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Grand Rapids-based technology company Blue Medora LLC has secured $4.6 million in a new Class A funding round, the tech firm announced in a statement today.

Amid calls from Republican lawmakers to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law, a new report says doing so would have a detrimental effect on the state’s economy.

West Michigan office furniture manufacturers posted gains in their latest quarterly earnings despite continued negative currency fluctuations driven by the high value of the U.S. dollar.

Health care interests in Michigan applauded today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld subsidies for millions of people across the country who buy their own health coverage through public exchanges created under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Downers Grove, Ill.-based food processor Hearthside Food Solutions LLC intends to invest $10.7 million and add 91 jobs over three years at its Kentwood facility on 32nd Street.

A Jenison-based designer of automation, computerization and software for the pallet manufacturing, timber processing and other industries will construct a new facility in Georgetown Township.

ChoiceOne Financial names new president

Written by | Tuesday, 23 June 2015 13:02 |

Directors at Sparta-based ChoiceOne Financial Services Inc. named Kelly Potes as president.

This morning, Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) officials announced that low-cost carrier Allegiant Airlines would offer seasonal, nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. beginning Dec. 16.

Funds approved for Fulton Place development

Written by | Tuesday, 23 June 2015 12:41 |

Fulton Place, the 102-apartment, mixed-use development from Rockford Development Group (D.B.A. Fulton and Seward LLC), this morning took another step forward.

Spectrum Health planned to begin construction today on a $24.5 million renovation and expansion of its Rehab and Nursing Center in Grand Rapids.

Gentex appoints CFO to board of directors

Written by | Monday, 22 June 2015 16:30 |

The executive leadership at Zeeland-based Tier-1 automotive supplier Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX) is changing.

Wisconsin-based diamond retailer Kessler’s Diamonds will make its first expansion out of the state by opening a location in Grandville.

MSU plans to begin an immediate nationwide search for a successor to College of Human Medicine Dean Marsha Rappley, President Lou Anna Simon said. Rappley is leaving for a position in Virginia.

401 Hall Street building under new ownership

Written by | Thursday, 18 June 2015 16:29 |

Wyoming-based Leestma Management LLC closed today on the 190,000-square-foot, 401 Hall Street SW building, formerly home to the Metal Office Furniture Company (now Steelcase) for $5.3 million. The acquisition from Brighton-based GRL Properties LLC marks the company’s third commercial property in the West Michigan market, CEO Ryan Leestma told MiBiz. He also owns two properties in Florida.

Grand Rapids-based Modustri LLC recently struck a strategic partnership with global heavy equipment supplier Caterpillar Inc.

Michigan State University began construction this morning on an $88.1 million biomedical research center in downtown Grand Rapids that will provide an anchor to the west end of the city’s Medical Mile.

Herbruck’s invests $43 million in expansion

Written by | Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:59 |

Ionia-based Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch Inc. plans to expand its production facility to add additional egg-laying and pullet growing capacity.

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.

The Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation will provide $475,000 to Well House over three years. The nonprofit will invest the money in additional affordable housing options, employment opportunities and healthy food solutions.

Marsha Rappley’s last day at MSU is Aug. 14. She’ll join VCU as vice president for Health Sciences and CEO of VCU Health System, which includes a cancer center and children’s hospital, has more than 1,100 beds and serves more than 600,000 people annually.

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