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The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has issued an alert for corporations and limited liability companies. According to LARA director Steve Arwood, a new scheme targets businesses by attempting to collect a $59.99 fee for a certificate that says the company is “in good standing.”

The company, which provides machining and grinding, as well as wear and corrosion services, broke ground in February of this year and expects to have the new facility operational by December.

Chemical Financial Corp. has initiated a public stock offering to raise $70 million, part of which could go to help finance the $120 million acquisition of Northwestern Bancorp Inc. in Traverse City.

Ventra to expand in Ionia

Written by | Wednesday, 18 June 2014 14:00 |

Automotive supplier Ventra Ionia Main LLC, a subsidiary of Ventra Greenwich Holdings Corp. that makes bumpers and grille assemblies, plans to invest up to $8.5 million to expand its operations in the city of Ionia, according to a statement.

New CFO of BDO USA to be based in Grand Rapids

Written by | Wednesday, 18 June 2014 11:41 |

Lynn Calhoun, a partner at BDO USA LLP in Grand Rapids and the firm’s director of finance, was named chief financial officer of the company.

The increased production capacity means that Coppercraft expects to soon begin distribution in a number of markets such as Chicago, Colorado and Minnesota, according to a release.

A new automotive supplier of aluminum roof rail systems plans to set up shop in the Fort Custer Industrial Park in Battle Creek.

Mini Maker Faire coming to Grand Rapids

Written by | Wednesday, 11 June 2014 15:14 |

Local organizations plan to host the first annual Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire on Aug. 30-31 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Grand Rapids-based Cascade Die Casting Group Inc. plans to invest $5.3 million in Sparta and Gaines Townships and create 50 new jobs over the next three years.

Livermore, Calif.-based SolarBOS Inc. plans to open a new manufacturing plant in the city of Walker.

Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing raises $9.8M

Written by | Wednesday, 11 June 2014 10:35 |

A $9.8 million investment provides Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing capital to support growth.

The anonymously-funded scholarship that grants free in-state tuition to eligible high school students announced today that the scholarships may be used at a number of additional schools.

A new Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released by ManpowerGroup has placed Grand Rapids as one of the top 100 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) for strongest job prospects.

Spectrum Health plans to invest $24.5 million to improve and add on to its Rehab and Nursing Centers in Grand Rapids.

The grant is designed to help LINC increase its capacity for economic development in neighborhoods of Grand Rapids that are largely Latino and African-American, according to a release.

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