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Despite growing operational complexity and a period of industry-led change, office furniture suppliers say they remain optimistic.

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While Gov. Rick Snyder was on a week-long trade mission to Europe, economic development legislation he’s championed came to a halt and of one of his appointees was indicted over allegations related to the ongoing Flint water crisis. Snyder spoke with MiBiz on these and other topics from Milan, Italy.

Published in In the News
Sunday, 14 May 2017 13:49

MiBiz Growth Report: May 15, 2017

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for May 15, 2017: 

• M&A: Muskegon-based KL Outdoor LLC will add a bevvy of new products to its business through a recent merger with GSC Technologies Corp., a Montreal-based manufacturer of kayaks and other plastic products. About three months ago, KL Outdoor — a manufacturer of kayaks, paddleboards and other watercraft — was purchased by New Water Capital LP, a private equity firm based in Boca Raton, Fla. The private equity firm plans to wrap GSC Technologies under the KL Outdoor brand, according to Dan Harris, vice president of sales at KL Outdoor. Harris expects the merger to expand KL Outdoor’s product offerings, as GSC manufactures a variety of products including outdoor furniture, totes and other related products.

Published in In the News

When Siliconature Corp. examined potential sites in West Michigan for its North American headquarters, the company knew finding an existing building that fit its specific needs would be challenging.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 30 April 2017 16:31

MiBiz Growth Report: May 1, 2017

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for May 1, 2017. 

• M&A: Kalamazoo-based Stryker Corp. acquired the assets of Charleston, S.C.-based Cactus LLC, a manufacturer of pharmaceutical waste management systems, according to a statement. Cactus products have been sold in the U.S. since 2012 and have been installed in more than 1,300 facilities. The products will become part of Stryker’s Surgical Safety business, a division of Stryker Surgical Instruments. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Published in In the News

Driven by relatively affordable real estate and a diverse workforce, the West Michigan region has become a growing hub for call centers, administrative back offices and — to a lesser extent — data centers.

Published in Technology

After years of leading the market for its signature technology, Fleetwood Electronics realized it let its position slip away.

Published in Manufacturing

In Michigan and two neighboring states that passed Right to Work laws, wages have grown slower than in three other Great Lakes states that have preserved collective bargaining rights.

Published in In the News

Did you know Grand Rapids is among the fastest-growing local economies in the country? If you spent time with me or The Right Place recently, you certainly did. We’re beaming with pride about the collaboration happening to build and ensure a vibrant, growing city and region with opportunity for everyone. A rebounding business climate and strong placemaking has allowed diverse companies to flourish and find success here, while employing local residents in critical, good-paying jobs.

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LAKETOWN CHARTER TOWNSHIP — Just south of Holland, voters last spring narrowly defeated a local plan to bring high-speed broadband internet service to every residential and commercial building in the township.

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