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Switch Communications Group LLC has selected Lansing-based The Christman Co. to serve as the general contractor for the company’s data center project at the former Steelcase pyramid building, MiBiz has learned.

West Michigan's M&A outlook for 2016

Written by | Sunday, 24 January 2016 22:55 |

2015 was a record year for mergers and acquisitions. While experts predict 2016 will be another strong year for M&A activity, they also note subtle shifts in the business and economic landscape that could mark the beginning of the end for the current M&A boom.

A Northern Michigan craft brewer has decided to expand the distribution footprint of its products to out-of-state markets for the first time.

The West Grand neighborhood in Grand Rapids soon will offer residents and visitors the ultimate trifecta when it comes to craft alcoholic beverages.

Chairman and CEO Mike Price told investors that the Grand Rapids-based Mercantile Bank (Nasdaq: MBWM) remains open to M&A, and even a transaction similar to the $151.5 million “merger of equals” it completed in July 2014 with the former Firstbank Corp.

Baroda-based Oronoko Iron Works Inc. hasn’t even turned two years old yet, but the company already has plans to at least double the size of its plant later this year. The reason: Strong growth in the nation’s $19.6 billion craft brewing industry has boosted demand for its material handling products, wh

After running as lean as possible in the years following the recession, West Michigan manufacturers are embracing acquisitions as a strategy to add capacity and meet customer demand. That was the case for Grand Rapids-based Mill Steel Co. when it acquired certain assets of S&S Steel Services Inc. of Anderson, Ind.

As automotive production and the industry’s supply chain grows in Mexico, one mid-Michigan manufacturer of custom casters and wheels decided to engage in a foreign market for the first time in the company’s history.

Armed with a new analysis that shows wide disparities in the costs of treatments in urban and rural areas in West Michigan, insurers now have an opportunity to examine the causes of those variances.

This year’s edition of the Health Check report by Grand Valley State University affirms many of the trends that have been occurring in the health care industry indeed are happening in West Michigan.

Business advocates in Michigan are applauding the Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder over changes made late last year to the state’s abandoned and unclaimed property process.

The $62 million investment in an Ann Arbor drug developer, the largest-ever venture capital investment in Michigan, has the potential to drive momentum in the state’s investment capital industry going forward.

Thell Woods finally is pushing ahead with a series of crowdfunding platforms across Michigan that small business owners can use to raise startup capital from local investors.

Two months after fending off a hostile takeover bid, Perrigo Co. plc raised its earnings expectations for 2016, a byproduct of projected growth and a cost-cutting plan the company launched last fall.

Our LGBT Fund hit a milestone to close out 2015 when it announced its first grant of $20,000 to a collaborative program involving Arbor Circle and the Lesbian Gay Community Network of West Michigan (The Network).

If you want to sell your business this year, you still have a pretty good chance of cutting a favorable deal as the seller’s market continues.

Mike Damstra’s chance to fill a gap in his company’s service footprint along the lakeshore arose last year when North Ottawa Community Health System came knocking.

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