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The Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority board this morning agreed to provide tax increment financing to support a mixed-use hotel development in the core downtown business district.

Betten-Baker acquires Big Rapids dealership

Written by | Wednesday, 08 February 2017 08:58 |

The Betten-Baker auto dealer group has expanded to Big Rapids with the acquisition of Gary Trimarco Chevrolet Buick GMC.

As the nation’s political and macroeconomic climate changes, The Right Place Inc. says it needs to adapt how it measures its impact.

Amway sales dip for third consecutive year

Written by | Wednesday, 08 February 2017 06:00 |

Sales at direct-selling giant Amway Corp. slid for the third consecutive year as key international markets softened in 2016.

Michigan was among 44 states that added solar energy jobs last year.

Herman Miller Inc. will centralize its leadership and integrate functions of several business segments bid to better streamline its organizational structure and accelerate growth.

Perrigo Co. plc today struck a deal that gave an activist shareholder three seats on its board of directors.

Wolverine World Wide Inc. has reorganized its leadership team by promoting one company veteran and hiring a long-time foortwear apparel industry company executive. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Blandford Nature Center has collaborated with local partners on a transformational land deal that could help reshape a neighborhood on the west side of Grand Rapids. 

MiBiz Growth Report: Feb. 6, 2017

Written by | Sunday, 05 February 2017 16:49 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Feb. 6, 2017. 

• M&A: The Pioneer Group, a Big Rapids-based publisher of newspapers and an operator of a digital marketing services business, has sold after four generations of family ownership. Owners Jack and John Batdorff sold the company to Hearst Communications Inc., the New York-based publishing giant, according to a statement. The Pioneer Group publishes two daily newspapers in West Michigan, The Pioneer in Big Rapids and the Manistee News Advocate. The company also includes three weekly titles: Lake County Star, based in Baldwin; Herald-Review in Osceola County; and The Benzie County Record Patriot. The company also publishes four Shopper publications. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Through the deal, the Hearst Newspapers division expands its holdings in Michigan, which include the Huron Daily Tribune and Midland Daily News.

A West Michigan manufacturer of kayaks, paddleboards and other watercraft has sold to a Florida-based private equity firm.

LorAnn Oils expands in Lansing

Written by | Friday, 03 February 2017 11:15 |

LorAnn Oils Inc., a Lansing-based manufacturer and distributor of premium flavorings and oils, plans to invest $1.5 million to expand in Lansing.

Lansing call center to close, eliminating 118 jobs

Written by | Wednesday, 01 February 2017 15:08 |

The Maryland-based Inovalon Inc. plans to close a Lansing call center this spring.

Mercy Health Muskegon president retiring

Written by | Wednesday, 01 February 2017 14:59 |

Greg Loomis plans to retire at the end of June as president of Mercy Health Muskegon.

Anchored primarily by growth in manufacturing and services, Michigan continues to outpace other nearby Great Lakes states.

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