Stephen Moore: Why the Rest of Michigan Isn't Singing the Motown Blues
Unemployment in Detroit was 15.1% at the end of 2013. In the Grand Rapids metro area it was under 6%.
Fred Keller, president of Cascade Engineering, which employs more than 1,000 workers assembling truck and auto parts, recalls how the more senior factory workers volunteered to take lower pay and a cut in hours during the depths of the recession to avoid the misery of layoffs of younger workers with families to support. Others logged extra hours without pay to help pull their employers... Continue Reading
3 Leadership Trends of 2014
The styles, tools, and theories of management that CEOs and academics are espousing this year.
2. Giving Second Chances
Fred Keller, founder and CEO of Grand Rapids, Michigan-based plastics manufacturing company Cascade Engineering, has led his multimillion-dollar business based on a quote from 18th-century theologian and social reformer John... Continue Reading
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec. 12, 2013 – Cascade Engineering (CE) today announced the promotion of Kenyatta Brame to Executive Vice President. Most recently, Brame served as CE’s Group Services Senior Vice President and Chief Administration Officer (CAO).
In his new position, Brame will remain CAO and continue overseeing the Services group, which includes legal/risk management, human resources, marketing, IT, and several other key departments. His additional responsibilities include managing the following business units: IWS, Decade,... Continue Reading
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 15, 2013 -- Cascade Engineering today announced the promotion of Christina Keller to President of CK Technologies (CKT), a key Cascade business unit specialized in innovative technologies for the commercial truck and bus industry. In her new role, Keller will lead business strategy and operations at CKT’s four facilities in Mount Airy, N.C., Montpelier, Ohio, and Brownsville and Fort Worth, Texas, which together comprise more than 500 employees. Keller will report to Cascade Engineering President Mark Miller.
Most recently, Keller led... Continue Reading
Milton Friedman's business doctrine 'too narrow' for evolving world, says Cascade Engineering CEO
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Milton Friedman’s doctrine of maximizing profit for shareholders is “too narrow” for the future of business in the world, and institutions tend to try and preserve the problem for which they are the solution, said Fred Keller, CEO of Cascade Engineering.
“Consider the... Continue Reading
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 13, 2013 -- Cascade Engineering today announced the promotion of Mark Miller to President of the Cascade Engineering (CE) Family of Companies. Miller will focus on CE’s manufacturing-based business units including CK Technologies, Automotive Americas and Europe, Cascade Cart Solutions, CapturIt, Commercial Products and Noble Polymers, and will be responsible for leading the manufacturing, engineering and finance teams. Miller will continue to report directly to company founder, Chair and CEO Fred Keller.
Miller most recently was the... Continue Reading
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Cascade Engineering has been awarded the highest level designation for its anti-racism efforts by the Partners for a Racism-Free Community, a local organization focused on promoting racial harmony and a community defined by compassion and justice.
Partners for a Racism-Free Community has certified 10 corporate and nonprofit members thus far. Cascade Engineering is the first member to achieve the highest ranking of “credential partner,” company officials said this week.
“Cascade... Continue Reading