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John Wiegand

John Wiegand

Staff writer

jwiegand@mibiz.com

Universal Forest Products Inc. surpassed analyst expectations in the first quarter of 2017, growing annual sales by 24 percent largely due to an acquisition that closed last fall.

Buoyed by continued strength in the automotive market, Gentex Corp. reported double digit sales growth in the first quarter of 2017.

Whirlpool Corp. grew sales modestly in the first quarter of 2017.

More than a year after first announcing its intentions to close its Grand Rapids manufacturing operations in late 2017, Dematic Corp. may reconsider the move.

GRAND RAPIDS — What started as a business serving a niche of natural food aficionados has moved into the mainstream.

After years of leading the market for its signature technology, Fleetwood Electronics realized it let its position slip away.

West Michigan-based contract furniture companies have muddled through the recent period of political uncertainty and mixed international demand.

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