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George Zimmermann steps down this week as head of Travel Michigan, ending more than 12 years as the chief promoter for the state’s $15 billion tourism industry that’s identified with the “Pure Michigan” branding and promotional campaign.

Baker Publishing to acquire Regal Books

Written by | Friday, 18 April 2014 09:33 |

Ada-based Baker Publishing Group has signed a letter of intent to purchased the publishing assets of Regal Books from Gospel Light of Ventura, Calif., according to a statement.

New research shows that West Michigan companies have eschewed one key tool in their arsenal of talent attraction resources.

Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bancorp (Nasdaq: FITB) yesterday elected former Steelcase Inc. CEO James Hackett as its non-executive chairman.

Spencer Johnson retires in June 2015 after 30 years as president of the MHA and a 40-year career in health care policy and advocacy. Brian Peters, the association’s executive vice president, will succeed Johnson.

 Chemical Bank looks to bolster its presence in West Michigan with its first downtown Grand Rapids branch.

Traverse City-based Britten Studios, Inc. has acquired Grand Rapids sign and display printer, JAROB Inc. All 60 JAROB employees in Grand Rapids will now become part of Britten Design.

Dr. David Rosen has resigned as president of Kendall College of Art and Design effective 5 p.m. today.

Beginning this month, a surplus liquidation of equipment will be held for the assets of the Benteler Automotive Corporation plant in Grand Rapids that closed in June. St. Louis, MO. asset management company Stewart B. Milner & Associates will be conducting the online surplus auction of forklifts, cranes and presses.

Grand Rapids-based drug discovery firm Tetra Discovery Partners LLC will partner with the Broad Institute's Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research in Cambridge, Mass., the firms announced today.

Walker manufacturer Tubelite Inc. has increased capacity at its facility in Reed City, according to a release. The company, which makes storefront, curtainwall, entrance and daylighting systems, has a 245,000 square foot facility in the town north of Grand Rapids.

Michigan State University today released a request for qualifications to developers for the new biomedical research facility it’s planning at the former Grand Rapids Press site and neighboring properties.

Newhall Klein, Inc., a Kalamazoo marketing agency, has won the 2014 Best Food Industry Mobile Application award by the Internet Advertising Competition, dedicated to online advertising.

Grand Rapids-based Universal Forest Products, Inc. (Nasdq: UFPI) has finalized a deal to purchase a 50 percent ownership stake in East Texas-based sawmill operator Upshur Forest Products, LLC.

Gordon Food Service acquires Texas company

Written by | Wednesday, 02 April 2014 12:06 |

A West Michigan food distributor is planning to enter the Texas market with the acquisition of a Houston-based firm.

GR dealer group acquires Davison store

Written by | Wednesday, 02 April 2014 09:22 |

Todd Wenzel Automotive has acquired Jim Waldron Buick GMC of Davison, the company said in a statement.

A subsidiary of Zeeland Farm Services, Inc. (ZFS) has some new land to work on. ZFS Ithaca LLC whose ownership is connected to the Zeeland-based agribusiness and transportation company has purchased a 435 acre parcel in Ithaca, located in the middle of the state.

Holland-based Starbuck Machining Inc. was one of a dozen Michigan companies selected by the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) to receive the Best Small Business Award.

An international call center company plans to bolster its footprint in the West Michigan market with a new expansion.

Steelcase Inc. this afternoon reported sales of $2.98 billion for the 2014 fiscal year, a 4.2 percent increase over the prior year. Sales for the fourth quarter of FY 2014 that ended Feb. 28 increased by 8 percent to $779.4 million.

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