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Hiring should remain strong in the Grand Rapids area during the coming months, especially for positions in the information technology field.

Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc. (NYSE: JCI) may shed the remainder of its $22 billion automotive business.

A small community bank in Berrien County plans to issue stock and convert to a federal savings bank to drive future growth and profitability.

A Grand Rapids-based manufacturer of heat treatments and other coatings for the automotive, medical and aerospace industries plans to expand its production facility.

The Coldwater-based Southern Michigan will open the office as part of a development by Hinman Companies at West Kilgore Road and South Westnedge Avenue, next to the Lowe’s store.

Two urban redevelopment projects in Grand Rapids received approval for state financing assistance at today’s board meeting of the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF).

Crystal Flash welcomes new leadership

Written by | Monday, 08 June 2015 16:28 |

Grand Rapids-based energy distributor Crystal Flash has appointed veteran executive Tom Olive as the company’s new president and CEO.

Klein Plastics to cut 74 jobs by December

Written by | Monday, 08 June 2015 16:15 |

Plastic injection molder Klein Plastics LLC will start closing down its Rockford production facility later next month.

Lake Forest, Ill.-based Brunswick (NYSE: BC) last week completed the planned divestiture of its Brunswick Bowling Products Inc. business in a management buyout involving BlueArc Capital Management LLC of Atlanta, McLean, Va.-based Gladstone Investment Corp. (Nasdaq: GAIN) and Capitala Finance Corp. (Nasdaq: CPTA).

Consumers Credit Union plans to begin construction this summer on a new, larger office that will expand its local footprint.

GMB Architecture gets new president

Written by | Thursday, 04 June 2015 17:02 |

Holland-based GMB Architecture Engineering will complete its leadership transition today as the firm’s president Harm Perdok retires. Perdok has spent 31 years at the firm, having spent the last 11 as president. GMB has grown to 90 employees and has offices in Holland, Grand Rapids and Indianapolis, according to a statement.

Grand Rapids-based Terryberry Co. LLC will invest approximately $2.6 million into its facility at 2033 Oak Industrial Drive, said company officials today at a press conference.

Grand Rapids-based Fox Motor Group LLC continues to grow. The automotive dealership chain announced in a statement today that it has acquired Seif Chevrolet, located at 632 East Main Street in downtown Caledonia. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Muskegon Community College continues to grow its presence in the lakeshore city’s downtown. Entrepreneurs Jon Rooks and Nick Sarnicola, as well as his wife Ashley, have donated the former Masonic Temple building at 396 West Clay Avenue in addition to a $200,000 permanent endowment for the college to use for its Entrepreneurial Studies program. 

After 15 years working with the industrial group in Colliers International’s Grand Rapids office, John Kuiper can now add President to his resume. According to a statement, effective June 1, Kuiper became President of the office and will retain his responsibilities as advisor to the industrial group.

Having completed Fox Motors’ Subaru dealership just to the east of the newest project in January, the construction manager is now constructing brand new, separate showrooms for the European luxury brands, according to Brent Gibson, Triangle’s vice president of operations.

Shipments from January to March grew 9 percent over the same period a year earlier to $2.39 billion and orders increased 8 percent to $2.35 billion, according to the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association in Grand Rapids.

Craft beer enthusiasts throughout the Upper Midwest will have more opportunities to find Founders Brewing Co.’s products closer to home.

Aluminum production giant Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA) will expand its manufacturing of advanced titanium, nickel and 3-D printed parts for the aerospace industry from its Alcoa Power and Propulsion facility in Whitehall.

Wolverine World Wide names new CFO

Written by | Tuesday, 02 June 2015 08:46 |

Following the departure of Donald Grimes, Wolverine World Wide Inc.’s CFO of the last seven years, the Rockford-based marketer of footwear and apparel has appointed Michael Stornant as senior vice president, CFO and treasurer. 
The appointment is effective June 12.

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