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The five-year supply agreement gives Perrigo’s nutritionals divisions exclusive rights to a full line of store-brand gummy products using Ferrara’s gummy technology and manufacturing capabilities that also have the potential for over-the-counter products.

OST expands to suburban Chicago

Written by | Monday, 12 January 2015 14:05 |

Grand Rapids-based technology firm Open System Technologies (OST) has announced an expansion to an office in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. - a Chicago suburb - according to a news release.

Grand Rapids economic development agency The Right Place Inc. has signed a contract to provide economic development services for Montcalm County, according to a statement.

Mindscape goes independent, moves offices

Written by | Monday, 12 January 2015 13:25 |

Grand Rapids digital marketing agency Mindscape has spun off from its partnership with Grand Rapids public relations firm Hanon McKendry Inc. (Do More Good). According to a news release, the two firms are no longer equity partners, although they will continue to collaborate.

New research suggests that West Michigan is losing one of its competitive advantages: its comparatively lower health care costs.

The company plans to repurpose 50,000 square feet of existing space to accommodate the production of a new reclining cinema seating product and investment in equipment and training for new employees.

New office space is being developed in the west side neighborhood of Grand Rapids.


Autocam Medical Devices LLC saw a close to its lengthy court battle yesterday.

Known for its upscale steaks and seafood, Louis Benton Steakhouse closed not so much because of a lack of business, said owner Brad Etheridge . Rather, the recent death of Etheridge’s business partner and a desire to move on to other business ventures drove his decision to close the downtown retaurant, he said.

The Evansville, Ind.-based Old National closed the deal Jan. 1, according to a document filed today with federal securities regulators. The deal for Founders Financial, the parent corporation of Founders Bank & Trust, adds marks Old National’s entry into the Grand Rapids-area market and adds four offices to the Michigan branch network for Old National, which now has 40 offices in the state.

There is no doubt that West Michigan loves to discuss, debate and, of course, drink craft beer. After all, you don’t earn the title Beer City USA by default. In 2014, our online traffic at reflected that notion while also highlighting how big of an impact the craft beer industry plays on our local economy.

CWD to redevelop Olds Manor into mixed-use project

Written by | Tuesday, 30 December 2014 12:17 |

Grand Rapids-based CWD Real Investment LLC today announced plans to redevelop the historic Olds Manor building at the corner of Michigan Street and Monroe Avenue in the city’s downtown.

Congressional renewal of a series of federal tax credits comes just in time for them to be effective this year.

Clemens Food Group invests $255M in Coldwater

Written by | Thursday, 18 December 2014 11:45 |

Pennsylvania-based Clemens Food Group recently announced its plans to open a pork processing operation in Coldwater Township. The company expects to invest approximately $255 million in the project and create 810 jobs at its new facility.

Economic growth in West and Central Michigan can largely be attributed to Grand Rapids, according to the most recent Comerica Regional Economic Update from Comerica Bank. The report is compiled by Robert Dye, chief economist at Comerica Bank.

Snyder announces new government department, agency

Written by | Thursday, 18 December 2014 11:26 |

Gov. Rick Snyder, through executive order, announced this morning a reorganization of several government entities.

Grand Rapids-based Founders Brewing Co. plans to better access international markets as part of a deal announced today with a Spanish brewery.

This morning the Board of Trustees for Michigan State University voted to demolish the building that formerly housed the Grand Rapids Press, according to a news release.

Spartan Motors CEO to retire in 2015

Written by | Friday, 12 December 2014 09:42 |

Charlotte-based Spartan Motors Inc. recently announced that John Sztykiel, the company’s president and CEO will retire on Feb. 19, 2015. Sztykiel, who joined Spartan in 1985, will be replaced by Daryl Adams, the company’s current chief operating officer.

Nick Hrnyak to lead Lacks Enterprises

Written by | Friday, 12 December 2014 09:06 |

Grand Rapids-based Lacks Enterprises Inc. has reached another milestone in its long company history. The Tier 1 automotive supplier announced today that Nick Hrnyak will take over as president of the company – marking the first time a nonfamily member has held the position since the company was established in 1961, according to a news release.

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