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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.

Custom-injection molder Wright Plastic Products Co. LLC said it has acquired Hope Industries Inc., a Madisonville, Tenn.-based molder that serves the automotive, OEM appliance, medical and other markets.

A Grand Rapids project is among a dozen programs nationwide that are in the running to receive up to $1 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies, according to an announcement today.

North Ottawa Community Health System in Grand Haven today launched a $2.5 million public capital campaign to help pay for a new $9.67 million emergency room that will go beyond providing traditional emergency medical care.

Grand Rapids was second in the nation among metro areas for the concentration of workers in temporary employment, according to jobs website

SpartanNash performance buoyed by 2013 merger

Written by | Wednesday, 04 March 2015 16:31 |

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

Holland-based Motus Integrated Technologies LLC has acquired the assets of Grand Rapids-based Leon Automotive Interiors.

Holland Hospital was again named one of the best-performing hospitals in the U.S. by a leading health care analysis firm.

Directors at Stryker Corp. have approved a $2 billion share repurchase program.

In the biggest move, the Zeeland-based office furniture maker promoted Chief Financial Officer Greg Bylsma to chief operating officer for the North American division. Bylsma, who’s been with Herman Miller since 2009, succeeds Curt Pullen, who has decided to leave the company.

Walker-based retailer Meijer Inc. plans to close one of its supermarkets and sell five company-owned standalone gas station convenience stores.

OMT-Veyhl USA Corp. today announced a 98,000-square-foot expansion at its Holland facility.

The state of Michigan recently approved a grant to aid community colleges in purchasing equipment and training for students studying skilled trades. Approximately $14.3 million of the state’s $50 million grant program, coined the Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program (CCSTEP), was distributed to institutions in West Michigan.

CityFlats Hotel at 77 Monroe Center NW in downtown Grand Rapids will expand into the space left vacant by Louis Benton Steakhouse, which closed down last month.

Ferris State University’s College of Pharmacy received a $5 million gift from Phil and Jocelyn Hagerman and the Hagerman Foundation.

Start Garden invests in Fetchpark

Written by | Friday, 20 February 2015 15:06 |

Start Garden announced yesterday that it would invest $5,000 in Fetchpark, an automated city parking app that implements a patent-pending transponder and companion app.

The Michigan Nationals Hockey Association recently announced a major sponsorship deal with Grand Rapids-based Fox Motors.

Automotive supplier Burke E. Porter Machinery Co. expects to finalize the sale of the Grand Rapids-based company to a Chinese firm later this month, MiBiz has learned.  

Start Garden revives 5x5 Night concept

Written by | Tuesday, 17 February 2015 10:04 |

Start Garden plans to resurrect 5x5 Night, the precursor to the $15 million venture fund that invested $5,000 weekly to individuals with ideas that had the potential to become a business.

Wolverine World Wide Inc. (NYSE: WWW) plans to invest in brand-building initiatives throughout this year in a move that’s expected to drive results for the Rockford-based footwear and apparel company in 2016 and beyond.

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