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Thank you to Miller Johnson for hosting the WMWTA Annual World Traders of the Year Award Event on May 1! Join us for more events this Summer!

Upcoming events

    • 09/19/2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Gerald R. Ford International Airport: 5500 44th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
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    Join West Michigan World Trade Association

    Fall 2019 season with a tour:

    Gerald R. Ford International Airport


    Date: Thursday September 19, 2019

    Time: 7:30am-9:30am

    Location: 5500 44th St. SE

    Grand Rapids, Mi. 49512


    This event will provide an opportunity for participants to:
    *engage in the import/export community at large 
    *tour an extensive Grand Rapids facility which is actively participating in the import/export and distribution cycle
    *view industry best practices at work 
    *network with industry peers

    COST: $30 Single Event Ticket- WMWTA Member

    $40 Singe Event Ticket- NON WMWTA Member

    Student Scholarships are available upon request. Email: manager@wmwta.org.

    Please fill out the registration form completely, so that you may pass through to secure areas and not be left behind. A few additional security measures have been requested to allow our group to tour the consolidated checkpoint and marketplace.

    Agenda:

    7:30-8:00 AM Registration, Coffee, Snacks and Networking

    8:00-9:00 AM Introduction by WMWTA Board Representative and Tour of Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Includes: Private behind the scenes bus tour of the airport tarmac and discussion regarding the future of international air traffic.

    9:00-9:30 AM Questions and Wrap up 



    About Gerald R. Ford International Airport
    "The second phase of the Gateway Transformation Project has begun and will continue through Spring of 2020. The main features will include: relocating TSA screening equipment from the airline queuing areas, upgrading and updating the spacing of the baggage claim carousels, and adding food, beverage, and restrooms to the space near baggage claim. Improvements include:

    • New Airline ticket counters
    • New Baggage service offices
    • New terrazzo flooring
    • New LED lighting fixtures
    • Upgraded signage
    • and more...

    The Aircraft Apron Reconstruction, a $30.2 million construction project (of seven phases) is nearing completion which include:

    • Removal of the existing failing concrete pavement
    • Replacement with 153,000 square yards of new concrete for future airport development and aircraft loading
    • Upgrades to the airports deicing material recovery systems
    • Upgrades to the storm-water drainage system and underground utilities to accommodate for future airport development
    • Reducing energy usage by installation of all new LED apron lighting"
    Serving a 31 major market destinations with 140 daily non-stop flights, you won't want to miss this opportunity to get a behind the scenes tour of one of the driving forces behind the import/export industry of West Michigan.

    Not a member? Click here to join!

    • 10/17/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Switch Pyramid: 6700 East Paris Ave SE Caledonia, MI 49316
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    West Michigan World Trade Association: Switch PYRAMID Tour

    Thursday, October 17  |  9:00 am – 11:00 am

    Please consider inviting your IT Security or Cyber Security counterpart to this event.

    *Each attendee will need to bring a government issued photo ID
    *Each attendee will need to read and sign a Tour Access Agreement

    If they would like to sign ahead and save time at check in, you are welcome to go to: https://www.switch.com/tour-access

    Agenda
    9:00 am -9:30 am
    – Registration, networking, coffee and continental breakfast
    9:30 am - 11:00 am - Presentation by Switch and tour of the facility
    11:00 am - Tour concludes

    Switch GRAND RAPIDS
    6700 East Paris Ave SE
    Caledonia, MI 49316

    This event will provide an opportunity for participants to:

    • Engage in the import/export/data management community at large 
    • Tour an extensive Switch GRAND RAPIDS facility
    • View industry best practices at work 
    • Network with industry peers

    COST: 

    • $30 Single Event Ticket - WMWTA Member 
    • $40 Singe Event Ticket - NON WMWTA Member

    Student Scholarships are available upon request - manager@wmwta.org.  

    Not a member? Click here to join!

    • 11/14/2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • BluJay Solutions: 915 E. 32nd St, Holland, MI 49423
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    Join West Michigan World Trade Association for the final 2019 Fall tour:


    BluJay Solutions
    Date: November 14, 2019
    Time: 7:30am-9:30am
    Location: 
    915 E. 32nd St
    Holland, MI 49423


    This event will provide an opportunity for participants to:
    *engage in the import/export community at large 
    *tour an extensive Grand Rapids facility which is actively participating in the logistics and distribution cycle
    *view industry best practices at work 
    *network with industry peers

    COST: $30 Single Event Ticket- WMWTA Member 
    $40 Singe Event Ticket- NON WMWTA Member
    Student Scholarships are available upon request. Email: manager@wmwta.org

    Agenda: 
    7:30-8:00 AM Registration, Coffee, Snacks and Networking
    8:00-8:45 AM Introduction by WMWTA Board Representative and Tour of BluJay Solutions 
    8:45-9:00 AM Questions and Wrap up


    About BluJay Solutions
    "BluJay empowers you to optimize your company’s future in the global economy. Does that mean we help make you a superhero? Yes, pretty much. Picture yourself gliding out across the blue sky, an army of 40,000 carriers and supply chain partners as your rocket boosters. You join forces with 7,500 other heroes (yes, our customers) in more than 100 countries. The mission is to forge the modern Global Trade Network of the future and save the world from traditional supply chain logistics. This is what we do. Together. Our solutions are essential to helping you improve efficiencies, minimize risk, and capitalize on opportunities for profitable growth.

    When you partner with BluJay, you gain the advantage of the largest Global Trade Network, a cloud-powered portfolio of application services, hands-free customs, real-time data analytics, and the visibility and velocity to adapt quickly. Our proven, advanced technologies scale with your business. Equally important, our customer-centric team has the transportation expertise and passionate commitment to help you soar."

    Click on the image below to play a short video regarding the services BluJay Solutions offers!


    Not a member? Click here to join!

    • 12/18/2019
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Vander Mill Cider:505 Ball Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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    WMWTA Holiday Social
    Thursday, December 19, 2019

    505 Ball Ave NE 
    Grand Rapids, MI. 49503

    Time: 5:00 - 6:30 pm
    Cost: Free
    All drinks and food to be purchased by individuals. Consumption is at the individual's discretion. 

    Calling all West Michigan World Trade Association members and guests...
    Join the WMWTA for a FREE Holiday Social to celebrate the close of 2019 (another successful year for our 59 year organization)!

    Vander Mill Cider started out as a small-town cider mill where people could feel at home. The Vander Mill hard cider brand quickly gained a strong customer base and the production facility needed to expand in 2012. Greater regional distribution demanded further growth, and a new production facility and tap room was opened in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2016. Today, Vander Mill distributes to Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Minnesota.

West Michigan World Trade Association is a 501(c)6  non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining the region's competitive edge in the global marketplace, while providing a forum for executives interested in sharing their experiences and honing their skills in international trade.

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