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Microbrush develops and manufacturers consumable products used in dental restoration procedures. The company operates as a subsidiary of Illinois-based Young Innovations Inc., a portfolio company of Chicago-based private equity firm Linden Capital Partners, which focuses on middle-market companies in the health care and life sciences industries.

Low-cost carrier Allegiant Airlines today announced that it would begin offering nonstop flights from Gerald Ford International Airport to Punta Gorda, Fla. for as low as $49 one-way. Flights begin Nov. 4, according to a statement.

Livonia-based IT training company N.H. Learning Solutions Corp. announced last week its acquisition of Boston, Mass.-based CompuWorks Systems Inc., which is another training company. N.H. Learning Solutions will acquire all assets, including eight full-time employees and 15 part-time employees. The new employees will work out of offices in either downtown Detroit or Long Island, N.Y., according to a statement. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

United Air service returns to Kalamazoo

Written by | Monday, 10 August 2015 15:08 |

After a nearly six-year absence, daily air service from United Airlines to Chicago from the Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport (AZO) will resume on Dec. 9, according to a statement.

The company will go before the Grand Rapids Planning Commission on Thursday, Aug. 13 with a special land use request to add 1,200 square feet to double its production space at 537 Leonard St. NW, as well as expand its kitchen.

Grand Rapids-based arts and crafts distributor Notions Marketing Corporation plans to hire 550 people at its Grand Rapids headquarters, according to a statement. The positions will consist of 100 full-time jobs, 50 part-time and 400 seasonal jobs.

Grand Rapids-based Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has added Lakeland Health of St. Joseph to its rehabilitation network.

Enterprise software provider Blue Medora LLC has partnered with a Japanese I.T. firm in a move that will expand the Grand Rapids-based company’s reach into the Asia-Pacific market.

Gov. Rick Snyder today appointed Grand Rapids attorney T.J. Ackert to serve on the Kent County Probate Court, according to a statement. Ackert has been a business attorney with the law firm of Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey PLC since 2007. Prior to that, he worked at Smith, Haughey, Rice & Roegge, PC.

Meijer opens 2 more Wisconsin stores

Written by | Tuesday, 04 August 2015 11:24 |

Walker-based Meijer Inc. continues to make inroads into Wisconsin.

GRAND RAPIDS — A Southwest Michigan developer sees a business opportunity in the tightening inventory of office space in the downtown Grand Rapids market. That’s why his company decided to invest in the suburbs.

WYOMING, Mich. — The proposed joint venture between Metro Health and Community Health Systems Inc. is a dead deal.

Charter Capital opens Detroit office

Written by | Monday, 03 August 2015 11:31 |

The location adds to the investment banking and M&A firm’s existing offices in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Mishawaka, Ind.

Bloomfield Hills-based JBD Acquisition Corporation has acquired its second West Michigan property in six months. Principal J.B. Davies bought Grand Rapids industrial property Grand Rapids Corporate Center at 3516 Roger B. Chaffee Drive SE in Wyoming last month for a reported $2 million.

With a steadily growing business in an increasingly revitalized neighborhood, the owner of a popular East Hills restaurant sees an opportunity to grow without increasing the physical footprint of his building.

Holland-based Trendway Corp. has a new president.

Auto supplier Chassix emerges from bankruptcy

Written by | Thursday, 30 July 2015 10:15 |

After nearly five months, Southfield-based Chassix Holdings Inc. has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to a statement released Wednesday.

Grand Rapids-based restaurant management company Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. (OTCQX:MHGU) has announced its acquisition of 15 Wendy’s fast-food stores in the Toledo, Ohio-area. According to a statement, the acquisitions will add approximately $19 million in annual revenue.

While sales were up for Zeeland-based Gentex Corp. (Nasdaq: GNTX), the automotive supplier reported lower profit margins and net income based on market and customer fluctuations. Meanwhile engineering and R&D expenditures rose along with the the company’s cash on hand, suggesting that new products and acquisitions could be in the company’s future.

The index reached 124.8 for the month, up from 121.5 in April and well above the 117.4-point average for all of 2014. Seven out of eight criteria used for the monthly economic Index increased in May, including labor market and housing-related indicators.

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