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2018 M&A Outlook: A special report from MiBiz

Written by | Sunday, 07 January 2018 18:29 |

West Michigan companies remain active in the M&A market as they seek out growth, expansion and new lines of business. This special report examines the outlook for 2018 and offers a look back at activity last year.

MiBiz Growth Report: Jan. 8, 2018

Written by | Sunday, 07 January 2018 18:44 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Jan. 8, 2018: 

• M&A: Holland-based Lakewood Fab Tech LLC was acquired by Pewaukee, Wis.-based Venturedyne Ltd., the holding company for Holland-based Thermotron Industries, a manufacturer of environmental test chambers and vibration test systems. Thermotron was Lakewood’s primary customer, supplying the firm with various stainless steel components for its test chambers. The companies also are located across the street from each other. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Gentex founder Fred Bauer retires as CEO

Written by | Friday, 05 January 2018 15:42 |

Gentex Corp. founder, Chairman and CEO Fred Bauer has retired effective Dec. 31, ending a more than 40-year career with the automotive supplier, the company announced today in a regulatory filing.

Schuler Books Inc. plans to close its Lansing location in the Eastwood Towne Center next month.

The Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan announced Thursday that Don Simon will be replacing Jim Robinson as company CEO, effective upon Robinson’s retirement June 1.

Foam fabricator G&T Industries Inc. has acquired Woodbury, Tenn.-based upholster Crane Interiors Inc.

Seeking to cuts losses from reduced Medicare funding, Sunset Retirement Communities and Services plans to close a rehabilitation center in Jenison and replace it with a memory center for dementia patients.

BlueJay Solutions Co. has moved into office space in southern Ottawa County.

Consumers Credit Union moves to new headquarters

Written by | Thursday, 04 January 2018 15:50 |

Nearly 150 Consumers Credit Union employees from four different locations have come together in one new three-story, 92,000-square-foot headquarters.

Mixed-use development keeps making its way to the Bridge Street corridor just west of downtown Grand Rapids.

A Mid-Michigan distributor of groundwater well equipment has been acquired by a publicly-traded national competitor.

Lakewood Fab Tech LLC has been acquired by the owner of its primary cross-town customer.

The sibling owners of downtown Grand Rapids bar and music venue The Pyramid Scheme have bought out a long-time partner and are now the sole owners of not only the business, but also the affiliated real estate.’s most-read stories of 2017

Written by | Monday, 01 January 2018 19:52 |

Readers of gravitated to stories about a West Michigan farm operator’s ongoing financial struggles in 2017.

Emeryville, Calif.-based Devon Self Storage has acquired a family-owned portfolio of self-storage facilities including two in Holland Charter Township and another in Georgetown Township.

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