Despite the rapid expansion of Michigan farmland dedicated to growing hops and grains for the state’s craft beverage sector, experts say the industry has more room to grow. A new Michigan State University Product Center study examines the potential economic impact for Michigan craft breweries to produce beer exclusively with in-state ingredients.
Naperville, Ill.-based Franklin Partners LLC, a development and property management firm with offices in Grand Rapids, says it plans a complete internal makeover at the Keeler Building, a 102-year-old building at 56 North Division Ave. that it signed an option to acquire in January.
Many credit unions recorded 2015 loan growth in the double digits, said Kenley Penner, a partner and the head of Plante Moran PLLC’s credit union practice. Penner attributes the results and lending growth to a “relatively strong” housing market that’s driving mortgage originations, coupled with strong sales volumes for both new and used vehicles.
Cider producers in West Michigan and nationwide could have an easier time making and labeling their products under federal legislation that was signed into law on Dec. 18.
Nearly one year into his first term, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters has spent considerable time working on legislation geared toward small business as a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee.
In a year-end interview with MiBiz, Gov. Snyder said he likes the idea behind the bills accommodating Switch Communications Group LLC’s development of a $5 billion cloud data center in Gaines Township, but wants to give them a good review before deciding whether to sign them into law.
West Michigan companies will continue to add workers over the next two years, just not at the rapid pace they have in 2015.That’s according to George Erickcek, a senior regional analyst with the Kalamazoo-based W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
Michigan corn growers are disappointed by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announcement on Nov. 30 that they say fails to require enough corn-based ethanol to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply.
Tesla Motors Inc. wants to strike a compromise with lawmakers so it can begin selling its electric vehicles in Michigan using the same direct-to-consumer model it’s deployed in 25 other states.
A bipartisan team of political and legal players will work around an unwilling state Legislature to expand civil rights protections for Michigan’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The Fair Michigan campaign has launched a statewide ballot initiative that would ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment banning discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender and gender identity.