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Joe Boomgaard

Joe Boomgaard

Managing Editor

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Michigan needs to do less hunting and more gardening when it comes to economic development

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:14

GR Brewing Co. plans revived

A new project aims to revive a classic name from Grand Rapids’ brewing history and fill a major corner in the downtown entertainment district

Friday, 23 March 2012 09:26

Q&A: Rob DeWit

After two decades in R&D at Upjohn, Pharmacia and Pfizer, Rob DeWit in 2009 joined the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center to help keep scientific talent in the region and grow the state’s life science base. The Michigan Strategic Fund in January awarded SMIC a $600,000 grant. While he said he wasn’t ready to get into the specifics of how those funds will be implemented, DeWit met with MiBiz to discuss the life sciences and the sector’s role in the state’s economy.

Coming out of one of the most tumultuous periods in the history of the automotive industry, ADAC Automotive is aggressively investing in new facilities and technology to position it to diversify into new clients and new industries.

While electric vehicles and hybrids get the headlines, Eaton Corp. is betting that the internal combustion engine still has a long life ahead of it. Automakers are by no means running away from traditional engines. In fact, industry watchers say driving more efficiencies out of the internal combustion engine is still the cheapest option for companies to meet the tightening fuel economy standards.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:19

Alticor surpasses $10B in sales

Growth in developing markets has fueled business for direct-seller Amway, whose parent company Alticor Inc. in February announced global sales had exceeded $10.9 billion in 2011.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 14:29

CWD buys downtown Trade Center building

Grand Rapids-based CWD Real Estate Investment today announced it purchased the historic Trade Center Building at 50 Louis Street NW, at the intersection with Ionia Avenue.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012 11:17

Q&A: Ric Roane

Ric Roane joined Warner Norcross & Judd LLP in 2008 as an attorney in its family law practice group, which he now chairs, and as the white-shoe law firm’s first openly gay partner. Roane, 53, who was just profiled in the firm’s 2011 Diversity and Inclusion report, said he feels safe being out at the firm. He talks with MiBiz about being a successful openly gay professional in West Michigan.

Thursday, 08 March 2012 06:51

Grand Rapids Brewing Co. to open downtown

A major corner in Grand Rapid’s downtown entertainment district will soon get a new signature tenant.

Wednesday, 07 March 2012 12:42

CBRE to move GR office

CB Richard Ellis affiliate CRBE Grand Rapids today announced it will move its office to 634 Front St. beginning March 12.

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