Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for March 4, 2013.
M&A: Revue Holding Company Inc., the parent company of MiBiz, announced it acquired engine, a Grand Rapids-based web development firm. The acquisition allows Revue Holdings to expand is digital offerings for marketers and readers of MiBiz and Revue West Michigan, a local entertainment guide. engine specializes in developing websites, custom databases and SEO strategies for small and middle-market businesses in the manufacturing, nonprofit, hospitality and education niches. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
M&A: Wyoming, Mich.-based Kent Beverage and B&B Beer Distributing of Grand Rapids are merging to form Alliance Beverage Distributing, according to a report by WXMI Fox 17. The new company will employ about 300 people and will cover a territory from Manistee to the Indiana border and inland to Mount Pleasant and Lansing, according to a report on MLive.com.
M&A: Burton, Ohio-based BFG Supply Co., a greenhouse and lawn and garden supply distributor, acquired a 200,000-square-foot warehouse facility in Grand Rapids from lawn and garden wholesaler Commerce Corp., as well as hired 50 former Commerce employees, according to a statement from BFG. Curtis Bay, Md.-based Commerce filed for involuntary bankruptcy and closed its operations in January, according to a report in The Baltimore Sun.
Expansion: Saranac-based egg producer Herbruck's Poultry Ranch expects to invest $17.5 million at three facilities in Ionia County and create 50 new jobs over the next three years, according to The Right Place Inc. Included in the expansion is a $2 million investment for a forced main sewer line that will directly connect to the Lakewood Wastewater Authority. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. awarded the project a $500,000 performance-based Michigan Business Development grant.
Expansion: Two Men And A Truck International Inc. plans to invest $3.9 million at its corporate headquarters in Delhi Township near Lansing, Mich. and add an additional 125 employees over the next five years, the company announced last week. The project was awarded $355,000 in state incentives from the MEDC and $5,000 from the township.
Expansion: Lincoln, Neb.-based Duncan Aviation is expanding its Battle Creek operations. The business aircraft service and support company is adding an additional 6,400 square feet of storage space to the existing 325,000-square-foot business aircraft maintenance hanger. The facility includes a 3,200-square-foot mezzanine level. Construction, headed by Caledonia-based FCC Inc., is expected to be complete in early April.
Expansion: Mercy Health Partners is planning a $96.7 million renovation and expansion project that would consolidate several inpatient services at one of its two Muskegon hospital campuses. The project would include more than 188,000 square feet of new construction and renovation at the Mercy campus on East Sherman Boulevard. New construction would account for $49.2 million of the total project costs, according to a preliminary filing with state regulators.
Expansion: Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan opened an urgent care center in Grand Rapids that alleviates waits and referrals for patients. The idea behind the OAM NOW center is to help patients avoid visiting an emergency room when they suffer an injury and think they need orthopedic care. The center, on Leonard Street in northeast Grand Rapids, has extended hours until 9 p.m.
Expansion: Kalamazoo-based Borgess Health opened a new outpatient medical center to serve northern Kalamazoo County and southern Barry County. Medical services at the Borgess Medical Commons-Delton on M-43 include blood draws and X-rays, plus a family medical practice, cardiology, orthopedic and other specialty health clinics.