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Displaying items by tag: Michigan Economic Development Corp

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 12:42

MOVE Systems expands manufacturing to Walker

MOVE Systems International, a New York City-based manufacturer of eco-friendly food carts and accompanying electrical systems, plans to expand its manufacturing facilities in West Michigan.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 23 July 2017 14:21

New head of MEDC discusses agency’s role in community building

After about eight years away, Jeff Mason has returned to the Michigan Economic Development Corp. Having previously worked at the state’s top economic development organization as a senior vice president for business development, he left in 2009 to head up the University Research Corridor, an alliance of Michigan’s three major research institutions. He’s rejoining the MEDC as its president and CEO, where he’ll lead an organization that’s grown into new focus areas, specifically community development. Mason spoke with MiBiz about these organizational shifts and the new economic development tools the state legislature recently passed to help make Michigan more competitive.

Published in Q&A
Sunday, 09 July 2017 14:26

As real estate market surges, West Michigan creatives ponder their place

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.


Thursday, 22 June 2017 12:16

Snyder recommends URC director to head up MEDC

Gov. Rick Snyder today recommended Jeff Mason, the head of the University Research Corridor that consists of the state’s top three research universities, to lead the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Published in Breaking News
Monday, 12 June 2017 03:00

Nonprofit acquires Lowell golf course to house Kent County Youth Fair

The group behind the Kent County Youth Fair will buy Deer Run Golf Club in Lowell Charter Township with plans to turn the 140-acre site into its new fairgrounds by 2020, MiBiz has learned.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 16:03

MEDC CEO Arwood to step down June 30

The CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) and president and chairman of the Michigan Strategic Fund will step down at the end of June.

Published in Breaking News


Sunday, 14 May 2017 13:49

MiBiz Growth Report: May 15, 2017

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for May 15, 2017: 

• M&A: Muskegon-based KL Outdoor LLC will add a bevvy of new products to its business through a recent merger with GSC Technologies Corp., a Montreal-based manufacturer of kayaks and other plastic products. About three months ago, KL Outdoor — a manufacturer of kayaks, paddleboards and other watercraft — was purchased by New Water Capital LP, a private equity firm based in Boca Raton, Fla. The private equity firm plans to wrap GSC Technologies under the KL Outdoor brand, according to Dan Harris, vice president of sales at KL Outdoor. Harris expects the merger to expand KL Outdoor’s product offerings, as GSC manufactures a variety of products including outdoor furniture, totes and other related products.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 30 April 2017 16:31

MiBiz Growth Report: May 1, 2017

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for May 1, 2017. 

• M&A: Kalamazoo-based Stryker Corp. acquired the assets of Charleston, S.C.-based Cactus LLC, a manufacturer of pharmaceutical waste management systems, according to a statement. Cactus products have been sold in the U.S. since 2012 and have been installed in more than 1,300 facilities. The products will become part of Stryker’s Surgical Safety business, a division of Stryker Surgical Instruments. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 09 April 2017 20:00

Report finds targeting state business incentives, resources could produce better ROI

Michigan could generate higher returns on its economic development activities by targeting the tax incentives it still offers toward high-tech, high-wage industries.

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 02 April 2017 12:48

MiBiz Growth Report: April 3, 2017

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for April 3, 2017.

• M&A: Industrial and fastener distributor Manufacturer’s Supply Co. has signed an agreement to sell certain assets to Winona, Minn.-based Fastenal Co. (Nasdaq: FAST). Fastenal expected to close on the deal for Manufacturer’s Supply, or Mansco, at the end of March, after this report went to press. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Hudsonville-based Mansco generated roughly $50 million in sales in 2016 from locations in Michigan, Alabama and Texas. It was founded in 1928. President Jim Mol has operated Mansco for the last 25 years. Mansco supplies a range of fastener products “with a particularly strong market position with commercial furniture OEMs,” a market to which Fastenal “has not meaningfully contributed in the past.”

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 02 April 2017 16:03

Excess milk supply drives dairy production in West Michigan

COOPERSVILLE — A glut in raw milk production throughout the state is driving substantial agribusiness growth in West Michigan as area processing companies struggle to keep up.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 02 April 2017 15:58

Capital gains: Lansing-area developers focus on mixed-use projects to add vibrancy

As developers from around the Midwest descend on Michigan’s capital region, the Lansing area’s brownfield sites could soon become a lot less brown.



Sunday, 02 April 2017 15:57

Manufacturers must meet new cybersecurity regs or possibly lose government contracts

Upcoming cybersecurity regulations could catch manufacturers off guard and put at risk their ability to perform government contracts.

Published in Manufacturing
Saturday, 18 March 2017 05:30

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Tribes invest in economic diversification via M&A, real estate deals

Across West Michigan, Native American tribes have started to hang out their own shingle in enterprises that move them away from the familiar tribal-owned casino.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 05 March 2017 20:07

Role for economic developers moves beyond corporate attraction, retention as economy shifts

Economic developers from West Michigan and across the state increasingly find their roles shifting.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 19 February 2017 13:53

MiBiz Growth Report: Feb. 20, 2017

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Feb. 20, 2017. 

• M&A: AMI Entertainment Network LLC in Grand Rapids has acquired NSM Music Group Ltd., a Leeds, U.K.-based manufacturer of jukeboxes. The deal for NSM Music marks the first overseas expansion for AMI, a provider of digital jukeboxes and other products for the nightclub and bar industry, according to a statement. Founded in 1951 in Germany, NSM will maintain its independent branding and headquarters. General Manager Martin Agabeg will report to AMI President Mike Maas. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Going forward, AMI plans to invest in NSM and enhance the company’s products and service, according to a statement.

Published in Breaking News
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 14:00

Poultry Management Systems invests $2M in Lowell expansion

An increasing appetite for cage-free eggs among consumers will result in a $2 million expansion project for Poultry Management Systems Inc.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 05 February 2017 16:49

MiBiz Growth Report: Feb. 6, 2017

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Feb. 6, 2017. 

• M&A: The Pioneer Group, a Big Rapids-based publisher of newspapers and an operator of a digital marketing services business, has sold after four generations of family ownership. Owners Jack and John Batdorff sold the company to Hearst Communications Inc., the New York-based publishing giant, according to a statement. The Pioneer Group publishes two daily newspapers in West Michigan, The Pioneer in Big Rapids and the Manistee News Advocate. The company also includes three weekly titles: Lake County Star, based in Baldwin; Herald-Review in Osceola County; and The Benzie County Record Patriot. The company also publishes four Shopper publications. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Through the deal, the Hearst Newspapers division expands its holdings in Michigan, which include the Huron Daily Tribune and Midland Daily News.

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 05 February 2017 16:27

Grand Rapids reports 6 percent ROI with economic development initiatives

GRAND RAPIDS — Stakeholders from around Michigan say they’re impressed with the results the Grand Rapids Economic Development department cited in a recent report detailing the performance of various project incentives.

Thursday, 26 January 2017 14:23

Three Grand Rapids projects awarded affordable housing credits

With tax credits awarded, the development of three new affordable housing projects in the area should move forward.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 22 January 2017 17:09

MiBiz Growth Report: Jan. 23, 2017

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Jan. 23, 2017.

• M&A: Bryan Betten and Chris Baker, two veteran West Michigan dealership executives, have acquired Grand Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Lowell from former owner Harvey Koning. Betten-Baker is in the process of acquiring the remaining Grand Auto Family Services Inc. dealerships owned by Koning, which include facilities in Grandville, Allegan and Lowell, said Pete Ricards, division director at Betten-Baker. The company also is acquiring a Big Rapids-based GMC dealership from Gary Trimarco Automotive group, but is waiting on manufacturer approval from General Motors to complete both deals. 

Published in Breaking News

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 14:00

NVINT Services invests $364,000 in expansion project

NVINT Services LLC plans to invest $364,000 in a facility expansion project that will allow the West Michigan technology company to adhere to its “aggressive growth trajectory” and meet customer demands.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 08 January 2017 15:18

Stryker expansion builds on Southwest Michigan’s life sciences corridor

KALAMAZOO — A major expansion by Stryker Corp. could provide a welcome shot in the arm for Southwest Michigan’s life sciences sector. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 25 December 2016 17:28

2017 Outlook: Steve Arwood, Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Steve Arwood hopes to double down on Michigan’s talent attraction and retention efforts in 2017. The CEO of Lansing-based Michigan Economic Development Corp. sees the demand for skilled workers all over the state and hopes that his organization can help to create an effective talent pipeline. Moreover, the MEDC sees itself playing a large-scale role in the state’s development of high-technology transportation. 

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 25 December 2016 16:29

Grand Rapids apartment developers balance demand, cost as 2017 looms

GRAND RAPIDS — If 2016 was the year of planning for myriad multi-family residential projects around West Michigan, 2017 seems to be the year for execution.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 11 December 2016 16:04

New auto contracts drive growth for SW Michigan contract manufacturer

NEW TROY — After a large bet on the oil and gas industry went south several years ago, Vickers Engineering Inc. struggled to position itself for growth. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 27 November 2016 16:15

Commercial real estate execs optimistic for West Michigan, but remain vigilant

Despite political uncertainty and fears of an impending economic slowdown, commercial real estate and construction stakeholders have faith in the fundamentals of the industry in West Michigan.


Sunday, 27 November 2016 15:58

Payroll tax abatement could bring Michigan incentives on par with other states

LANSING — The Michigan Economic Development Corp. could expand its toolbox of incentives under a proposed payroll tax abatement program.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 27 November 2016 15:51

With Red Cedar Ventures, MSU looks to seed early-stage growth for university startups

EAST LANSING — A new venture capital firm formed by Michigan State University’s research foundation targets a critical need for early-stage capital for startups in the state.

Published in Finance
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 11:38

Snyder names new director for state’s talent development efforts

The state’s Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED) will likely have a new director come end of the month.

Published in Breaking News

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