Lindsey Smith

2:36pm

Mon October 14, 2013
The Salt

This Isn't Your Granny Smith's Harvesting Technology

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 6:12 pm

Ripe Gala apples are ready for picking at an orchard in South Haven, Mich.
spablab Flickr.com

In West Michigan, it's apple harvest time. That may conjure up images of picturesque orchards and old-fashioned fun: growers harvesting apples and then selecting them by hand.

Think again.

Robotic arms, computer vision and high-resolution photography are helping Michigan growers wash, sort and package apples at top speeds in the business — think 2,000 apples per minute.

With this modern technology, farmers are expanding production and getting Galas and Ginger Golds from Michigan orchards to grocery stores faster and more cheaply.

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6:05am

Wed May 16, 2012
Business

Certain Ford Retirees Face Major Pension Decision

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 9:05 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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3:50pm

Sun April 22, 2012
Around the Nation

A Return To 'Safety First' For Michigan Nuclear Plant

Originally published on Sun April 22, 2012 10:23 pm

It's been quiet at the Palisades nuclear power plant after five unexpected shutdowns in 2011.
Mark Savage Entergy

The Palisades nuclear power plant in Michigan had five unplanned shutdowns last year. It's one of the area's biggest employers, and its safety record is one of the worst in the country. Now it's trying to prove to federal regulators that it can meet their standards.

On the shores of Lake Michigan, the Palisades Power Plant is tucked in between tall sand dunes in Covert Township, Mich., at the southern edge of Van Buren State Park.

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4:00am

Mon March 26, 2012
NPR Story

Michigan Furniture Maker Celebrates 100 Years

Originally published on Mon March 26, 2012 6:45 am

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DAVID GREEENE, HOST:

Steelcase, the world's largest office furniture maker, is celebrating 100 years in business. But sales of the metal filing cabinets Steelcase is named for are declining - same with cubicles and other large pieces of office furniture.

LINDSEY SMITH, BYLINE: So, as Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith reports, Steelcase says it's changing its identity.

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4:28pm

Sat November 5, 2011
Around the Nation

Unlikely Advocates Fight For Gay Rights In Mich. City

Originally published on Sat November 5, 2011 10:33 pm

The Rev. Bill Freeman reads from a copy of the U.S. Constitution during a public hearing before the Holland City Council in June. Despite appeals from Freeman and others, the council decided not to expand its anti-discrimination laws to include gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Lindsey Smith

Last June, the city council in Holland, Mich., voted against adding sexual orientation and gender identity to its local anti-discrimination laws. Now an unlikely coalition is pressuring the city council to change that vote.

On Wednesday nights, Pastor Bill Freeman turns the podium of the city council meeting into a pulpit. He wants Holland to adopt local laws that would protect people from getting fired or kicked out of their homes because they are gay, bisexual or transgender.

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4:00am

Mon August 22, 2011
Business

Mich. Manufacture Expects To Hire 1,000 Workers

Manufacturers are still cautious when it comes to hiring. But one Michigan company is going on a hiring spree. Gentex Corporation mostly makes car mirrors. Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith reports that business is booming.

4:00am

Thu July 28, 2011
Around the Nation

A Year Later, Michigan Oil Spill Cleanup Continues

One year after an oil spill, workers are still cleaning up the bottom of the Kalamazoo River in southern Michigan. An estimated 840,000 gallons leaked from a broken pipeline owned by Enbridge Energy. Life for those living near the accident site in Michigan has not returned to normal yet, and it probably won't for some time.

12:01am

Wed June 1, 2011
Business

Yacht Maker Now Navigating Wind Power Industry

Engineers and workers at Tiara Yachts have found similarities between building boats and making wind turbines like this one.
Pedro Armestre AFP/Getty Images

The recession forced many small manufacturers to adapt to survive, especially in the industrial Midwest. In Michigan, a yacht-building company started a new venture in the wind-energy industry to keep its factory open.

In 2005 and 2006, Tiara Yachts was operating at full capacity, turning out about 400 yachts per year, with most of them going for around $1 million each. To keep up with demand, the company nearly doubled its manufacturing space in Holland, Mich.

A Fateful Decision To Expand

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