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To accommodate substantial growth in its welding equipment line, RoMan Manufacturing Inc. recently completed an expansion and internal remodeling project.

Burdened by a six-year slide in sales, Family Christian Stores filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a West Michigan court late Wednesday, assuring customers and employees that it does not expect to close any stores or lay off any of its 4,000 employees.

Former Michigan State Representative Joe Haveman has been appointed the director of government relations for nonprofit agency The Hope Network, according to a statement.

Haworth sales up 27 percent to $1.8B in 2014

Written by | Wednesday, 11 February 2015 16:21 |

Holland-based Haworth Inc. today said annual sales for 2014 reached $1.8 billion, up more than 27 percent from the $1.41 billion a year ago.

The Michigan State University Black Alumni Association (MSUBA) is expanding with the creation of a greater Grand Rapids chapter.

Bronson Methodist Hospital and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan have agreed to a terms of a new five-year agreement that will preserve access for BCBS members at the Kalamazoo-based health care organization.  

MFP Automation Engineering announces new home

Written by | Monday, 09 February 2015 15:19 |

The fluid power distributor has purchased the cantilevered building at 4404 Central Parkway in Hudsonville that had been the headquarters for now-bankrupt Lamar Construction Company, according to a statement. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Start Garden LLC, the Grand Rapids-based $15 million venture capital firm started three years ago to seed startup companies, now wants expand its offerings to provide early growth capital to the companies it backs.

The newly created Michigan Design Council continues to recruit board members from key industrial design companies across the state, including bringing in more representatives from West Michigan-based firms.

Brooklyn, N.Y.-based West Elm, a home decor and furniture retailer and a part of the Williams-Sonoma Inc. brand, has announced it planned to opan a store in Grand Rapids’ Breton Village shopping center, according to a release.

New 12-story spec office tower proposed for GR

Written by | Thursday, 05 February 2015 12:29 |

If all goes as planned, developers hope to build the first speculative Class A office building in years in downtown Grand Rapids.

Carson Health in Montcalm County has been acquired by Sparrow Health of Lansing, according to a statement.

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has awarded the Grand Rapids Public Museum a $27,500 grant to fund museum exhibitions and community programming, according to a statement.

Calvin College professor receives research grant

Written by | Thursday, 05 February 2015 11:31 |

Brendan Looyenga, biochemistry professor at Calvin College, secured a $295,939 grant from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health.

Amway sales fell by $1B in 2014

Written by | Wednesday, 04 February 2015 09:41 |

Amway Corp. sales fell by $1 billion in 2014 compared to the previous year.

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