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In the biggest move, the Zeeland-based office furniture maker promoted Chief Financial Officer Greg Bylsma to chief operating officer for the North American division. Bylsma, who’s been with Herman Miller since 2009, succeeds Curt Pullen, who has decided to leave the company.

Walker-based retailer Meijer Inc. plans to close one of its supermarkets and sell five company-owned standalone gas station convenience stores.

OMT-Veyhl USA Corp. today announced a 98,000-square-foot expansion at its Holland facility.

The state of Michigan recently approved a grant to aid community colleges in purchasing equipment and training for students studying skilled trades. Approximately $14.3 million of the state’s $50 million grant program, coined the Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program (CCSTEP), was distributed to institutions in West Michigan.

CityFlats Hotel at 77 Monroe Center NW in downtown Grand Rapids will expand into the space left vacant by Louis Benton Steakhouse, which closed down last month.

Ferris State University’s College of Pharmacy received a $5 million gift from Phil and Jocelyn Hagerman and the Hagerman Foundation.

Start Garden invests in Fetchpark

Written by | Friday, 20 February 2015 15:06 |

Start Garden announced yesterday that it would invest $5,000 in Fetchpark, an automated city parking app that implements a patent-pending transponder and companion app.

The Michigan Nationals Hockey Association recently announced a major sponsorship deal with Grand Rapids-based Fox Motors.

Automotive supplier Burke E. Porter Machinery Co. expects to finalize the sale of the Grand Rapids-based company to a Chinese firm later this month, MiBiz has learned.  

Start Garden revives 5x5 Night concept

Written by | Tuesday, 17 February 2015 10:04 |

Start Garden plans to resurrect 5x5 Night, the precursor to the $15 million venture fund that invested $5,000 weekly to individuals with ideas that had the potential to become a business.

Wolverine World Wide Inc. (NYSE: WWW) plans to invest in brand-building initiatives throughout this year in a move that’s expected to drive results for the Rockford-based footwear and apparel company in 2016 and beyond.

To accommodate substantial growth in its welding equipment line, RoMan Manufacturing Inc. recently completed an expansion and internal remodeling project.

Burdened by a six-year slide in sales, Family Christian Stores filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a West Michigan court late Wednesday, assuring customers and employees that it does not expect to close any stores or lay off any of its 4,000 employees.

Former Michigan State Representative Joe Haveman has been appointed the director of government relations for nonprofit agency The Hope Network, according to a statement.

Haworth sales up 27 percent to $1.8B in 2014

Written by | Wednesday, 11 February 2015 16:21 |

Holland-based Haworth Inc. today said annual sales for 2014 reached $1.8 billion, up more than 27 percent from the $1.41 billion a year ago.

The Michigan State University Black Alumni Association (MSUBA) is expanding with the creation of a greater Grand Rapids chapter.

Bronson Methodist Hospital and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan have agreed to a terms of a new five-year agreement that will preserve access for BCBS members at the Kalamazoo-based health care organization.  

MFP Automation Engineering announces new home

Written by | Monday, 09 February 2015 15:19 |

The fluid power distributor has purchased the cantilevered building at 4404 Central Parkway in Hudsonville that had been the headquarters for now-bankrupt Lamar Construction Company, according to a statement. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Start Garden LLC, the Grand Rapids-based $15 million venture capital firm started three years ago to seed startup companies, now wants expand its offerings to provide early growth capital to the companies it backs.

The newly created Michigan Design Council continues to recruit board members from key industrial design companies across the state, including bringing in more representatives from West Michigan-based firms.

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