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Herman Miller orders up 21 percent last quarter

Written by | Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:45 |

Herman Miller Inc. reported solid sales and earnings growth for its most recent quarter.

Landscape Forms, Inc., a Kalamazoo-based manufacturer of outdoor furniture has introduced STRATA, a new line of benches and tables. The line is the first product by the company to use the proprietary Meldstone Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC). 

Grand Rapids-based Universal Forest Products Inc. announced today that a subsidiary would acquire certain assets of Container Systems Inc. of Franklinton, N.C., according to a statement.

A Grand Rapids group is hoping the Green Bay Packers’ business model will work for a different kind of football team: semi-professional soccer.

The industrial economy in the greater Grand Rapids area continues to experience slow growth. That is according to the results of a monthly survey conducted and compiled by economist Brian Long, the director of supply chain management research at the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.

Lakeland Specialty Hospital to close

Written by | Wednesday, 12 March 2014 11:30 |

Lakeland Health Care plans to close an aging nursing home and long-term care center in Berrien Center.

TiJu Ventures, LLC is proposing to open a SaladWorks franchise in the vacant storefront at 40 Ionia Avenue SW.

The Pure Michigan travel campaign generated 4 million trips to the state in 2013 by out-of-state visitors, according to an annual research report.

WMU med school to be named for Homer Stryker

Written by | Tuesday, 11 March 2014 13:36 |

Western Michigan University announced today that its School of Medicine will be named in honor of Homer Stryker, the founder of Stryker Corp. in Kalamazoo.

The Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors is offering a total of $2,500 in grants for its Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper Placemaking Challenge. The grants will be awarded to community and neighborhood organizations that wish to create small, inexpensive projects that promote and improve ideas around live, work, play activities.

Chemical Financial Corp. plans to buy Northwestern Bancorp Inc. in Traverse City in a $120 million cash deal and will continue to seek out other acquisitions.

Michigan State University researchers forecast a strong year for the state’s tourism industry. They predict tourism spending, as measured by hotel and motel tax receipts, to grow 4.5 percent in 2014 over 2013, when spending increased 4 percent from the prior year.

A jury last week found that workers at a former Sara Lee Corp. plant in Zeeland are owed wages for time they spent putting on and taking off protective work clothes during each shift.

Lake Michigan Credit Union extends its footprint across the state with the opening of new offices, including the first locations in the Detroit area.

Arbor Mortgage acquired by Guaranteed Rate

Written by | Monday, 03 March 2014 17:09 |

Chicago-based retail mortgage firm Guaranteed Rate Inc. has acquired the assets of Arbor Mortgage Corp. of Grand Rapids, according to a statement.

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