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Emerging drone technology is helping reduce costs and save time for a range of West Michigan businesses, from farmers to construction companies and beyond. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 08 January 2017 17:22

MiBiz Growth Report: Jan. 9, 2017

zHere is the MiBiz Growth Report for Jan. 9, 2017. 

• M&A: Grand Rapids-based Irwin Seating Co. signed a letter of intent to purchase American Seating Co.’s architectural fixed seating business in a deal expected to close in March 2017, pending due diligence. The business includes products for stadiums, auditoriums and other large venues. The company’s move to divest a “higher profile part of our business was an extremely difficult decision to make,” Chairman and CEO Ed Clark said in a statement announcing the transaction. The sale comes as American Seating seeks “to optimize its operations and resources in order to pursue significant growth opportunities” in its transportation seating business, where the company will continue to focus. American Seating intends to lay off 80 workers early this year as a result of the deal. However, a portion of that workforce may transition into roles at Irwin Seating, according to the statement. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Published in In the News
Friday, 09 December 2016 10:17

Grand Central Market in Grand Rapids expands

A longtime downtown Grand Rapids deli has expanded.

Published in In the News

Downtown-ish Grand Rapids could finally get a “real” grocery store sometime in the future, if plans from Meijer Inc. and Rockford Construction Co. Inc. come to fruition. 

Published in Design Build

Most research firms project the commercial real estate market in West Michigan will maintain slow but steady growth in 2016. 

Published in Design Build

The operators of Maru Hospitality Group LLC, a popular sushi restaurant with four locations around the state including in the Cherry Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids, plan to open a new eatery in the city’s west side neighborhood.

Published in In the News

Close collaboration between developers and neighbors has helped bring a pair of proposed redevelopment projects closer to fruition in Grand Rapids’ burgeoning East Hills neighborhood.

Published in Design Build
Sunday, 30 August 2015 22:00

Q&A: Paul Amenta, Curator, SiTE:LAB Inc.

As ArtPrize has grown each year in numbers, so too has the scale of many of the projects. SiTE:LAB’s annual, site-specific art installation is evidence of this. Each year, SiTE:LAB works with its curators and a group of global artists to take over a building for the duration of ArtPrize, allowing them to create a piece of art that complements the site.

Published in Economic Development

Developers of senior living facilities see the convergence of favorable demographic shifts and strong economic conditions as providing an opportunity they can’t ignore.

Published in Design Build

Government officials with Kent County would like to vacate an underutilized office building in Grand Rapids’ central business district — that is, if the right proposal comes along.

Published in Commercial Real Estate
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