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Sunday, 18 August 2019 19:00

AUTOMOTIVE ROUNDTABLE: West Michigan automotive suppliers stay steady, despite uncertainties

A decade into the economic recovery, the region’s automotive suppliers continue to ride the wave of vehicle sales volume in the North Amercian and global auto market. Yet, many are bracing for an impending downturn, which analysts predict will occur somewhere in the early 2020s. Primarily, suppliers are planning on weathering any upcoming downturn by banking on investments in new technologies, including electric vehicles and automation, whether through increased R&D spending or through acquisitions. 

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 04 June 2019 09:53

Northpointe Bank parent company raises $25 million from PE firm

Northpointe Bancshare Inc. raised $25 million in capital through a private placement of common stock with Castle Creek Capital LLC, a private equity firm based in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., north of San Diego.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 12 May 2019 22:46

ROUND THREE: Varnum continues program to help startups access free legal help

GRAND RAPIDS — More than seven years, $2 million and 500 companies later, Varnum LLP signed on for a third round of providing free legal services to help new companies get off the ground. The Grand Rapids-based law firm will give away another $1 million in legal services through the MiSpringboard program that launched in 2011 under a push by then-Gov. Rick Snyder to support entrepreneurism as Michigan’s economy began recovering from the Great Recession.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 28 April 2019 18:29

CRAFT BEER ROUNDTABLE: For West Michigan brewers, adaptability remains key to survival in a changing industry

As more generations become exposed over time to the craft beer industry, brewers will face new opportunities to find growth and challenges to their existing business models. Add in a healthy dose of regulatory uncertainty and shifting market dynamics that could easily catch breweries off guard financially if they scaled up too large, too soon and it’s easy to see that the craft brewing industry remains in a state of constant flux.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 14 April 2019 20:43

Real estate transactions need to address PFAS during due diligence

Until a couple of years ago, environmental assessments for property transactions did not include checking for PFAS contamination. Now, it has become standard practice in areas that have confirmed contamination with the family of industrial chemicals. According to legal experts who work in the real estate industry, both buyers and sellers need to complete due diligence when it comes to properties contaminated with PFAS.

Sunday, 03 March 2019 21:15

GAINING MOMENTUM: West Michigan tribes open doors to business opportunities

West Michigan tribes may be relatively new to implementing economic development and diversification plans, but they’ve quickly established themselves as strategic partners for the local business community because of their focus on investing in companies and real estate. Moreover, many of the federally-recognized sovereign tribes are looking to engage with non-tribal businesses, spreading the opportunity beyond just tribal members into potentially powerful economic opportunities across the region.

Published in Economic Development


Sunday, 03 February 2019 21:00

West Michigan auto suppliers ‘under threat’ from tariffs seek to pass costs along

Like more than half of Michigan’s manufacturers, business runs in the family at Grand Rapids-based Pridgeon & Clay Inc.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 03 February 2019 20:52

West Michigan developer targets Opportunity Zones for solar projects

MUSKEGON — A West Michigan solar energy developer is pursuing new projects and job-training in low-income communities across the state that qualify for tax relief under recent federal tax reforms. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 created qualified Opportunity Zones that allow investors to defer taxes on capital gains meant to spur development in low-income areas. While most projects involve real estate development, some developers across the U.S. are beginning to explore the potential for renewable energy in Opportunity Zones.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 20 January 2019 20:13

Wacker Neuson sues Norton Shores after being asked for lost tax revenue

NORTON SHORES — A company that moved out of Norton Shores before its tax abatements expired is now suing the lakeshore community and fighting the city’s demands for repayment of nearly $1 million.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 06 January 2019 10:54

M&A/PE Roundtable: Advisers see strong M&A market ahead, even as distressed deals, due diligence ramps up

M&A professionals expect the dealmaking market to remain healthy in 2019. That’s one of the conclusions from a panel of executives MiBiz assembled to talk about West Michigan’s mergers and acquisitions sector.

Published in Finance
Saturday, 15 September 2018 20:57

Time of distress? Concerned auto suppliers seek turnaround help as challenges mount

A turbulent period full of major disruptions for the automotive industry has translated into business doubling for Conway MacKenzie Inc., a Birmingham, Mich.-based turnaround firm.

Published in Manufacturing
Monday, 03 September 2018 19:00

MiBiz Growth Report: September 4, 2018

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Sept. 4, 2018.

Published in Breaking News


Saturday, 18 August 2018 16:34

Automotive supplier roundtable - Heightened uncertainty tests resiliency for automotive suppliers

So far this year, West Michigan-based automotive suppliers have endured the fallout from supply chain disruptions, wrestled with rising costs related to steel and aluminum tariffs and struggled to fill open positions at their factories.

Published in Manufacturing
Friday, 03 August 2018 23:22

End of a cycle? M&A activity plateaus for West Michigan manufacturers, advisers say

Before Landscape Forms Inc. acquired Kornegay Design last year, the Kalamazoo-based designer and manufacturer of site furniture, accessories and lighting mulled several acquisition targets that shared its design culture and core beliefs.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 29 April 2018 15:28

Three perspectives on the changing nature of the retail industry

It’s been a tumultuous time for large retailers as consumers gravitate to the convenience of e-commerce and consciously shift their buying habits to local options. As these shifts continue to drive change and stress in the retail industry, many stakeholders still believe it offers significant opportunity. In separate interviews, MiBiz connected with retail advisers to gather their thoughts on the state of the industry, why it’s changing and where it’s going. They were:


Sunday, 29 April 2018 15:26

Retailers hope SCOTUS will level playing field with e-commerce regarding taxes

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling expected this summer could either clarify or bring further uncertainty to the debate over when states can force online retailers to collect sales taxes.

Sunday, 18 March 2018 11:02

Independent Bank’s deal for TCSB unlocks NW Michigan market

GRAND RAPIDS — The pending acquisition of TCSB Bancorp Inc. gives Independent Bank Corp. a position in an attractive banking market in Northwestern Michigan.

Published in Finance
Thursday, 18 January 2018 06:00

Bridgman injection molding manufacturer acquired by Chicago PE firm

Kruger Plastic Products of Bridgman has been acquired by a Chicago-based private equity firm. 

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 07 January 2018 00:45

Advisers expect strong deal flow for 2018, despite talent, geopolitical challenges

M&A activity should remain strong in 2018 and perhaps get a push from federal tax reform.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 07 January 2018 00:36

Private equity gets active in health care industry as docs look for options

Physicians considering their next steps in the business have an emerging alternative to consider that would allow them to remain independent.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 12 November 2017 15:03

Grand Rapids real estate firm moves to settle RICO case

GRAND RAPIDS — A West Michigan real estate firm has moved to settle a federal civil lawsuit alleging it engaged in racketeering and other fraudulent activities by charging higher rents at properties once intended for affordable housing.


Sunday, 29 October 2017 12:57

MiBiz Growth Report: Oct. 30, 2017

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Oct. 30, 2017:

• M&A: Stryker Corp. acquired a majority interest in French medical device company Vexim SA and plans to make a tender offer to buy out its remaining shareholders. The Kalamazoo-based Stryker (NYSE: SYK) acquired 50.7 percent of shares and 50.3 percent of voting rights to Vexim, based in Balma, near Toulouse, France. Stryker paid 20 euros per share to funds managed by Truffle Capital, Bpifrance and Kreaxi, as well as Vexim managers. Vexim said the acquisition of the majority stake by Stryker has an equity value of 183 million euros, which equates to about $216 million. Vexim specializes in devices for minimally invasive procedures to treat traumatic spinal pathologies.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 15 October 2017 22:40

Adams of Spartan Motors takes disciplined approach to dealmaking

After steering Spartan Motors Inc. through a series of changes that helped the manufacturer return to profitability, Daryl Adams knew the timing worked to take the next step in the company’s growth strategy.

Published in M&A Award Profiles
Sunday, 15 October 2017 20:00

Breaking ‘paper handcuffs:' Manufacturers search for loopholes to avoid litigation from employee poaching

With availability of talent at a premium, many manufacturers are attempting to lure away key workers from their competitors. 

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 17 September 2017 12:50

AVOIDING ‘CIVIL WAR’ Experts weigh in on how family-owned businesses can avoid damaging litigation

When two former executives of Pitsch Holding Company Inc. filed a lawsuit against three of their siblings in 2007, they probably didn’t know they’d be starting a 10-year war.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:00

Anxiety and uncertainty: Fallout from Trump administration’s plan to rescind DACA

West Michigan educators and at least one business group say the Trump administration’s plan to rescind the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program already is leading to anxiety and uncertainty.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 20 August 2017 10:22

Balancing current needs with future investments, West Michigan auto suppliers plot strategies

GRAND RAPIDS — While the automotive sector may be nearing the end of a strong sales cycle, West Michigan-based suppliers remain bullish on the industry.

Published in Manufacturing

Friday, 28 July 2017 16:48

Adtegrity eyes growth with acquisition of Media Place Partners

Two advertising services companies have joined forces in a bid to create a “one-stop shopping” experience for their clients.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 23 July 2017 14:19

Grand Rapids coffee roaster under new ownership

GRAND RAPIDS — The new owner of Schuil Coffee Co. LLC hopes to leverage nearly two decades of experience in the packaged food and e-commerce industries to grow the 36-year-old roastery.

Sunday, 25 June 2017 20:00

Dispute over 3.3 miles of CSX track in GR could cost some rail customers

GRAND RAPIDS — A dispute over 3.3 miles of railroad track running through the city could soon be coming to an end. 

Published in Economic Development

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