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After more than three decades in the banking industry, Michelle Van Dyke will become the president of Heart of West Michigan United Way.

Dane Systems to be renamed JR Automation

Written by | Wednesday, 16 December 2015 12:33 |

Dane Systems is a business unit of Holland-based JR Automation Technologies LLC, a manufacturer of custom automation equipment.

Eastown redevelopment receives state support

Written by | Tuesday, 15 December 2015 14:50 |

The Michigan Strategic Fund board today approved Brownfield tax credits and a Community Revitalization loan to support the redevelopment of The Kingsley Building in Grand Rapids’ Eastown neighborhood.

GM to invest $43M in Grand Rapids facility

Written by | Tuesday, 15 December 2015 12:34 |

As part of General Motors’ commitment to invest $1 billion by 2030 in Michigan, the Detroit automaker announced today that a portion of the money will be dedicated to the company’s West Michigan operations.

Property management and development firm Maplegrove Property Management LLC has detailed its plans for a mixed-use project at the 2.25-acre, 234 Market Ave. site in downtown Grand Rapids.

Midlink Business Park near Kalamazoo in has two new tenants.

ProCare Systems Inc., a management company for pain-management medical practices, was acquired by Melville, N.Y.-based North American Partners in Anesthesia.

Private equity firm, Blackford Capital Partners recently acquired Hudsonville-based Grand Equipment Co. for its Michigan Prosperity Fund.

Madcap Coffee to open second location

Written by | Monday, 14 December 2015 10:35 |

The downtown cafe will open its new store at 1041 East Fulton Street in a former autoshop building where the coffee roasting company has a roastery operation, according to a statement.

Syracuse, N.Y.-based Carrols Restaurant Group Inc. (Nasdaq: TAST) has acquired a Burger King restaurant at 3015 South Westnedge Ave. in Kalamazoo, as well as 23 locations in the metro-Detroit area.

Erik May, the owner of Pilot Malt House LLC, had always envisioned expanding his West Michigan-based craft beverage supply chain business to other markets.

Western Michigan University has selected two firms to begin the planning process for the expansion of its Business Technology Resource (BTR) Park.

The Right Place partners with Hello West Michigan

Written by | Thursday, 10 December 2015 09:24 |

The Right Place President and CEO Birgit Klohs announced the partnership, which is expected to begin Jan. 1, 2016, today at the 2016 Economic Outlook for West Michigan event in Grand Rapids.

Bitzer joined the Kalamazoo-based First National Bank four years ago as market president in Grand Rapids after working for more than 30 years in commercial lending in West Michigan.

Joan Budden named CEO of Priority Health

Written by | Monday, 07 December 2015 14:16 |

Joan Budden will become the new president and CEO at Priority Health in January. Budden, who joined Priority Health six years ago as chief marketing officer, succeeds retiring president and CEO Mike Freed as head of one of the largest health plans in Michigan.

Grand Rapids-based Auto-Wares Group of Companies, a supplier and servicer of automotive part stores, recently acquired Chet Nichols Inc. of Benton Harbor.

Grand Rapids-based Todd Wenzel Automotive Group has acquired the Red Holman Buick GMC dealership in Westland, according to a statement.

Varnum, Law Weathers to merge effective Jan. 1

Written by | Thursday, 03 December 2015 14:18 |

Grand Rapids-based law firms Varnum LLP and Law Weathers LLC plan to merge Jan. 1.

Bridgman-based Eagle Technologies Group, a manufacturer of automated assembly, testing and material handling systems, announced plans to open a new facility in St. Joseph Charter Township.

BIFMA ups forecast in latest update

Written by | Wednesday, 02 December 2015 15:23 |

After significantly tempering projections in the second quarter of 2015 as a result of import pressure, the Grand Rapids-based Business Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association's (BIFMA) slightly increased its forecast in the third quarter.

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