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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.

Saranac-based egg producer Herbruck Poultry Ranch Inc. today announced plans to invest $33 million over the next three years to expand its production facility in the Village of Saranac.

ChoiceOne Financial Services Inc. today reported net income of $1.24 million, or 38 cents per share, for the first quarter, up slightly from $1.23 million, or 37 cents per share, a year earlier.

Grandville-based Premier Mortgage Resources Inc. has announced that, as of April 30, it is changing its name to Alternaturals Inc. (ANAS) and is launching an online store. The company manufactures and sells alternative health care products, including marijuana products.

Mill Steel to expand in Indiana

Written by | Tuesday, 29 April 2014 09:54 |

Grand Rapids-based Mill Steel Co. has expanded its operations with a new facility at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville, where it already plans to add on to continue to grow its business, executives announced on Monday.

Count Wolverine World Wide Inc. (NYSE: WWW) executives among the people across the U.S. who would like to forget this year’s “brutal and prolonged” winter season.

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