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When Brian Kelly first heard about a suburban space to move his Grand Rapids-based photography studio, he ignored the idea for one simple reason: It was in Kentwood.

A partnership could bring a new $30 million entertainment district along with a 10-screen movie theater to Holland’s central business district.

ScentLok Technologies Inc. acquired the assets of Minnesota-based Robinson Outdoor Products LLC from Chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday.

Order volatility in the office furniture industry continued to affect sales for Herman Miller Inc.

WYOMING — Six months into its new life as part of the University of Michigan Health System, Metro Health has a clearer view of its future based on capital investments to drive growth.

The malware attack against a Grand Rapids-based medical supplier serves as a reminder of the constant cyber threats businesses of all sizes face.

Ask West Michigan manufacturers how they’re addressing the challenges of finding qualified workers, and many of them likely will cite automation equipment as a key part of their solution.

HAMILTON — An artistic metal foundry once headquartered in Chicago has relocated its operations to Southwest Michigan.

ALBION — After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year, Patriot Solar Group LLC won a minor court victory late last month to keep its case moving forward.

While West Michigan’s affordable housing crisis may pale in comparison to situations in other larger metro areas, disparate groups are taking a hands-on approach to the problem.

GRAND RAPIDS — After running into challenges with leasing retail space at a prominent downtown redevelopment, a DeVos-held entity got permission from the state to delay its incentive loan repayments.

Real estate projects to watch

Written by | Sunday, 09 July 2017 14:37 |

With a commercial real estate development pipeline that stretches into 2019, the forecast for the industry in West Michigan remains bright. MiBiz periodically checks in on the status of proposed developments. This report highlights several projects from around West Michigan and examines where they currently sit in the development pipeline.

GRAND RAPIDS — Agility Health Inc. expects to complete a debt restructuring by this fall that would deleverage the company so it can get back to growing again and achieve profitability.

Small, independently owned power plants across Michigan are locked in a battle with Jackson-based Consumers Energy over what may very well decide their fate.

GRAND RAPIDS — Based on the success of prior technology workshops, a local nonprofit plans to leverage its partnership with a Detroit-based training firm to support a bootcamp specifically for women.

Justine Burdette took over leadership of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West early this year after the organization’s long-time director, Bill Small, departed to pursue a career in education. With a background in liberal arts and art history, Burdette — who worked as an executive assistant to Small — brings a new perspective and problem-solving skills to guide MMTC-West through the next evolution of manufacturing. Burdette believes manufacturers will need to integrate new connected technologies, cybersecurity and other measures to compete in the future. She spoke with MiBiz about what skills she brings to the table and her long-term outlook for the organization.

MiBiz Growth Report: July 10, 2017

Written by | Sunday, 09 July 2017 17:37 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for July 10, 2017:

• M&A: Portage-based Carl Walker Inc., an architecture and engineering firm specializing in the parking garage sector, was acquired on June 30 by Wantman Group Inc., a West Palm Beach, Fla.-based design, planning and surveying firm, according to a statement. Carl Walker became a wholly-owned subsidiary of WGI Structures. President and CEO Gary Cudney, along with other key executives, principals and associates, will remain with the company. The company will continue to be known as Carl Walker and will be branded as a division of WGI. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Carl Walker has designed parking structures all over the country, including many of the garages built along the Medical Mile health care development in downtown Grand Rapids. Fayetteville, Ark.-based Zweig Group represented Carl Walker in the deal.

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