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New CAW contract not a game changer

Written by | Wednesday, 19 September 2012 11:31 |

The Canadian Autoworkers Union’s last-minute deal with Ford on Monday that averted a strike did little to change the game for West Michigan automotive suppliers, says Mike Wall, director of automotive analysis at the Grand Rapids office of IHS Automotive.

River City Rollform to expand, add new jobs

Written by | Friday, 21 September 2012 10:59 |

Growth of 100 percent in 2010-11 and a projected growth of between 20 percent and 30 percent this year has forced River City Rollform to expand its Norton Shores facility by 11,000 square feet as well as an additional half-dozen jobs.

Latest Comerica Index shows state economy grew in July

Written by | Tuesday, 25 September 2012 06:26 |

More good economic news for the state: The most recent Comerica Bank Michigan Economic Activity Index showed the state’s economy surged in July.

Magna plans $10.1M expansion in Holland

Written by | Sunday, 30 September 2012 10:35 |

A division of auto supplier Magna plans a $10.1 million expansion in Holland Charter Township.

Hip Shot Dot gets $50K from Start Garden

Written by | Friday, 28 September 2012 09:00 |

Only one business idea was on target to receive additional funding at the September Start Garden Update Night event.

MiBiz Growth Report: Oct. 1, 2012

Written by | Friday, 28 September 2012 12:55 |

Here is the Oct. 1, 2012 MiBiz Growth Report, which includes a roundup of news briefs of M&A, joint ventures and expansions in the region:

Trivalent to offer $30K in IT services to nonprofits

Written by | Sunday, 30 September 2012 10:09 |

Trivalent Group, a technology firm based in Grandville, is beginning a philanthropic initiative geared toward helping nonprofits with their technological needs.

Kim Horn, Priority Health’s former CEO, will take over this month as head of Kaiser Permanente’s Mid-Atlantic region.

Ludington hospital explores partnership options

Written by | Wednesday, 03 October 2012 13:26 |

Memorial Medical Center in Ludington is the latest Michigan hospital to seek a partner as the heath care landscape changes rapidly.

Star Truck Rentals acquires Roseville company

Written by | Wednesday, 03 October 2012 15:52 |

When Thomas Bylenga decided he needed to take Star Truck Rentals Inc. into a new market, he didn’t turn to brokers to help identify potential acquisition targets. Instead, he used the post office.

GRAND RAPIDS -- Calling it “one of the very most important things we really need to work on,” Gov. Rick Snyder today urged business leaders in West Michigan to work more closely with the public sector to cultivate the talent base needed now and in the future.

Cities, education need state’s attention

Written by | Friday, 14 September 2012 07:00 |

GRAND RAPIDS — Michigan’s economy may be on an upward trend now, but policymakers and leaders want to know how to maintain that trajectory and prepare for the state’s future economic needs. 

Data point to slowing West Michigan economy

Written by | Thursday, 06 September 2012 11:54 |

The latest data from purchasing managers provides further indication that the economy across West Michigan is slowing, although key indexes showed improvement over the previous month in both Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.

Developer details new downtown project

Written by | Monday, 10 September 2012 06:41 |

GRAND RAPIDS – 616 Development firm is adding to its brick-and-mortar portfolio in downtown and planning to renovate a long-vacant building.

LANSING — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan would transition to a not-for-profit mutual insurance company and begin paying state and local taxes under a proposal rolled out this morning by Gov. Rick Snyder.

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