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MPI Research Inc. is selling to rival Charles River Laboratories International Inc. for $800 million in cash.

Direct selling giant Amway Corp. announced today that its sales dipped for a fourth consecutive year, but it expects a turnaround for 2018.

Great Lakes Scrip Center Inc., a West Michigan-based provider of gift cards for fundraising, was acquired by Minneapolis, Minn-based Blue Orange, a recently formed marketing firm.

Lighthouse Insurance Group Inc. plans to move between 130 and 150 employees to an office in downtown Grand Rapids, MiBiz has learned.

The Rapid secures federal funding for Laker Line

Written by | Saturday, 10 February 2018 11:42 |

The Rapid’s second enhanced transit line connecting downtown Grand Rapids and Grand Valley State University’s Allendale campus can now move forward after clearing a key bureaucratic hurdle.

Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. (OTCQX: MHGU) continues on a growth streak that includes a string of completed acquisitions and a continued effort to renovate facilities.

Footwear and apparel maker Wolverine World Wide Inc. has outlined for shareholders what it cost the company to deal with environmental issues related to its former tannery operations and waste disposal sites.

ChoiceOne Bank plans to open a new branch this fall in Rockford, further expanding its presence in the Kent County market.

Manufacturing Survey: Automation

Written by | Thursday, 08 February 2018 08:22 |

MiBiz and the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center West (MMTC-West) would like to hear your thoughts, strategies and concerns related to manufacturing automation..

A West Michigan firm plans to invest $3.3 million into a large-scale commercial aquaponics farm south of Grand Rapids that will produce fresh salad mixes and locally raised fish.

Herman Miller CEO to retire by Aug. 31

Written by | Monday, 05 February 2018 18:05 |

Brian Walker will retire from Herman Miller Inc. by Aug. 31, ending a 29-year career at the office furniture manufacturer, including 14 years as president and CEO.

Office furniture manufacturer Steelcase Inc. expects to report a loss in its current quarter as a result of the effects of tax changes in the U.S. and France.

Agility Health Inc. will sell its physical therapy operations in the U.S. to a Tampa, Fla.-based management company in a deal valued at $45 million.

A Northern Michigan private-label food processor has sold a business line to Seneca Foods Corp.

MiBiz Growth Report: Feb. 5, 2018

Written by | Sunday, 04 February 2018 14:23 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Feb. 5, 2018

• M&A: Grand Rapids-based Alliance CNC Cutter Grinding Services Inc. was acquired by GWS Tool Group LLC of Tavares, Fla., according to a statement. Alliance CNC is a designer and manufacturer of tight tolerance drills, reamers and micro-tools. With the deal, GWS adds hole-making tool capabilities to its existing focus in round tools, endmills and inserts. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Alliance CNC will continue to operate out of its Grand Rapids area plant with its existing management team. GWS Tool Group is a vertically integrated manufacturer of engineered cutting tools for the aerospace, defense, power generation, automotive and medical industries.

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