DeVos Startup Explores Waste-To-Energy

A new company launched in March in the Southwest Michigan community of Portage, MI, promises to take waste heat from factories and turn them into electricity. Pro Renewables was created by Windquest Group, a Grand Rapids, MI-based investment firm, and Pro Services, a Portage-based mechanical contractor. Windquest Group is owned by former Michigan gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos. The company’s heat recovery systems, dubbed “Green Machines,” will be marketed to chemical, food-processing, paper, and pharmaceutical companies. Pro Renewables says it expects to hire between 15 and 20 workers in the next six months.

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