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MiBiz Growth Report: Aug. 17, 2015

Written by | Sunday, 16 August 2015 11:41 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Aug. 17, 2015.

WMU Trustees approve Autism Center expansion

Written by | Friday, 14 August 2015 14:02 |

The Board of Trustees at Western Michigan University this morning approved the purchase of the former Borgess Health Alliance pediatric clinic with the intention of converting it into the new facility for the Kalamazoo Autism Center.

A West Michigan developer plans to bring to market a host of new residential options for a lakeshore community that’s short on inventory for downtown housing.

To satisfy talent demands from area manufacturers, Battle Creek-based Kellogg Community College announced plans for a $2.75 million expansion to its Regional Manufacturing Technology Center (RMTC).

The latest case in a string of trademark disputes involving West Michigan craft beverage producers didn’t come from a company in the industry, but rather from a pop music group. The band, which bills itself as an “entertainment phenomenon,” alleges that Muskegon-based Pigeon Hill Brewing Co.’s LMFAO Stout infringes on its trademarked name, according to a cease-and-desist letter sent on Aug. 11.

Meijer continues Wisconsin expansion

Written by | Wednesday, 12 August 2015 16:54 |

Walker-based superstore retailer Meijer Inc. continues on its Wisconsin expansion. According to a report in the Appleton Post-Crescent, the chain plans a store in the city of Grand Chute, which is southwest of Green Bay.

Agility Health narrows losses in second quarter

Written by | Wednesday, 12 August 2015 13:46 |

Agility Health recorded a net loss of $252,610 on revenues of $15.78 million for the period, versus a net loss of $413,849 on $15.80 million in revenues during the second quarter of 2014.

Walgren Company acquired by Indiana manufacturer

Written by | Wednesday, 12 August 2015 13:08 |

Grand Rapids-based Walgren Co., a manufacturer of anodizing and plating systems, was acquired last month by Price-Koch Industries, a division of Evansville, Ind.-based George Koch Sons.

Holland-based nonprofit Kandu Inc. announced late Tuesday afternoon that it plans to wind down its operations. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit that offers employment opportunities to individuals that experience barriers to receiving jobs has been in operation for 62 years.

Microbrush develops and manufacturers consumable products used in dental restoration procedures. The company operates as a subsidiary of Illinois-based Young Innovations Inc., a portfolio company of Chicago-based private equity firm Linden Capital Partners, which focuses on middle-market companies in the health care and life sciences industries.

Low-cost carrier Allegiant Airlines today announced that it would begin offering nonstop flights from Gerald Ford International Airport to Punta Gorda, Fla. for as low as $49 one-way. Flights begin Nov. 4, according to a statement.

Livonia-based IT training company N.H. Learning Solutions Corp. announced last week its acquisition of Boston, Mass.-based CompuWorks Systems Inc., which is another training company. N.H. Learning Solutions will acquire all assets, including eight full-time employees and 15 part-time employees. The new employees will work out of offices in either downtown Detroit or Long Island, N.Y., according to a statement. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

United Air service returns to Kalamazoo

Written by | Monday, 10 August 2015 15:08 |

After a nearly six-year absence, daily air service from United Airlines to Chicago from the Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport (AZO) will resume on Dec. 9, according to a statement.

The company will go before the Grand Rapids Planning Commission on Thursday, Aug. 13 with a special land use request to add 1,200 square feet to double its production space at 537 Leonard St. NW, as well as expand its kitchen.

Grand Rapids-based arts and crafts distributor Notions Marketing Corporation plans to hire 550 people at its Grand Rapids headquarters, according to a statement. The positions will consist of 100 full-time jobs, 50 part-time and 400 seasonal jobs.

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