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Joe Boomgaard

Joe Boomgaard

Editor, covers craft beverage industry.
Twitter: @jboomgaard
Email: [email protected]

Tuesday, 27 September 2022 13:01

Mobile Defenders acquired by industry leader in wholesale mobile device repair parts

GAINES TWP. — Joining forces with its largest competitor will give Mobile Defenders LLC an opportunity to become part of the dominant player in the wholesale mobile device repair parts market with increased economies of scale. 

Wednesday, 14 September 2022 09:01

PE-backed Kamps Inc. closes 3 deals in 30 days

WALKER — Pallet solutions firm Kamps Inc. has kicked its dealmaking into high gear over the last month, closing on acquisitions that expand the company’s footprint into Minnesota and deepen its presence in Florida.

Tuesday, 13 September 2022 16:11

Shyft Group secures first pre-orders for electric delivery vans

The Shyft Group Inc.’s Blue Arc EV Solutions brand has secured its first 2,000-unit pre-order for its new line of electric Class 3, 4 and 5 walk-in delivery vans. 


Sunday, 11 September 2022 18:55

Comfort Research co-founder forms PE firm to pursue direct-to-consumer products deals

A Q&A with Matt Jung, founder of Orange Dot Ventures LLC

Tuesday, 06 September 2022 16:30

Muskegon ranks 4th nationally for construction job growth, but workforce challenges persist

Construction employment in the Muskegon metropolitan area grew at the fourth fastest rate nationally from July 2021 to July of this year. 

Friday, 02 September 2022 11:10

Orange Dot Ventures, new PE firm from Comfort Research co-founder Matt Jung, completes first deals

A new West Michigan private equity firm has kicked off with a pair of deals for direct-to-consumer products companies. 



Tuesday, 30 August 2022 11:58

SE Michigan dealer group scoops up Keller Ford store in Walker

WALKER — Keller Ford Inc. has sold to a southeast Michigan dealership group. 

Friday, 26 August 2022 12:55

Larry J. Bell Library Foundation ‘two years ahead of schedule’ after purchasing Food Dance building 

KALAMAZOO — After exiting from the brewery he founded in 1985, Larry Bell initially planned to create a new downtown space to house his collection of Michigan history books, jazz artifacts and historic brewery industry memorabilia. 

Friday, 26 August 2022 12:27

Buoyed by recent craft beverage exits, entrepreneurial investors redeploy proceeds locally, internationally

Successful exits from West Michigan-based craft breweries are allowing company founders and investors to put their proceeds to work in new ways that reinforce the region’s entrepreneurial culture. 


Friday, 26 August 2022 12:21

West Michigan investors, former Founders chairman acquire Irish whiskey distillery

A group of mostly West Michigan investors, led by former Founders Brewing Co. Chairman John Green, has acquired Natterjack Irish Whiskey maker Gortinore Distillers & Co. after partnering with the company’s founder to avoid liquidation, MiBiz has learned. 

Sunday, 14 August 2022 10:00

Persistent inventory constraints, shifting EV sales model could change dealership format

Anewly built flagship Subaru store that Fox Motor Group LLC opened in Cascade Township simultaneously demonstrates the latest in new dealership technology and what could become a fading part of the automotive retail industry. 

Wednesday, 27 July 2022 00:06

Family owned food manufacturing giant Roskam Baking Co. sells to Chicago PE firm

GRAND RAPIDS — Roskam Baking Co., the quietly massive operation that helped put West Michigan on the map as a center for food manufacturing, has sold to new private equity owners after nearly a century as a family owned business. 



Thursday, 21 July 2022 17:30

DeVos-backed Walstrom Marine expands to SE Michigan via new acquisition

Walstrom Marine Inc., a Harbor Springs-based yacht sales and service company and marina operator acquired last year by Continuum Ventures, has expanded into southeast Michigan with its first add-on acquisition. 

Monday, 18 July 2022 14:24

Fox Motors buys 3 SE Michigan dealerships

GRAND RAPIDS — Fox Motor Group LLC has expanded its holdings in southeast Michigan with the acquisition of three dealerships from Ken Garff Automotive LLC. 

Friday, 01 July 2022 10:16

HanesBrands pays Wolverine World Wide $90M for trademarks as part of lawsuit settlement

ROCKFORD — Footwear and apparel company Wolverine World Wide Inc. is selling the trademarks for the Champion sneaker marketed by its Keds LLC subsidiary to HanesBrands Inc. in a move that settles an ongoing and bitter dispute between the two businesses.


Tuesday, 28 June 2022 11:00

Whirlpool to divest Russian operations 

BENTON HARBOR — Appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. is selling off its operations in Russia. 

Wednesday, 15 June 2022 14:56

Whitmer declines to OK Little River Band of Ottawa Indians’ proposed Fruitport Twp. casino

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she is unable to approve the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians’ proposed $180 million off-reservation casino project in Fruitport Township near Muskegon. 

Sunday, 05 June 2022 18:12

Editor’s Notebook: Off-reservation casino proposals highlight inadequate tribal funding, inequitable federal model

Whether the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians will secure the necessary approval from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to open a casino in Fruitport Township remains an open question, but the answer will likely emerge within a matter of days.


Tuesday, 24 May 2022 19:03

Whitmer asks Interior Dept. to solve ‘unworkable’ timeline involving pair of tribes

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer finds herself in a “particularly unworkable” situation regarding two American Indian tribes in West Michigan, Tribal Business News reports

Tuesday, 17 May 2022 16:09

Gun Lake Investments taps former deal partner to run operations

After a seven-year career in tribal economic development at Waséyabek Development Co. LLC for his tribe, Jimmy TenBrink now finds himself heading up operations for a familiar tribal partner. 

Monday, 11 April 2022 20:27

Newly promoted Gun Lake Casino CEO outlines vision for continued expansion

WAYLAND — In his four and a half years running Gun Lake Casino, Sal Semola has been an architect of growth in helping the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians strategically expand and solidify its gaming enterprise.


Monday, 04 April 2022 12:24

Michigan Economic Development Corp. seeks deeper relationships with state’s tribes

When the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians sought to establish its first 8(a) certified contracting company, the tribe’s economic development arm turned to a key partner within the state of Michigan for help. 

Sunday, 27 February 2022 18:28

M&A Awards: Mitchell helms Waséyabek through M&A-fueled growth spurt

Deidra Mitchell looks back on 2021 as a pivotal year in many ways for Waséyabek Development Co., the Grand Rapids-based investment arm of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi.

Sunday, 27 February 2022 18:42

M&A Awards: Sale to Lion ensures legacy of Bell’s Brewery continues

Throughout his more than 35-year career at the helm of Bell’s Brewery Inc., Larry Bell was known for being one of the most outspoken proponents for independently owned craft breweries in the United States. 


Sunday, 19 December 2021 19:05

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Definitions matter.

For generations, Grand Rapids was known as the Furniture City, a nod to the area’s legacy industry that specialized in employing craftsmen to turn lumber plucked from the state’s hardwood forests into high-end furnishings. 

Sunday, 18 July 2021 17:56

After 27 years, Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians continues fight for federal recognition

GRAND RAPIDS — One would be hard pressed to deny the existence of the Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians, whose ancestors were signatories of numerous agreements with the federal government, starting in 1795 with the Treaty of Greenville.

Thursday, 10 June 2021 10:05

Former Michigan tribal leader faces Senate questioning for top Bureau of Indian Affairs job

WASHINGTON — Former Bay Mills Indian Community Chairperson Bryan Newland told a Senate committee how his firsthand experience growing up on a reservation in Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula would shape his perspective if confirmed to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Wednesday, 19 May 2021 09:04

Rockford Brewing to open new brewery, distillery, pizzeria concept Malph’s Pizza Pub

ROCKFORD — Rockford Brewing Co. LLC has unveiled plans to renovate a nearby historic building and expand with the new Malph’s Pizza Pub concept. 

Friday, 23 April 2021 14:53

Biden administration taps former U.P. tribal leader to head up Bureau of Indian Affairs

The Biden administration on Thursday nominated former Bay Mills Indian Community Chairperson Bryan Newland to the top leadership position for the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. 

Sunday, 14 March 2021 17:45

Sault Tribe EDC celebrates entrepreneurship, offers resources via Sault Tribe Thrive

Growing up in the rural eastern Upper Peninsula, David Goodreau saw his father and grandfathers support their families by starting and operating small businesses. 


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