.
Today on Current State: A breakdown of the impending changes to Michigan's health care system; phobias and fears with the co-author of "Encyclopedia Paranoiaca;" a profile of new state representative Theresa Abed; sports with the Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode; and business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock.
MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins us every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. This week, she discusses news that the Lansing State Journal plans to sell its building.
MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins us every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. This week, she discusses the Lansing metro area's real "GDP."
Joel Ferguson has been among Lansing’s most influential people in business, politics and community service for many years. The founder and president of Ferguson Development is also active in Democratic party politics statewide and nationally. And he currently serves as president of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees.