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Warner Norcross opens Kalamazoo office

Written by | Tuesday, 20 May 2014 13:32 |

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP opened a law office in Kalamazoo, its eighth in Michigan.

Grand Rapids-based 616 Development LLC and Rockford Development Group have partnered to purchase an aging property in the city’s west side neighborhood.  

Grand Rapids-based furniture manufacturer Steelcase (NYSE: SCS) inked a deal with national office supplies retailer Staples Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS). Under the deal, businesses have the opportunity to purchase Steelcase products on and in select Staples stores around the country.

A Boca Raton, Fla.-based investment firm recently closed on the purchase of 44 CVS convenience stores throughout the country, including three Michigan properties with one Grand Rapids location.

Huntington Bancshares Inc. has agreed to buy another 13 Bank of America offices in Michigan, including two locations in Holland and Muskegon.

A creperie is the latest addition to the mix of food options available at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. Penelope’s Creperie, is expected to open May 26, with construction starting this week.

Mercy Health plans to sell two of its hospitals in northern Michigan to Traverse City-based Munson Healthcare.

PNC Bank economists expect economic growth across Southwest Michigan to remain strong at least through next year.

The two banks announced approval of the $151.5 million stock transaction this afternoon. The combination of Mercantile and Firstbank will create the third-largest Michigan-based bank with 53 offices in the central and western Lower Peninsula.

Co-owner Dan Perrin told MiBiz that the brewery seeks to begin making hard apple cider due to large demand for it, as well as a significant amount of gluten-free customers asking for the product.

Perrigo Co.’s quarterly sales exceeded $1 billion for the first time during the first three months of 2014.

CHE Trinity Health and Ascension Health Michigan say they have formed a new clinical network of integrated care providers across that state.

American Airlines, in partnership with U.S. Airways, has announced that beginning Sept. 3 the airline will offer two daily non-stop flights to Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) from Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA).

Michigan’s tourism industry reached a record $18.7 billion in visitor spending in 2013. Most of the spending, $13.8 billion came from leisure travelers, according to research firm D.K. Shifflet & Associates.

New Holland Brewing Company LLC, Big Lake Brewing LLC and Our Brewing Company LLC will release a collaborative English pub ale dubbed “Our New Lake.”

Cosmetics retailer LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics is the latest addition to Woodland Mall in Grand Rapids. It is the retailer’s first store in the Western Michigan region.

Mark Meijer, the founder chairman and CEO of Life E.M.S. Ambulance in Grand Rapids, was appointed to the Van Andel Institute Board of Trustees. Meijer for years has been a part of the VAI’s board of governors whose members provide financial support and serve as ambassadors for the institute.

Based on surveys with industry executives, the activity index from Michael A. Dunlap & Associates registered a 54.61 in April, which compares 54.36 in January and a 10-year average of 54.31.

Italian auto supplier invests in West Michigan

Written by | Wednesday, 30 April 2014 14:09 |

An Italian auto supplier plans to invest in new capacity by adding a West Michigan, MiBiz has learned.

Fort Worth, Texas-based call center operator NOVO 1 Inc. plans to invest $1.5 million and add 287 jobs in Cascade Township over the next three years, the company announced today.

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