The closure date of a large coal plant along the Lake Michigan shoreline could be moved up under a proposed settlement agreement between Consumers Energy and multiple environmental and energy groups. In late March, the Jackson-based utility announced it had reached a deal with groups over its long-term energy plan, which includes closing all of its coal units and building out thousands of megawatts of solar energy by 2040.

Published in Energy

West Michigan’s economy plodded along to start 2019, growing slowly as it has been for a decade, according to economist Brian Long’s monthly survey of industrial purchasing managers. Key indexes for new orders and purchases in Long’s report for March eased from February and the index for production “retreated” but remained positive.

Published in Economic Development

Despite a relatively stable outlook for the automotive sector, industry experts have started noticing evidence of “stress fractures” appearing in an otherwise healthy market.

Published in Breaking News

The Right Place Inc. President and CEO Birgit Klohs has one word to describe her reaction to the United Kingdom’s decision yesterday to leave the European Union: Disappointment.

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As craft beer exports present consistent growth opportunities for American producers, internationally-distributing companies such as Grand Rapids-based Founders Brewing Co. note that overseas markets are making up an ever-increasing portion of their sales.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
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Mill Steel acquires Indiana steel supplier

Mill Steel Co. of Grand Rapids purchased certain assets of S&S Steel Services Inc. of Indianapolis, Ind., according to a statement. The deal that closed Jan. 11 helps Mill Steel expand its product portfolio and geographic presence.

Published in Breaking News