8.26.16:  Michigan plant making way for Grey Poupon mustard



HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — The state with a history of manufacturing motors and Motown music is making more room for mustard.

The Holland Sentinel reported Thursday that the Kraft Heinz Co. plant in the western Michigan city of Holland is expected to be the home of all Grey Poupon production in about a month. The plant also plans to expand production of yellow mustard.

The moves come amid a $17.2 million investment in the longtime Holland plant and addition of 50 employees. The expansion follows November’s announcement that the company would be closing seven plants in the U.S. and Canada and eliminating 2,600 jobs — about 14 percent of its North American factory workforce.

The company, based in Chicago and Pittsburgh, was formed from the merger of Kraft and Heinz last year.


8-12-16 Muskegon Man Dies Following Construction Fall

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A 48-year-old man has died following a two-story fall from the roof of a western Michigan college building. David Torrenga toppled Wednesday from Hope College’s DePree Art Center & Gallery in Holland. He later died at a hospital. The Holland Sentinel reports Thursday that police said Torrenga struck his head during the fall.

8-11-16 Warning for Women Walking Along Boardwalk in GH

Grand Haven police are wanting to advise women that a person has been approaching women and making them feel uncomfortable.  Police say several women reported the same type of incident where the male subject walks alongside them near the boardwalk and began talking about their appearance.  None of the incidents involved any physical contact but raised concerns by the women involved.

8-11-16 E. Coli Hitting Ottawa County

E-coli has shut down an Ottawa County beach.  The Health Department closed the beach at 8th Avenue Lake until further notice.  Testing has been done consistently but appears to have been on the rise recently.  The beach is expected to be closed through the weekend.

7.7.16:  Holland gets $1 million boost to Civic Center overhaul plan


HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — The city of Holland is getting a $1 million boost to its $15.1 million Civic Center overhaul plan.

Mayor Nancy DeBoer says Dick Haworth and Holland-based office furniture maker Haworth Inc. will donate $500,000 in cash and $500,000 in furniture and design for the project. The Holland Sentinel reports DeBoer announced the donation during Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

DeBoer says the city has been fundraising for the Civic Center project in recent months, approaching multiple donors in the community. The newspaper says possible additions to the project including a demonstration kitchen and Tulip Time offices could increase the overall price tag.

Jim Heeringa and his wife, Eileen, earlier announced they were donating $2 million to the project in honor of his parents, George and Lucile Heeringa.