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The Michigan governor’s race pits two very different candidates against each other.

Two lumber and building material buy cooperatives – Grand Rapids-based Progressive Affiliated Lumbermen Cooperative Inc. (PAL) and ENAP Inc. of New Windsor, N.Y. – have signed a non-binding letter of intent to merge the two organizations, according to a joint statement.

Proposed legislation to tax tobacco-free electronic cigarettes and vapor liquids the same as traditional smoking products has Michigan’s growing vaping industry fighting back. Owner Dan Lawitzke (right) of Mister-E-Liquid in Grand Rapids says the new tax could force him to close his doors just as his company and the industry is starting to gain steam.

An 11-percent dip in sales for the Sperry Top-Sider brand and a “tepid” U.S. retail market contributed to a down quarter for Rockford-based footwear and apparel marketer Wolverine World Wide Inc.

Development of the Port of Muskegon was voted as the top priority going into 2015 for the West Michigan Prosperity Alliance at its monthly public meeting for October.

Fed report: Expect more community bank M&A

Written by | Sunday, 12 October 2014 22:00 |

National survey results suggest that mergers and acquisitions involving community banks could pick up in the next year or more as institutions cope with growth pressures, high regulatory compliance costs and even “management fatigue.”

Federal regulators hit Lighthouse Title Inc. with a $200,000 fine for what the company’s president says has been a common industry practice that’s now at a “watershed moment.”

Buying a family-owned business requires much more than settling on the right price, mergers and acquisitions professionals say.

When Workhorse Irons LLC formed in 2003, it had little indication that exports would become an integral segment of its business.

A new Medicare health plan for senior citizens in Kalamazoo and seven other counties builds on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s push for localized products formed with care providers in specific markets.

Growing customer demand amid capacity constraints had one thermoformed plastics manufacturer of kayaks, canoes and other consumer products paddling upstream this year.

We are hearing again about mergers between massive automotive suppliers, but in West Michigan there is ample evidence that smaller companies can also be highly successful on the international playing field with the right combination of focus and vision.

Despite a growing economy spurred along by a strengthening manufacturing sector, experts predict a relatively bearish metals market to close out the year.

As manufacturing activity increases in West Michigan, many companies are finding their warehouses stocked with ready-to-ship inventory.

McLaren Health Care Inc.’s move to secure legislative approval to build a new $300 million hospital north of Detroit has once again generated support across the state for Michigan’s certificate-of-need regulations.

A resurgence among West Michigan manufacturers, particularly for automotive suppliers, has Class A industrial space at a premium — if not scarce — in the region.

Ahead of its current season, the West Michigan Symphony decided to try something new.

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