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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.

Hearst buys West Michigan newspaper chain

Written by | Tuesday, 31 January 2017 12:54 |

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.

El Barrio Mexican Grill closes

Written by | Tuesday, 31 January 2017 10:46 |

El Barrio Mexican Grill, a fixture of the Medical Mile dining scene for the last several years, has closed.

A deal with McLaren Health Care fills the final gap in the map for Priority Health’s care network across the Lower Peninsula.

KC Conway is part of a contingent that wants to rebrand the so-called “Rust Belt” into the “Trust Belt.” Part of that initiative includes convincing the Federal Reserve to combine the Great Lakes and Plains regions of the country into one, which he says would have large economic benefits for a part of the United States often considered flyover country.

Macatawa Bank Corp. grew earnings during the fourth quarter and all of 2016.

Fourth quarter earnings flat for Whirlpool

Written by | Friday, 27 January 2017 12:45 |

Whirlpool Corp. ended the fourth quarter of 2016 with earnings on par with the previous year.

Despite single-digit sales growth, Gentex Corp. reported flat earnings to end 2016.

The nonprofit community has a unique opportunity to engage individuals from both sides of the political aisle in meaningful conversations to find common ground. That was a key theme during a panel discussion as part of the 2017 MiBiz Best Managed Nonprofits Awards, held on Tuesday at the Goei Center in Grand Rapids.

With tax credits awarded, the development of three new affordable housing projects in the area should move forward.

Independent Bank reports growth for 2016

Written by | Thursday, 26 January 2017 13:49 |

Independent Bank Corp. today reported higher earnings for the fourth quarter and all of 2016.

Delta Industrial Valves to close Niles facility

Written by | Thursday, 26 January 2017 12:36 |

Delta Industrial Valves Inc. will close its facility in Niles by the end of June.

ChoiceOne Financial Services Inc. ended 2016 with a second straight quarter of record earnings.

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