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West Michigan automotive suppliers have a lot on their plates as they prepare their businesses to be competitive in the coming years. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Political pressures in Washington, D.C. have created uncertainty for transit officials looking to fund West Michigan’s second bus rapid transit line.

MIDLAND — As Chemical Financial Corp. moves toward closing its latest and largest acquisition, David Ramaker remains open to additional deals that would further expand the bank’s footprint in the Midwest.

The automotive industry rapidly approaches a convergence point. 

To move beyond a looming sales plateau, automakers will need to appeal to the generation they’ve long-feared prefers car-sharing services and cycling to owning automobiles. 

Lower fuel prices may have shifted consumers’ buying habits toward trucks and SUVs, but most automotive suppliers believe electric vehicle technology is here to stay. 

GRAND RAPIDS — A statewide coalition of community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College, is vying for federal grant dollars that would provide free tuition for students in key advanced manufacturing programs. 

When we talk about the automotive supply chain, the focus is often on component manufacturers, the companies that produce the parts that are assembled into vehicles at the automakers’ plants. 

BYRON CENTER — As scrutiny over law enforcement agencies mounts in the wake of recent high-profile deadly force incidents, an increasing number of police departments have adopted body camera technology.

ST. JOSEPH — A $160 million expansion and renovation this fall will modernize Lakeland Health’s main campus in St. Joseph, allowing it to operate as efficiently as possible and drive quality outcomes.

GRAND RAPIDS — Two organizations that represent independent physicians in West Michigan could morph into a single new group they formed last year to give greater voice to doctors who operate their own medical practices.

GRAND RAPIDS — When he graduated in 1990 from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, Dr. Norman Beauchamp Jr. told himself he wanted to return some day to give back.

At least two Republican-controlled state House seats in West Michigan are expected to be competitive in the Nov. 8 election as Democrats set lofty goals to retake a majority in the lower chamber.

MUSKEGON — A group of a dozen investors wants to bring a world-class mixed-use development to a mile-long section of the Muskegon Lake shoreline that has been an industrial site for more than a century. 

recent course of events shows how the politics of Washington, D.C. can have a serious, direct impact on the work of local immigrant service providers.

SAWYER — When Greenbush Brewery Co. needed to expand its production facility, co-owner Scott Sullivan faced a conundrum. 

Having started in April as managing director of Holland-based NewNorth Center for Design in Business, Jason Kehrer believes there’s opportunity to expand the nonprofit’s mission to K-12 education. While the “unconsulting” firm typically focuses on applying design thinking to business, government and nonprofits, NewNorth Center has turned its attention to working with teachers, administrators, students and family members at Godfrey Lee Public Schools in Wyoming, as well as other schools. Kehrer thinks that the design-centered thinking approach that’s popular with many private sector organizations has significant crossover appeal for the changing public education sector. Kehrer spoke with MiBiz on how this is playing out. 

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MiBiz Growth Report: Aug. 22, 2016

Written by | Sunday, 21 August 2016 11:24 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Aug. 22, 2016.

• M&A: Dublin-based Perrigo Co. plc (NYSE: PRGO), which maintains its corporate headquarters in Allegan, Mich., will acquire Geiss, Destin & Dunn Inc. (GDD) of Peachtree City, Ga., according to a statement. GDD is a small national distributor of over-the-counter health care and consumer products to non-chain retail stores and institutional markets. Perrigo expects the deal, the terms for which were not disclosed, to close by the end of the month. The deal will strengthen and diversify its U.S. retail network, “providing us direct access to the non-mass retail market,” according to CEO John Hendrickson. GDD previously distributed Perrigo’s products. 

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