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John Wiegand

John Wiegand

Staff writer

jwiegand@mibiz.com

Spartan Motors Inc.’s January acquisition of Smeal Fire Apparatus resulted in a nearly 25-percent increase in first quarter sales for the chassis manufacturer.

Negotiations between Dematic Corp. and UAW Local 1485 are progressing, but the manufacturer shouldn’t expect to win financial concessions from its workers.

GRAND RAPIDS — Following careers in investment banking and family offices, two West Michigan professionals have struck out on their own. 

Proposed federal budget cuts have the potential to wipe out key hop and barley research programs that have helped improve the quality of the raw material supply chain for craft brewers.

Dynamics within the maturing craft beer industry are creating new growth opportunities for suppliers.

HASTINGS — A West Michigan ammunition equipment manufacturer wants an arms maker owned by the United Arab Emirates to pay up.

HOLLAND — Executives at Evoqua Water Technologies LLC expect a combination of aging municipal infrastructure and an increased focus on sustainable business practices to drive interest in its water treatment technologies.

The sector that provides the majority of tooling, fixtures and molds required to manufacture automotive components is facing a crisis.

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