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A new Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released by ManpowerGroup has placed Grand Rapids as one of the top 100 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) for strongest job prospects.

Spectrum Health plans to invest $24.5 million to improve and add on to its Rehab and Nursing Centers in Grand Rapids.

The grant is designed to help LINC increase its capacity for economic development in neighborhoods of Grand Rapids that are largely Latino and African-American, according to a release.

Mercantile and Firstbank merger finalized

Written by | Monday, 02 June 2014 13:24 |

The merged bank has $2.9 billion in assets and 53 offices across Michigan. Michael Price will continue as president and chief executive officer, and former Firstbank CEO Thomas Sullivan serves as chairman of the board.

Spaude, who joined the Kalamazoo-based health system in June 2005, said in a statement that he’s leaving Borgess Health because he wants to spend time with his father, who is critically ill.

Automotive supplier Challenge Mfg. Co. LLC of Walker plans to invest $50 million and create 450 new jobs, according to a report in Crain’s Detroit Business.

Chicago-based Fairlife LLC says it plans to invest about $96.3 million in an expansion at its milk processing plant in Coopersville and create 100 new jobs over the next two years, according to a statement.

The two trails are located in Calhoun and Allegan counties and are part of the Great Lake to Lake Trail and the Blue Star Trail, respectively.

Herman Miller Inc. will go racing this weekend.

Metro Health in Wyoming is among four health systems to sign value-based contracts with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan that base insurance payments for patient care on efficiency and quality.

According to a news release, 2,500 Brenner customers, approximately one quarter of them commercial, will become Crystal Flash customers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The company is moving into its new space June 9, after 19 years at 300 Ottawa Ave. Collier helped broker the deal to sell Bridgewater Place to a California-based real estate investment firm last year and the firm’s move to the building is being positioned as strategy to drive continued interest in the city’s northwest side, company officials said in a release.

Brembo North America to expand plant in Homer

Written by | Wednesday, 21 May 2014 17:17 |

The Italian automotive supplier known for its brakes in high-end sport and racing cars plans to invest approximately $115 million through next year. The capital investment is expected to result in more than 100 jobs.

The company is projecting 110 new jobs over the next three years. The expansion site is located at 5801 Safety Drive NE in Belmont.

Steel 21 LLC, a maker of dies and molds based in Algoma Township, has been approved for a P.A. 198 tax abatement to support its $4.5 million capital investment and creation of 61 new jobs over the next three years.

The company's home city of Belding has awarded the firm a P.A. 198 tax abatement in support of the investment. The company seeks to increase use of automation and greater diversification of its market capabilities, as MiBiz has previously reported.

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.

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