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2013 is shaping up as a year for mega mergers and transformational transactions in West Michigan. In July alone, West Michigan public companies announced $10.6 billion in mergers and acquisitions with three transactions involving Perrigo ($8.6 billion), Spartan Stores ($1.3 billion) and Gentex ($700 million).

Published in Finance

Michigan companies will have an opportunity to be recognized for their healthy workplace practices in the second annual awards program for the wellness in the workplace.

Published in Health Biz

Four of the region’s top finance executives will share their best practices and insights into the profession at the inaugural West Michigan CFO of the Year event on Tuesday evening, June 11 at the Goei Center in Grand Rapids.

Published in Finance

Two years ago, Brandon Satterlee and Paul Tefft started The Forest, a design firm serving technology, consumer goods, architecture and other industries. The duo of young entrepreneurs sat down with MiBiz to dis- cuss the West Michigan design community, why they started a company here, and what business lessons can be learned from “The A-Team.”

Published in Design Build

Priority Health, MiBiz and Crain's Detroit Business recognize the 2012 Michigan Healthiest Employers.

Published in Health Biz
Saturday, 13 October 2012 11:32

Magna International to expand in Holland

A division of auto supplier Magna International Inc. is channeling a bright outlook for sunroof technology into a $10.1 million expansion in Holland Charter Township.

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 12:21

Parting Shots - Key Stone

Speaking of job-centric, put this in your jobs pipe and have the Administration smoke it: TransCanada Corp. says its Keystone XL pipeline project is shovel-ready and the company is poised to put 20,000 Americans — pipe fitters, welders, mechanics, electricians, heavy equipment operators, etc — to work to construct the pipeline.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 23 January 2012 11:22

Parting Shots - Mitten Power

Speaking of action, it is beginning to look like federal leaders should actively turn their solution-searching eyes toward Michigan, where a notable economic turnaround is underway and gaining traction, sparked in large part because of our simmering manufacturing renaissance.

Published in Economic Development

For companies that want to export food products, the advice seems simple enough: Go where the stomachs are. As Michigan State University Professor David Schweikhardt told a couple dozen people looking at the potential of agricultural exports, you have to look for “stomach share.”

Published in Agribiz
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 10:14

Don’t believe the Mayans

Happy 2012. While the Mayans are predicting really bad things for this year, we’re actually pretty bullish on the economy and opportunities for growth over the next 357 days.  Maybe it’s because we’ve been listening to local executives, economists and business owners rather than consulting a 5,125-year calendar. Whatever the reason, we’re glad to be off and running with our first edition of the New Year.

Published in Economic Development
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