State police say he confessed because it was “weighing heavy on his chest.”
“Selling a semi-automatic pistol to Dantzler was like lighting a match to a powder keg,”
Lambert, Edwards & Associates, a Grand Rapids public relations firm with offices in Detroit and Lansing, says men dominated social media discussions on the Super Bowl before the game — but once it started, women joined the conversation.
The German factory and warehouse automation provider Dematic’s U.S. headquarters in Grand Rapids announced the purchase of Upturn Solutions, a Bigfork, Mont.-based developer of computerized maintenance management systems for distribution, warehouse and manufacturing centers. Dematic also said it plans to continue hiring in 2014 after adding 250 jobs in Grand Rapids in 2013.
Software expert Bill Wagner, who sold his SRT Solutions software development business to Grand Rapids-based Atomic Object last year, has launched his next venture — software training.
Michigan’s two largest online health information exchanges announced merger plans Monday.
The founder of a Michigan chair company is suing another furniture company after falling out of a chair and hurting his back.
CARL ERICKSON is co-founder and president of Atomic Object in Grand Rapids. Erickson oversees operations and client engagements at Atomic Object, which creates custom web, mobile, and embedded software products. He is also the interim CTO of ReapSo; board member and co-founder of Blue Medora; and board member and investor at Varsity News Network. Under his leadership, Atomic Object has grown from three developers to a 45-person team of designers, developers, and support staff. In September, Atomic Object acquired Ann Arbor software development firm SRT Solutions. It also opened an office in Detroit. With $5.5 million in revenue and an average growth rate of 25 percent, Atomic Object was named to Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 three times. The firm has been recognized as one of the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch by the Edward Lowe Foundation, presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business, and received the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility. The creation of Atomic Object followed the failure of a dot-com- era software startup where Erickson was vice president of development. Prior to that, he was a professor of computer science at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) for 10 years. He also was a part-time industrial lecturer at Uppsala University in Sweden and served on the board of the Swedish American Heritage Society for more than six years, part of that time as president. He is a board member of the West Michigan-based Grand Angels, and serves as a member and advisor for GVSU’s CIS advisory board and Business Ethics Center. Erickson received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and master’s and doctoral degrees in computer engineering from Michigan State University. Read the full profile at http://www.ltu.edu/leaders.
The Grand Rapids Whitewater project would remove the Grand River’s low-rise dams downtown and restore rocks and shoals to the riverbed.
AT&T Inc. Thursday announced that the company will hire workers for 139 jobs in the state this month, including 96 new positions and 43 replacements.