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Reward increased for tips in Holland robbery case

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM)- Silent Observer in Holland is increasing its reward for information about an armed robbery that hospitalized one man. 

The attack happened in the 400 block of Columbia Avenue on Sunday afternoon.  Police say a masked man pointed a gun at the victim and hit him in the head several time.  The thief ran away with the victim's belongings.  The 19-year old victim was treated at a nearby hospital for head and facial injuries.

Police believe the attack may be related to other recent robberies.

The reward is now up to $2,500.  Anyone with information on this case should call Silent Observer at 1-877-88SILENT.

Lakeshore business plans for coming battery industry

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Holland economic agency says the local business community needs to start planning for new advanced battery industry.

Lakeshore Advantage President Randy Thelen says the new industry could generate nearly 10,000 jobs in the area by the year 2020, along with nearly $2 billion in investments.

"We need to make sure our companies are studying and researching the market to find the opportunities and jobs that will be out there," he said.

Thelen recently presented a strategic plan to the area chamber of commerce which included supporting research and development in the area, recruiting local talent from area colleges and being active in the industry's supply chain.

The goal, he says, is to keep all jobs that support and benefit manufacturing in the area and to grow the lakeshore's advanced battery community base.

Silent Observer raises reward for tips in Holland robbery

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Silent Observer is raising the reward for information on the beating and robbery of a Holland man to $2,500.

The attack happened Sunday at about 12:30 a.m. in the 400 block of Columbia Ave.

Holland Police say a 19-year-old man was walking alone when he was confronted by the suspect who was wielding a handgun. The suspect then struck the man several times, who took serious injuries to the face and head. The suspect then robbed the the man and ran off.

The man was taken to Holland Community Hospital and later transferred to Spectrum Hospital where he was released after treatment.

He says the suspect was wearing a dark colored bandana over his face with a hooded sweatshirt. He describes the suspect as a Hispanic male about 15 to 20 years old, around 5'7 with a heavy build.

Police believe the incident may be related to a string of three other robberies that took place in recent weeks around the area.

Zeeland boy meets the Detroit Tigers

Detroit, MI. (WZZM)- Saturday night 6-year-old Jed Comden, of Zeeland, and his family were given an all-access pass at the Tigers' game against Baltimore.  A WZZM viewer watched a story we aired in June about Jed, who was playing tee-ball three-and-a-half years after being diagnosed with a brain tumor, and alerted the Detroit Tigers. 

Jed continues physical rehabilitation after surgery and chemotherapy saved his life.

"I've had complete strangers come up to me in the store after seeing the story earlier this summer," said Jed's father Tony. "They say, 'Hey are you Jed's dad? That was a really cool story. He's really inspiring.' I've had people tell me that they've sent the story on to relatives and people who have disabled kids as a means to encourage them."

Volunteers Needed for Fall Tulip Bulb Planting Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HOLLAND, MI – September 15, 2010, The Tulip Time Festival, in conjunction with the City of Holland Parks Department, will host a “Tulip Bulb Planting Day” on October 16, 2010 at Window on the Waterfront Park, located on 6th Street between Columbia and College Avenues, from 8am-12:30pm.  Rain date will be October 23, 2010, same time and place. Volunteers will be needed in two shifts 8am-10am and 10:30am-12:30pm.

Crane’s In The City Restaurant will provide snacks and beverages for all volunteers from 10am-10:30am and a Michigan State University Extension Master Gardener will also be on hand to provide educational resources and answer general tulip planting questions. Jonker’s Garden will be donating prizes for volunteers.

Volunteers are encouraged to sign up online at tuliptime.com by creating a new account under “Volunteer Login” or call Sue Schurman, Volunteer Coordinator at 616.396.4221 x. 108.

Holland company celebrates 25 years in business

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM)- A Lakeshore business is surviving the economy and celebrating 25 years of helping people stay organized.

The Stow Company has specialized in home organization and closet storage since 1985.  Tuesday night the firm is celebrated its 25th year in business.

Despite the sluggish economy, officials with Stow say sales were up more than 20% last year, and they've been steadily hiring.

"It's good right now, and because we've been able to grow our employee base this year," said Corporate Sales Vice President Bill Lown. "Last year was a tough year for everybody in the industry, but we've been able to come out of that and focus on the future."

The company currently has 190 employees with about 100 based in the Holland area.

"We have grown nicely this year," Lown said.

600 New Jobs Coming To Herman Miller

LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) - Governor Jennifer M. Granholm has announced projects that are expected to create over 4,200 jobs in Michigan, including over 600 at Herman Miller in Holland and Holland Township. 

Based on the MEDC's recommendation, Tuesday the MEGA board approved a state tax credit valued at $7.8 million over seven years to encourage the company to expand in Michigan over competing sites in Wisconsin and New York. The city of Holland and Holland Charter Township are considering tax abatements in support of the project.

Herman Miller plans to invest $11 million in a two-phased expansion project in Holland. Phase I will expand and renovate a space for the company's administrative and health care products.  This will occur at the company's Greenhouse facility off of 16th Street.