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The West Michigan Sports Commission recently announced that its newly-opened Art Van Sports Complex generated an estimated $3 million in direct spending through its 18 different tournaments held throughout the year.

New federal legislation signed into law this week could significantly reduce the cost of maintaining U.S. government agencies’ vehicle fleets by requiring those groups to encourage the procurement of remanufactured parts for repairs instead of new components.

After 15 months of construction, Grand Rapids-based Fox Motors Group LLC opened the doors to its new Fox Ford Lincoln of Chicago dealership.

Spectrum Health plans to move up to 500 employees to 25 Ottawa Ave SW., a six-story office building that’s being renovated in downtown Grand Rapids’ Arena South neighborhood, MiBiz has learned.

Meijer promotes Rick Keyes to president

Written by | Friday, 02 October 2015 13:16 |

Walker-based superstore retailer Meijer Inc. announced today that Rick Keyes will become the seventh president in the company’s 81-year history.

Small and mid-sized business owners remain relatively optimistic about their prospects during this fall and winter, although slightly fewer intend to hire and the number of them who expect lower sales grew, according to the latest results of a semi-annual survey by PNC Bank.

Muskegon Community College announced yesterday that it will receive $2.51 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce to assist in the renovation of the former Muskegon Chronicle building.

Glassource expands in Grand Haven

Written by | Thursday, 01 October 2015 17:16 |

Glassource, a Grand Haven-based manufacturer of glass and mirror products, including shower doors, plans to invest $1.6 million to purchase and revamp an aged manufacturing facility on Beechtree Street in Grand Haven.

Walker-based Meijer Inc. president James Kevin "J.K." Symancyk will leave the big box retailer in October to become president and CEO of Katy, Texas-based sporting and outdoor retailer Academy, Ltd., which does business as Academy Sports + Outdoors.

The Grand Rapids office of Chicago-based commercial real estate capital firm Cohen Financial has secured an $8.4 million, short-term bridge loan for a private investor to acquire a shopping center in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

A federal judge yesterday ruled against Huntington National Bank regarding its financial relationship with Cyberco Holdings Inc. and Teleservices Group Inc. Both entities were created by Grand Rapids businessman Barton Watson, who committed suicide in 2004 after federal agents began investigating his companies for fraud.

According to a statement from the university, its fall 2015 student census was 23,556 students, down 1.5 percent compared to last fall. New students, however, grew 0.1 percent to approximately 3,100 students.

Of the 242 winners at this year’s Great American Beer Festival in Boulder, Colo. five West Michigan breweries walked away with medals for their beer.

Kellogg acquires Egyptian cereal manufacturer

Written by | Monday, 28 September 2015 16:31 |

Battle Creek-based Kellogg Company today announced the acquisition of another company to its growing business in Egypt and Africa.

Job growth across a wide labor market in the central and west Michigan areas — including Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing — is now “peaking,” as the auto industry hits a cyclical high, Comerica chief economist Robert Dye wrote.

Steelcase Inc. surpassed its forecasted performance for the second quarter of its 2016 fiscal year, aided by growth in the Americas and in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) market.

Mercy Health Muskegon has the green light from corporate parent Trinity Health to proceed with a $271.2 million expansion and renovation that would consolidate inpatient medical care at a single campus.

The 11,500-square-foot Spectrum Health Integrated Care Campus at Ionia, adjacent to the Meijer store on South State Road, will open next spring. HKS Inc. and Wolverine Building Group is handling construction.

Atwater Brewing Co. plans to open a 6,000-square-foot taproom and production facility at CWD Real Estate Investment’s project at the former Rowe Hotel, located at the northwest corner of Michigan Street and Monroe Avenue, said brewery President and CEO Mark Rieth.

Both sides in Mylan N.V.’s hostile takeover bid for Perrigo Co plc now claim in lawsuits that the other party is intentionally misleading investors.

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