Originally Posted by animatedmartian
I think a major difference between those cities and GR is that the downtown area in those other cities usually have large office buildings. All the tallest buildings in GR are basically residential or hotels.
GR's economy doesn't seem to have companies of size and structure needed for tall office buildings. However, given GR's current pace of economic growth, that could change pretty soon.
You may be right, but I just have a really hard time believing that. West Michigan alone has:
Gordon Food Service - Largest food service distributor in the US
Bissell Inc. - Largest manufacturer of floor care products in North America
Wolverine (and brands) - 5th largest shoe manufacturer in the US, 8th largest shoe manufacturer in the world
Meijer - 8th largest grocery in terms of sales, 26th largest retailer in the US overall (2014).
Steelcase & Herman Miller - Two of the world's largest office furniture manufacturers.
Kellogg's - 12th largest food or beverage manufacturer in the US
Alticor - 26th largest private company in the US
There are probably a lot more than I'm missing. Maybe they are the "wrong" industries.