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The craft beverage industry in West Michigan is looking quite frothy these days.

WEST MICHIGAN — Legislation awaiting Gov. Rick Snyder’s approval could triple the number of communities that use a special type of tax-increment financing to attract high-tech development and innovation.

Since taking over as president of Kalamazoo-based Zeigler Auto Group in 2002, Aaron Zeigler has grown the company’s network of automotive dealerships to encompass 20 locations spanning West Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and New York. Sales for the dealer group grew from $650 million in 2013 to $850 million last year, and the company is on pace to exceed $1 billion by the end of 2015, driven largely by acquisitions and new franchises, Zeigler said. In recognition of that growth, Ernst & Young Global Ltd. named Zeigler as one of its 2015 Entrepreneurs of the Year for Michigan and Northwest Ohio. Zeigler spoke with MiBiz about his outlook as M&A activity continues to heat up in the industry.

GRAND RAPIDS — While Michigan State University’s future $88.1 million biomedical research facility is expected to have an impact on the region’s scientific research community, the project also demonstrates the strength of the real estate market in Grand Rapids.

Amid a period of intense volatility in the consolidating global drug industry, one Grand Rapids-based manufacturer of sterile injectable products has capitalized on the pharmaceutical sector’s push to outsource production to control costs.

West Michigan manufacturers need to identify new ways of processing hard-to-recycle materials so they can avoid sending the waste to a landfill.

HUDSONVILLE — Backed by a $15 million capital infusion from its owners and a newly expanded commercial lending team, West Michigan Community Bank aims to further grow market share after doubling in size in four years.

Credit unions would have greater flexibility in how they structure business loans if a proposed change in federal regulations takes effect as written.

GRAND RAPIDS — A key change in managerial structure could position Gerald R. Ford International Airport for future growth and stronger regional representation.

GRAND RAPIDS — Michigan State University will seek to raise about $30 million to help pay for the $88.1 million biomedical research center that will add to the growing research cluster in Grand Rapids.

Nonprofits throughout the state of Michigan are losing out on the benefits that can come from having people on their boards of directors who are experienced in public relations.

The Muskegon-based manufacturer of aluminum and zinc die castings, mechanical assemblies and injected molded plastics announced yesterday its merger with Fayetteville, Ark.-based Pace Industries.

Bayer CropScience Inc. will make “significant” upgrades to production capacity with new machinery and equipment to produce its Liberty brand of herbicide, said Steve Smythe, plant manager at Bayer’s Muskegon facility.

The Center for Clinical Research combines leadership, expertise, resources and staff from the medical school, Borgess Research Institute and Bronson Research to support clinical research at Borgess Medical Center and Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.

The property that houses downtown Grand Rapids strip club Lady Godiva’s Inc. has been acquired and the neon lights have now been turned off. The adult club located at 234 Market Street SW closed today as a sale of the property to East Lansing-based Maplegrove Property Management LLC was finalized.

Grand Rapids-based Orion Construction Inc. has announced completed construction on two mixed-use buildings in the eclectic southeast Grand Rapids neighborhood of Eastown. The $5.6 million development — named Eastown Flats — consists of 35 one- and two-bedroom apartments and 2,140 square feet of ground floor retail.

Amid calls from Republican lawmakers to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law, a new report says doing so would have a detrimental effect on the state’s economy.

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