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Based on surveys with industry executives, the activity index from Michael A. Dunlap & Associates registered a 54.61 in April, which compares 54.36 in January and a 10-year average of 54.31.

Italian auto supplier invests in West Michigan

Written by | Wednesday, 30 April 2014 14:09 |

An Italian auto supplier plans to invest in new capacity by adding a West Michigan, MiBiz has learned.

Fort Worth, Texas-based call center operator NOVO 1 Inc. plans to invest $1.5 million and add 287 jobs in Cascade Township over the next three years, the company announced today.

Saranac-based egg producer Herbruck Poultry Ranch Inc. today announced plans to invest $33 million over the next three years to expand its production facility in the Village of Saranac.

ChoiceOne Financial Services Inc. today reported net income of $1.24 million, or 38 cents per share, for the first quarter, up slightly from $1.23 million, or 37 cents per share, a year earlier.

Grandville-based Premier Mortgage Resources Inc. has announced that, as of April 30, it is changing its name to Alternaturals Inc. (ANAS) and is launching an online store. The company manufactures and sells alternative health care products, including marijuana products.

Mill Steel to expand in Indiana

Written by | Tuesday, 29 April 2014 09:54 |

Grand Rapids-based Mill Steel Co. has expanded its operations with a new facility at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville, where it already plans to add on to continue to grow its business, executives announced on Monday.

Count Wolverine World Wide Inc. (NYSE: WWW) executives among the people across the U.S. who would like to forget this year’s “brutal and prolonged” winter season.

Macatawa Bank reports improved net income

Written by | Friday, 25 April 2014 09:00 |

Macatawa Bank Corp. today reported improved net income of $2.6 million, or 8 cents per share, for the first quarter. That compares with $2.4 million, or 9 nine per share, a year earlier.

The annual awards aim to “recognize advances that incorporate the principles of green chemistry into design, manufacturing, or use of chemicals and materials,” according to a release.

Stryker Corp. (NYSE: SYK) on Wednesday reported sharply lower quarterly earnings on higher sales.

Grand Rapids-based public relations and investor relations firm Lambert, Edwards & Associates Inc. has acquired public policy communications firm Sterling Corp. of Lansing, according to a statement.

Zeeland-based Gentex Corp. (Nasdaq: GNTX), a supplier of auto-dimming rearview mirrors and automotive electronics, reported sales to automotive customers jumped 24 percent in the first quarter of 2014, particularly to European and Asian automakers.

Victory Electronic Cigarettes acquires UK firm

Written by | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 10:02 |

Spring Lake-based Victory Electronic Cigarettes Corp. (OTCQB: ECIG) acquired Manchester, U.K.-based e-cigarette company VIP for a combination of cash and stock.

Georgio’s to open 28th street pizzeria

Written by | Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:28 |

Georgio’s Gourmet Pizza has announced plans for a second location in Grand Rapids. The pizzeria known for its single slices will be opening a store in Cascade Township at 5570 28th Street SE. The grand opening is projected to be in mid-May.

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