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A West Michigan automotive supplier GHSP Inc. is planning to move into an advanced tech hub in Grand Haven.

Bulb grower DeGroot Inc. is expanding its facility in Berrien County.

Andi Owen will become the first female president and CEO to lead Herman Miller Inc.

The growing Betten Baker Auto Group has acquired its fifth dealership this year and plans to further expand its presence in Coopersville.

GRAND RAPIDS — Concurrence Capital Holdings LLC has closed on a deal to acquire a Sparta-based telecommunications contractor.

The dissolution this week of a proposed mega-merger between two media giants means the local Fox affiliate will remain under its existing corporate ownership, at least for now.

A West Michigan firm said yesterday that it plans to purchase the Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant.

Perrigo Co. plc plans to “separate” its generic drug business that’s faced significant price pressure and generated lower sales.

A West Michigan investment firm focused on the agricultural industry has acquired its second seed company in the last nine months.

A major new dairy processing plant in Mid-Michigan aims to help alleviate a key challenge for the state’s dairy farmers.

A private equity-backed Blue Sky Vision LLC has acquired Sussex Vision Center of Coldwater.

Monthly index: Tariffs pinching economy

Written by | Tuesday, 07 August 2018 15:23 |

West Michigan’s economy “is beginning to feel the pinch” from trade tariffs imposed by President Trump, according to a monthly industrial activity index.

GRAND RAPIDS — Manufacturer Midway Rotary Die Solutions has sold to a West Michigan-based private equity firm.

GRAND RAPIDS — Precision Poly LLC, a Grand Rapids-based packaging manufacturer, has new owners.

Triton Industries Inc., the manufacturer of Manitou pontoon boats, has agreed to sell to Bombardier Recreational Products, a Quebec-based vehicle manufacturer, according to a statement.

MiBiz Growth Report: Aug. 6. 2018

Written by | Sunday, 05 August 2018 20:00 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Aug. 6. 2018.

Spurred on by changing consumer shopping habits, West Michigan grocery retailers want to make the task of shopping less of a “chore” by leveraging new technology-driven initiatives.

A new report by Lansing-based research firm Public Sector Consultants Inc. determined that Michigan consumers sent $18.5 billion out of state with their growing use of e-commerce. The report, commissioned by the Michigan Retailers Association, was released in conjunction with the debut of the group’s Buy Nearby campaign that aims to educate consumers on the benefits of shopping locally. The PSC report found that if consumers switched just one out of every 10 purchases to a local retailer, Michigan would stand to gain $1.2 billion annually in increased economic activity and 10,600 new jobs in the retail industry, which already employs one in five Michiganders. MRA President and CEO James Hallan spoke with MiBiz about the trade group’s focus on the benefits of shopping locally. 

Immigrants play an outsized role in Michigan’s small business economy, according to a new research from the Michigan League for Public Policy.

One of West Michigan’s prominent contract medical device manufacturers has been acquired by a Philadelphia, Pa.-based private equity firm.

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