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As ArtPrize visitors begin streaming into downtown Grand Rapids for the competition’s seventh year, the city’s tourism-based businesses already have plenty of good news to celebrate.

Spectrum Health plans to move up to 500 employees to 25 Ottawa Ave SW., a six-story office building that’s being renovated in downtown Grand Rapids’ Arena South neighborhood, MiBiz has learned.

When it comes to attracting and retaining the most qualified talent at his Grand Rapids-based tech firm, Atomic Object LLC CEO Carl Erickson wants to keep the company’s options as open as possible.

When Edgewater Resources LLC in St. Joseph sought to turn a former Whirlpool Corp. factory in Benton Harbor into a waterfront resort and championship golf course, it turned to an unusual source of funding, at least for a Michigan developer.

Business groups in Lansing and West Michigan have a full legislative agenda this fall, with at least five topics they hope lawmakers will take action on and two ballot initiatives they hope Michigan voters will reject. While road funding and contentious ballot initiatives may be grabbing the most headlines, business groups also remain focused on fundamental issues involving third-grade reading and even how state agencies deal with unclaimed property.

As it tries to fend off a hostile takeover bid by Mylan N.V., Perrigo Co. plc intends to push ahead with a growth strategy based on new product development and acquisitions.

West Michigan automotive suppliers have started to adapt as parts of the North American supply chain move to new southern geographies.

While the Grand Rapids-based manufacturer of automation equipment has worked with automotive customers in the past, its new “multi-million” dollar project with Dicastal North America Inc. marks a significant step away from the company’s traditional customers in warehouse distribution and cold storage, said CEO Tom Tobin.

West Michigan engineering and design firms have embraced the mentality that “it takes a village” when it comes to innovating and producing new products.

Companies who get their products produced in Michigan only use a portion of the state’s highly skilled advanced manufacturing resources.

Motorists who spend much time in Ottawa County have long hoped for a north-south alternative to the busy U.S. 31 corridor that passes through the resort town of Grand Haven.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp., the quasi-governmental agency tasked with supporting business attraction and retention efforts in the state, needed to reorganize with layoffs in the wake of a sizeable budget shortfall.

The medical campus that Spectrum Health and Holland Hospital plan to develop in the Grand Haven area marks the first significant project since the two organizations signed a collaboration agreement more than a year and a half ago.

The merger of local nonprofits Camp Fire West Michigan and Kent Regional 4C provides a strategic opportunity for both organizations, one not necessarily driven by finances.

The newest venture capital fund based in West Michigan will seek to partner with other investors in the state to tap their expertise and additional pools of money.

As automotive suppliers look to meet production figures that are projected to grow through 2020, Charles "Chip" McClure sees more opportunity for M&A among companies in West Michigan. McClure, a veteran of the auto industry, recently presented at the Association for Corporate Growth Western Michigan chapter’s breakfast program meeting on Sept. 23.

M&A activity remains elevated heading into year end

Written by | Sunday, 27 September 2015 22:13 |

M&A activity remains strong heading toward the last quarter of 2015, sustaining a seller’s market as financial and strategic buyers compete for good deals.

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