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Joe Boomgaard

Joe Boomgaard

Managing Editor

jboomgaard@mibiz.com

A decades-old provision in Michigan’s liquor laws has many of the state’s craft brewers crying in their beers. Their license fees, however nominal, go to fund agricultural research and promotion of the state’s grape and wine sector — not the beer industry or its agricultural supply chain of hops and barley.

Kalamazoo-based distributor Imperial Beverage Co. relocated its Southeast Michigan warehouse facility from Plymouth to a 25,000-square-foot building in Livonia, according to a statement.

Nearly three weeks after a previous deal unravelled that would have turned Steelcase Inc.’s pyramid campus into an educational site, the property has new owners.

A nonprofit subsidiary of the bankrupt Family Christian LLC has been selected as the winning bidder for the company’s assets, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

To meet the growing demands from thirsty consumers, Michigan-based craft brewers have rapidly scaled up production at their manufacturing facilities.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based electric vehicles maker Tesla Motors Inc. has acquired a West Michigan tool and die firm.

Three years after staving off bankruptcy with support from a government-backed loan, a Manistique-based manufacturer of recycled paper now plans to shut down its operations by Tuesday, March 24, according to a filing with the state.

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