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.
With more than 500 production and concept vehicles on display from a range of global automakers, the North American International Auto Show in Detroit is the must-see car show of the year.
With its headquarters in Byron Center and with more than 90 stores spread throughout Michigan, SpartanNash Co. (Nasdaq: SPTN) has long been a major employer and a key retail anchor in communities across the state. But after its $1.3 billion mega-merger with Nash Finch Co. last year, the company spread its business well beyond Michigan’s borders. It now has operations in more than 40 states. Of its 16,000 associates, just half are employed in Michigan. President and CEO Dennis Eidson and Executive Vice President and CFO David Staples spoke with MiBiz about whether consumers’ behaviors have changed in the post-recession economic environment and how the company plans to deploy its capital in the new year.
The evolution of West Michigan’s craft brewing industry can be measured in more ways than the growing volume of beer they produce.
Birgit Klohs’ career has been full of many firsts.
The West Michigan economy thrives on the symbiotic relationship of the region’s for-profit corporations and nonprofit organizations — and, one might argue, the public sector.
Aided by the popularity of beers such as Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Bend, Ore.-based Deschutes Brewing Inc. has grown to be the sixth-largest U.S. craft brewery by volume in 2013. Deschutes started distributing in West Michigan this fall.
Earlier this month, the first six-packs of Lucky Girl Brewing Co.’s signature products started rolling out to Meijer stores and other retailers across Michigan.
Improving sales across all product categories and geographies helped boost Gentex Corp.’s performance in its third quarter that ended Sept. 30.
Two years after completing the largest acquisition in the history of Wolverine World Wide Inc., the Rockford-based footwear and apparel marketer says it is again ready to begin looking at potential deals.
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