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Joe Boomgaard

Joe Boomgaard

Managing Editor

jboomgaard@mibiz.com

With its headquarters in Byron Center and with more than 90 stores spread throughout Michigan, SpartanNash Co. (Nasdaq: SPTN) has long been a major employer and a key retail anchor in communities across the state. But after its $1.3 billion mega-merger with Nash Finch Co. last year, the company spread its business well beyond Michigan’s borders. It now has operations in more than 40 states. Of its 16,000 associates, just half are employed in Michigan. President and CEO Dennis Eidson and Executive Vice President and CFO David Staples spoke with MiBiz about whether consumers’ behaviors have changed in the post-recession economic environment and how the company plans to deploy its capital in the new year.

The West Michigan economy thrives on the symbiotic relationship of the region’s for-profit corporations and nonprofit organizations — and, one might argue, the public sector.

Aided by the popularity of beers such as Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Bend, Ore.-based Deschutes Brewing Inc. has grown to be the sixth-largest U.S. craft brewery by volume in 2013. Deschutes started distributing in West Michigan this fall.

Earlier this month, the first six-packs of Lucky Girl Brewing Co.’s signature products started rolling out to Meijer stores and other retailers across Michigan.

Improving sales across all product categories and geographies helped boost Gentex Corp.’s performance in its third quarter that ended Sept. 30.

Sunday, 26 October 2014 22:00

Wolverine open to M&A as it pays down debt

Two years after completing the largest acquisition in the history of Wolverine World Wide Inc., the Rockford-based footwear and apparel marketer says it is again ready to begin looking at potential deals.

The Michigan governor’s race pits two very different candidates against each other.

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