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Joe Boomgaard

Joe Boomgaard

Managing Editor

jboomgaard@mibiz.com

The structure of the “transformational” merger last year that created SpartanNash Inc. set the Byron Center-based company on a course to take advantage of the growing consolidation trend in the supermarket industry.

Kalamazoo-based Zeigler Auto Group Inc. has acquired the Rosen Nissan store in Gurnee, Ill., said President Aaron Zeigler.

Revue Holding Company Inc. – the parent company of MiBiz –  announced today that it has acquired the assets and operations of Dogs Unleashed, a lifestyle publication for dog owners and canine enthusiasts.

Grand Valley State University wants to expose students in non-design related fields to the tenets of design thinking, and they’ve tapped a veteran executive to explore how best to accomplish that goal.

U.S. automotive sales are about 1 million units below where they should be given the long-term historical patterns in the industry.

Since the dawn of the automotive industry more than a century ago, suppliers have come to expect production to have its ups and downs, but generally rise over the long term — much like the stock market. But that period of unbridled growth could come to an end within a generation.

The state’s senior automotive adviser has one simple request for industry and supply chain executives: “Bring a buddy back.”

Gentex Corp. plans to look outside of the automotive industry for opportunities for its HomeLink technology.

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