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.
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.
Chicago-based retail mortgage firm Guaranteed Rate Inc. has acquired the assets of Arbor Mortgage Corp. of Grand Rapids, according to a statement.
Herman Miller Inc. said today that it sold off a company-owned dealership in Canada.
Grand Rapids-based Medbio Inc. has acquired Schoolcraft-based plastics mold builder Concept Molds Inc., according to a statement.
Four West Michigan companies have landed on this year’s list of the most admired companies.
Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO) announced two deals today that it says will help to strengthen the firm’s international portfolio and allow it to focus on its core competencies.
Billionaire Sir Richard Branson, founder and chairman of The Virgin Group, will be the guest of honor at The Economic Club of Grand Rapids’ 27th annual dinner on May 27. Branson’s business ventures include air and rail travel, hospitality, media and several other ventures.
Mercantile Bank Corp. and Alma-based Firstbank Corp. have extended their merger agreement for another three months. The agreement, if not executed by then, will now terminate on June 30, according to a Feb. 21 regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has expanded its pre-check program to Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) in Grand Rapids. The program allows certain passengers to keep their shoes on at security checkpoints, as well as light outerwear and keeping laptop computers in carry-on bags.