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My Town: Solar energy industry leader to expand in Walker

My Town: Solar energy industry leader to expand in Walker

 WALKER, Mich.—  A California-based company is expanding its operations in West Michigan.

SolarBOS is an industry leader in the Balance of System segment of the solar industry.  The business was founded in 2004 and is now looking to invest approximately $884,000 in a new facility in Walker.  SolarBOS anticipates hiring 50 to 56 employees over the next three years, with help from a $250,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

“West Michigan’s manufacturing sector is unique in its diversity and talented workforce,” said Jason Schripsema, chairman and CTO of SolarBOS, Inc. “We hope to leverage both of those assets in this new chapter of SolarBOS growth story.”

My Town: Company looks to hire hundreds more workers

My Town: Company looks to hire hundreds more workers

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  A growing call center is looking to hire hundreds more workers.

Dialog Direct, formerly NOVO 1 contact centers, is looking for 200 to 300 people to work in the greater Grand Rapids area, including its newest facility at 2905 Lucerne SE.  New employees will take part in an eight-week training program, beginning June 9.

“We’re looking for people who are friendly, energetic and engaging over the phone to handle inbound customer service calls,” said Dialog Direct Site Director Michelle Levy. “We’ll provide comprehensive subject matter content and coach the team on ways to deliver the ideal customer experience with every call. Key job qualifications include excellent critical thinking and communication skills: verbal, written and computer. Professional appearance, dependability and flexibility are required.”

My Town: Ryan Reardon assumes ownership of two Grand Rapids McDonald's locations

My Town: Ryan Reardon assumes ownership of two Grand Rapids McDonald's locations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  McDonald’s Corporation announced Friday, May 16  that McDonald’s owner/operator Ryan Reardon has taken ownership of the McDonald’s restaurants at 1130 Fulton St. SW and 1240 S. Division in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Reardon, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, has been with McDonald’s throughout West Michigan since 2007.

Reardon, 33, is a 2003 graduate from John Carroll University, where he was a running back on the football team. The assistant coach on that team was his father Tim Reardon, a JCU and Ohio football coaching legend. After he graduated from JCU, Reardon worked in Florida in the fields of heavy commercial construction and civil engineering, and in the Cleveland area working for Pulte Homes.

My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Approximately 90 businesses will be looking for employees during the Muskegon Veterans Job Fair this Friday, May 16.

The hiring event will take place on the U.S.S. LST 393 Veterans Museum Ship, docked at 560 Mart Street in Muskegon.  This is the third year for the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Job openings range from engineering to grocery store cashiers.  Participating businesses include:

My Town Walker: Rylee's Ace Hardware plans upgrades, inventory expansion

My Town Walker: Rylee's Ace Hardware plans upgrades, inventory expansion

WALKER, Mich.—Rylee’s Ace Hardware is expanding its inventory.

The city planning commission recently approved the store’s site plan to add sales and display areas for bark mulch.  The approval comes with conditions, including sales must be limited to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with mulch delivery between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.   Mulch storage piles must also be limited to 8 feet.

Rylee’s Ace Hardware is also planning upgrades to the building’s exterior and façade, as well as adding a sidewalk.  That work will need to be approved separately by the planning commission at a later date.

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—If you’re looking for a clean, safe place to dine out this weekend, the Kent County Health Department has some suggestions- 471 of them, actually.

The KCHD recently announced the winners of its 2nd annual Food Safety Awards.  This year’s 471 winners were selected from more than 1700 licensed facilities that were inspected through 2013.    To qualify, each establishment had to meet the following criteria:

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Outdoor Farmer’s Market in downtown Grand Rapids will open for its second season this weekend.

Grand Rapids Downtown Market says the new season of outdoor shopping will start Saturday May 3.  The outdoor market will be open every Saturday in May, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market will host its inaugural “Chefs at The Market” demonstration at 10 a.m.  A chef will showcase simple recipes you can follow using food available at the market.  This weekend’s demonstration will feature rhubarb.

Inside the market, visitors can take part in a free yoga session and enjoy live jazz music by Hugh DeWitt.  At noon, shoppers can also enjoy microgreens grown in the market’s greenhouse as part of a $5 tasting bar.

This year’s outdoor market will feature food and products from more than 50 vendors, including: