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Joe Boomgaard

Joe Boomgaard

Managing Editor

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.

As Byron Center-based SpartanNash Co. continues to focus on integrating the two food distribution and grocery retail operations that it merged 15 months ago, executives say they could be ready to consider additional acquisitions after another three months.

Nearly a year after Bell’s Brewing Inc. filed a federal trademark opposition against a small microbrewery in Sylva, N.C, the Kalamazoo-based company has found itself in the middle of a negative social media storm.

Based on strong hiring for electric vehicle production and the solar industry supply chain, Michigan ranked fourth in the nation in the number of new clean energy and clean transportation jobs in 2014.

The impact of a transformational 2013 merger drove full-year results for Byron Center-based  grocery retailer and food distributor SpartanNash Co.

A combination of an unexpected decline in business in China and foreign currency exchange headwinds related to the strength of the U.S. dollar hampered sales performance and job creation last year for Ada-based direct seller Amway Corp.

Sunday, 15 February 2015 22:00

Editor's Notebook: Corporate Inclusion

When the state launched the Michigan Design Council last month, its aim was to unite the various industrial design industries around the state to promote Michigan’s prowess in the high-value sector that’s closely linked with advanced manufacturing.

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 09:41

Amway sales fell by $1B in 2014

Amway Corp. sales fell by $1 billion in 2014 compared to the previous year.

Sunday, 01 February 2015 22:00

Dinner Date

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner — Saturday, Feb. 14 — now’s the time to plan an evening out with your significant other. For those interested in a casual atmosphere and truly remarkable food on par with the best West Michigan has to offer, head over to Muskegon for a visit to Mia & Grace.

Sunday, 18 January 2015 22:00

Editor's Notebook: Ford Focused

As thousands of international journalists packed into Detroit’s crowded Cobo Hall last week for the annual North American International Auto Show, it was clear that the industry has started to act as if it has fully emerged from the doldrums of the recession and embraced the brave new world.

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