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Stryker Corp. (NYSE: SYK) on Wednesday reported sharply lower quarterly earnings on higher sales.

Grand Rapids-based public relations and investor relations firm Lambert, Edwards & Associates Inc. has acquired public policy communications firm Sterling Corp. of Lansing, according to a statement.

Zeeland-based Gentex Corp. (Nasdaq: GNTX), a supplier of auto-dimming rearview mirrors and automotive electronics, reported sales to automotive customers jumped 24 percent in the first quarter of 2014, particularly to European and Asian automakers.

Victory Electronic Cigarettes acquires UK firm

Written by | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 10:02 |

Spring Lake-based Victory Electronic Cigarettes Corp. (OTCQB: ECIG) acquired Manchester, U.K.-based e-cigarette company VIP for a combination of cash and stock.

Georgio’s to open 28th street pizzeria

Written by | Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:28 |

Georgio’s Gourmet Pizza has announced plans for a second location in Grand Rapids. The pizzeria known for its single slices will be opening a store in Cascade Township at 5570 28th Street SE. The grand opening is projected to be in mid-May.

Costs tied to the delayed merger with Firstbank Corp. in Alma and lower margins on loans led to reduced quarterly earnings for Mercantile Bank Corp.

Grand Rapids-based BarFly Ventures LLC today detailed its plans to launch a fourth HopCat restaurant and bar in Indianapolis.

The $59.5 million in new capital raised by ProNAI Therapeutics will go to fund several Phase II clinical studies involving patients with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and using its main candidate for an anti-cancer drug, known as PNT2258.

Chemical Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: CHFC) today reported higher net income of $13.8 million for the first quarter, or 46 cents per diluted share. That compares with $13.2 million, or 48 per diluted share, during the first quarter of 2013.

The annual study by Truven Health Analytics analyzed more than 300 health systems nationwide and named the top 15 based on how they performed on eight key metrics that include patient safety, survival, mortality and complication rates, and length of stay.

George Zimmermann steps down this week as head of Travel Michigan, ending more than 12 years as the chief promoter for the state’s $15 billion tourism industry that’s identified with the “Pure Michigan” branding and promotional campaign.

Baker Publishing to acquire Regal Books

Written by | Friday, 18 April 2014 09:33 |

Ada-based Baker Publishing Group has signed a letter of intent to purchased the publishing assets of Regal Books from Gospel Light of Ventura, Calif., according to a statement.

New research shows that West Michigan companies have eschewed one key tool in their arsenal of talent attraction resources.

Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bancorp (Nasdaq: FITB) yesterday elected former Steelcase Inc. CEO James Hackett as its non-executive chairman.

Spencer Johnson retires in June 2015 after 30 years as president of the MHA and a 40-year career in health care policy and advocacy. Brian Peters, the association’s executive vice president, will succeed Johnson.

 Chemical Bank looks to bolster its presence in West Michigan with its first downtown Grand Rapids branch.

Traverse City-based Britten Studios, Inc. has acquired Grand Rapids sign and display printer, JAROB Inc. All 60 JAROB employees in Grand Rapids will now become part of Britten Design.

Dr. David Rosen has resigned as president of Kendall College of Art and Design effective 5 p.m. today.

Beginning this month, a surplus liquidation of equipment will be held for the assets of the Benteler Automotive Corporation plant in Grand Rapids that closed in June. St. Louis, MO. asset management company Stewart B. Milner & Associates will be conducting the online surplus auction of forklifts, cranes and presses.

Grand Rapids-based drug discovery firm Tetra Discovery Partners LLC will partner with the Broad Institute's Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research in Cambridge, Mass., the firms announced today.

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