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Even as West Michigan’s economy continues to improve, its public education system faces considerable uncertainty.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 02 April 2017 12:48

MiBiz Growth Report: April 3, 2017

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for April 3, 2017.

• M&A: Industrial and fastener distributor Manufacturer’s Supply Co. has signed an agreement to sell certain assets to Winona, Minn.-based Fastenal Co. (Nasdaq: FAST). Fastenal expected to close on the deal for Manufacturer’s Supply, or Mansco, at the end of March, after this report went to press. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Hudsonville-based Mansco generated roughly $50 million in sales in 2016 from locations in Michigan, Alabama and Texas. It was founded in 1928. President Jim Mol has operated Mansco for the last 25 years. Mansco supplies a range of fastener products “with a particularly strong market position with commercial furniture OEMs,” a market to which Fastenal “has not meaningfully contributed in the past.”

Published in In the News

By and large, 2016 made for a record year for many in West Michigan’s commercial real estate and construction sectors. 

Published in Design Build

Despite a number of recent global and national industry reports pointing to potential slowdowns in the construction sector, West Michigan contractors say they remain busy and confident for the foreseeable future. 

Published in Design Build

The joint venture known as G.O. Construction, consisting of Grand Rapids-based Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. (O-A-K) and Holland-based GDK Construction Co., has completed $42.8 million worth of construction projects for Hope College in Holland.

Published in In the News

A burgeoning K-12 construction market brought on by the passage of recent school bond proposals stands to create a windfall of new projects for West Michigan’s general contractors.

Published in Commercial Real Estate

BYRON CENTER — An Italian manufacturer of plastic injection molding components expects to capitalize on the growing market for lightweight composite materials as it begins production at its new North American headquarters.

Published in Manufacturing

There aren’t many landlords hanging up “For Lease” signs these days in greater Grand Rapids.

Published in Design Build

Price is important, but it’s not necessarily the most important factor West Michigan companies consider these days when they’re looking for real estate.

Published in Commercial Real Estate

Despite a bullish outlook for construction in West Michigan, one area company thinks its best opportunity for growth lies outside the region.

Published in Design Build
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