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WYOMING — Advantage Solutions plans to consolidate two Grand Rapids-area offices and move about 450 employees to a vacant retail site along 28th Street SW, multiple sources familiar with the plans confirmed to MiBiz.

Spartan Motors Inc.’s January acquisition of Smeal Fire Apparatus resulted in a nearly 25-percent increase in first quarter sales for the chassis manufacturer.

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. plans to close its Kalamazoo office by 2019.

Attwood Marine will invest $2 million as part of an expansion project to grow its facility located at 1016 N. Monroe Street in Lowell.

Negotiations between Dematic Corp. and UAW Local 1485 are progressing, but the manufacturer shouldn’t expect to win financial concessions from its workers.

Perrigo Co. plc (NYSE: PRGO) said federal investigators executed a search of its corporate office as part of a broader, ongoing investigation of drug pricing in the pharmaceutical industry.

International appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corp. plans to acquire a technology company specializing in online food recipes.

Dutch Girl Brewery Inc. has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan about a month and a half after closing its doors.

A southwest Michigan real estate firm plans to redevelop a key site commercial site along 28th Street SW, according to public documents.

Grand Rapids-based Great Lakes Scrip Center, a provider of gift cards for fundraising, acquired The Manna Group in Palatine, Ill.

Bodman PLC opens Grand Rapids office

Written by | Monday, 01 May 2017 17:09 |

Detroit-based law firm Bodman PLC has opened an office in Grand Rapids, its fifth in Michigan.

The city of Allegan — about 40 miles southwest of Grand Rapids — has received a federal Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant for nearly $4 million, according to a statement.

MiBiz Growth Report: May 1, 2017

Written by | Sunday, 30 April 2017 16:31 |

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.

GRAND RAPIDS — Following careers in investment banking and family offices, two West Michigan professionals have struck out on their own. 

Chemical Bank plans branch closings

Written by | Friday, 28 April 2017 15:42 |

Chemical Bank plans to close or consolidate 16 offices this year throughout Michigan as part of a broader move to trim expenses.

Universal Forest Products Inc. surpassed analyst expectations in the first quarter of 2017, growing annual sales by 24 percent largely due to an acquisition that closed last fall.

Buoyed by continued strength in the automotive market, Gentex Corp. reported double digit sales growth in the first quarter of 2017.

Whirlpool reports modest growth in Q1 2017

Written by | Friday, 28 April 2017 13:15 |

Whirlpool Corp. grew sales modestly in the first quarter of 2017.

Two Southwest Michigan economic development organizations have taken to federal court to argue over who gets the right to use the term “269.”

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.

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