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The Zeeland-based Herman Miller (Nasdaq: MLHR) this afternoon reported sales of $516.4 million for the third quarter of its 2015 fiscal year, an increase of 13.3 percent from the $455.9 million in the same period a year earlier.

Datum Industries expands into Kentwood facility

Written by | Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:45 |

Grand Rapids-based Datum Industries LLC recently expanded its production capacity by moving its machining into a new 37,570-square-foot facility in Kentwood.

The fly fishing and lifestyle retailer will occupy 4,800 square feet in the newest building of Breton Village. Buildout will begin immediately and a fall opening is planned.

Jim Paparella, who comes to DABSJ after serving as the executive director of Child and Family Charities (Lansing) since 1997, will take the position beginning in May.

The patent is intended to allow for the expansion of the company’s green roofing systems used, for instance, at the LEED-certified headquarters of Grand Rapids-based Rockford Construction.

Three Kentwood-based educational programs are the recipients of a $35,000 grant from the Bosch Group, an automotive supplier.

Propane truck builder acquired by Canada PE firm

Written by | Wednesday, 18 March 2015 10:07 |

Two affiliated Michigan-based propane distribution truck manufacturers will be acquired by a private equity firm from Canada.

Grand Rapids-based Davenport University has named Dr. Pamela Imperato, Ph.D, its new Dean of the Donald W. Maine College of Business, according to a statement.

The new in-store locations will increase Huntington’s branch network in the state to 220 locations, raising the bank’s ranking from fifth to third-largest in Michigan in terms of the number of offices.

A new study shows that, despite the abundance of cranes in the sky constructing new apartment units around Grand Rapids, it’s not nearly enough.

On the same day it’s being honored for its impressive track record of growth, Holland-based JR Automation Technologies LLC announced it has new ownership. 

According to a statement, The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York granted a number of First Day Motions for the beleaguered company’s restructuring and recapitalization.

Grand Rapids-based The Geek Group and Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) have announced a new partnership aimed at preparing students for work in the skilled trades.

Keith Brophy, a tech entrepreneur who previously ran a firm that developed a health care mobile app, began his new role today as state director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center.

Work on the 80,000-square-foot, three-story office will begin in the late summer and is targeted for completion in 2017 on a 22-acre site at I-94, Ninth Street and Elm Valley Drive in the Groves business park.

Perrigo Co. plc’s latest big acquisition closes March 30, significantly expanding the company’s European base.

Bell’s Brewery Inc. Founder Larry Bell spoke at length with MiBiz Editor Brian Edwards about the Kalamazoo-based brewer's trademark dispute. 

Bell’s Brewery, Inc. made numerous attempts over the past year to settle a trademark dispute with a small microbrewery in North Carolina, but every offer was rebuffed, Bell’s Founder Larry Bell told MiBiz.

A Southfield-based tier one automotive supplier with a presence in West Michigan filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today in the Southern District of New York bankruptcy court.

Two residential realty firms merge

Written by | Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:05 |

Grand Rapids-based residential realty firm The West Michigan Group has merged with Grand Rapids-based Greenridge Realty Inc., according to a statement. Both firms are locally owned and operated, and both are family-owned.

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