Great Lakes Region

The Western Michigan Chapter of ARMA International is part of ARMA’s Great Lakes Region. There are currently 17 chapters that comprise the Great Lakes Region throughout the six states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

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Western Michigan Area

In general, “West Michigan” often refers to the area bounded by the cities of Muskegon (in the north), Grand Rapids (in the northeast), Kalamazoo-Battle Creek (in the southeast) and St.Joseph-Benton Harbor (in the southwest). However, definitions of the boundaries of the region vary widely; in some contexts, the term “West Michigan” is applied only to the counties of Allegan, Kent, Muskegon, and Ottawa, which together compose the Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland SMSA. Other definitions include the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek and Benton Harbor-St. Joseph regions, which can be considered distinct regions or parts of other regions such as Michiana, Southern Michigan, or Southwest Michigan, in the case of Benton Harbor-St. Joseph.

The northern boundary of the region is also poorly defined; the population density, land use, economic and cultural character, and physical geography most often associated with West Michigan fades in northern Muskegon and Kent Counties, however areas as far north as Ludington and White Cloud may be included because of their close economic ties to the cities to the south. Other areas, such as Montcalm County in the northeast corner of the region, are transitional areas that straddle Michigan regions but are included for classification purposes. In the case of Montcalm County, the area around Greenville in the county’s southwest corner is closely tied economically with Grand Rapids, while the area around Vestaburg and Edmore in the northeastern corner of county are more closely associated with the cities of Mount Pleasant and Alma, which are included in almost any definition of Central Michigan. (information from Wikipedia)

Companies Represented in Western Michigan

Abraxas Worldwide
Ambrose Rehabilitation Consultation
Aquinas College/Davenport University
AZO Research, LLC
Bulldog Records Management
City of Kalamazoo
Emergent BioSolutions

Ferris State University
Fetzer Institute
Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber

Grand Rapids Dominicans
Holland Board of Public Works
Iron Mountain
Kellogg Company
Kent Record Management, Inc.
Koernke & Crampton, PC
MPI Research
Miller Johnson

Pfizer Animal Health
Rapid Shred
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge

Team Support Services, LLC
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP
Western Michigan University
Whirlpool Corporation
Wolverine Power Supply Cooperation
Wolverine World Wide, Inc.

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