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The passage of a new statewide economic development incentive for attracting new good-paying jobs could pay dividends in West Michigan, regardless of whether companies in the region use it.

Wolverine Worldwide Inc. has licensed its Stride Rite brand of children’s footwear to New York-based Vida Shoes International.

VAI researcher secures $7.8M federal grant

Written by | Wednesday, 31 May 2017 15:09 |

Peter Jones, the chief scientific officer of the Van Andel Research Institute, received a $7.8 million, seven-year grant from the National Cancer Institute.

A Canadian mineral exploration company has purchased the mineral exploration rights for a considerable swath of Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula.

MC Sports bankruptcy case enters next stage

Written by | Tuesday, 30 May 2017 14:40 |

With all of its retail outlets now closed, Grand Rapids-based sporting goods retailer MC Sports appears to have entered a new chapter in its three-month old federal bankruptcy.

Bodman PLC became the second Detroit-based law firm to enter the Grand Rapids market in recent months with the opening of a new downtown office.

MiBiz Growth Report: May 30, 2017

Written by | Sunday, 28 May 2017 16:40 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for May 30, 2017: 

• M&A: Grand Rapids-based FEDCom Credit Union, which has three offices in the Grand Rapids area with 7,654 members and assets of $67.6 million, proposed to merge into Midland-based Members First Credit Union. Members First has eight offices, 50,680 members and $480 million in assets. The deal was listed in a monthly activity report issued by state regulators.

Deals in the craft beer sector have become commonplace in recent years, but now the deal flow has spread to Michigan’s more mature wine industry.

Spartan Motors appoints new chairman

Written by | Thursday, 25 May 2017 16:29 |

Spartan Motors Inc. has appointed James Sharman to serve as chairman of the company’s board of directors.

Harmony Brewing plans expansion in Eastown

Written by | Thursday, 25 May 2017 16:26 |

The owners of an Eastown brewpub have plans for a significant expansion.

MEDC CEO Arwood to step down June 30

Written by | Wednesday, 24 May 2017 16:03 |

The CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) and president and chairman of the Michigan Strategic Fund will step down at the end of June.

Downtown GR retailer expands to larger space

Written by | Wednesday, 24 May 2017 14:47 |

Boutique retailer Apothecary off Main plans to expand its presence in downtown Grand Rapids.

Jim Hackett, the former top executive at Grand Rapids-based office furniture manufacturer Steelcase Inc., has been tapped to lead Ford Motor Co.

Automotive and manufacturing employment in Michigan will ease during 2017 as vehicle production dips, according to a new outlook from Comerica Inc.

Investors continue to seek out housing opportunities in West Michigan.

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