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SpartanNash names Staples as president

Written by | Monday, 29 August 2016 09:22 |

Food distributor and retailer SpartanNash Co. has promoted COO Dave Staples to the role of president and COO.

GRAND RAPIDS — An investment banking adviser believes the current environment in the contract furniture industry should lead to more deals getting done before the end of the year. 

A private equity-backed company from Lansing has purchased two Algonac, Mich.-based manufacturers. 

The new business dean at Baker College wants to build partnerships with companies around that state to boost the curriculum and give students real-world experiences as they earn their degrees.

At this time next year, economic developers from around Michigan will gather in Holland.

Meijer workers ratify new union contract

Written by | Friday, 26 August 2016 12:12 |

Union workers at Meijer Inc. superstores should soon be seeing more money in their paychecks. The regional retailer’s union employees voted last week to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement that contains wage increases, benefit improvements and flexible contract language, according to a statement.

A number of community colleges in West Michigan will partner with Michigan State University and other institutions across the state to offer joint certificate programs for students interested in the agricultural industry.

An executive with long ties to the West Michigan business community has a new appointment to the leadership team at a Pennsylvania university.

At the company’s quarterly board of directors meeting, long-time executive Tammy Hurley was named the chief accounting officer for the West Michigan-based food distribution and retailing company, according to a statement. She has been in her former role since 2015.

Koops Inc., a manufacturer of custom automation equipment, plans to invest $4.9 million into a new 40,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its headquarters in Holland.

A call center operator says the loss of a key contract led to its decision to close its facility in the greater Grand Rapids area.

Dialog Direct Inc. plans to shutter its Grand Rapids-area facility and lay off 106 employees by Oct. 17, according to documents filed with the state.

Two mixed-use projects in Grand Rapids received state incentives, following approval from the board of the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) this morning.

Global advertising firm McCann Erickson and sister company Weber Shandwick won nearly $35 million in new contracts today from the Michigan Strategic Fund. 

Michigan should continue to see steady job growth into next year, although manufacturing and the auto industry will become less of a driver.

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