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Spartan Motors Inc. has acquired Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. of Snyder, Neb. in a deal that will position Spartan as the fourth largest manufacturer of fire trucks and components in North America.

With President and CEO Peter Kjome departing in February, the Grand Rapids Symphony has appointed Peter Perez as interim president and CEO.

GRAND RAPIDS — Detroit-based Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP wants to build a presence in the Grand Rapids market based on the talent the law firm can attract.

MiBiz Growth Report: Dec. 12, 2016

Written by | Sunday, 11 December 2016 16:46 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Dec. 12, 2016: 

• M&A: Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC, a New York-based private equity firm, has acquired the North American operations of New Zealand-based Tenon Limited. The company will be based in Grand Rapids and operate under a new name, Novo Building Products LLC. Novo is a manufacturer and distributor of speciality building products. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Wolverine World Wide Inc. is preparing to bid on a military contract that could result in it producing the Saucony brand of athletic shoe at its Big Rapids facility.

Grand Central Market in Grand Rapids expands

Written by | Friday, 09 December 2016 10:17 |

A longtime downtown Grand Rapids deli has expanded.

The West Michigan Auto Auction received the first Auction of the Year award from the National Auto Auction Association last month for “its excellence in community service,” according to a statement.

Slot car manufacturer changes leadership

Written by | Friday, 09 December 2016 10:12 |

ProSlot Ltd., a manufacturer of slot car parts, recently closed a deal to transition leadership after its current owners decided to retire.

Mophie to invest $685,000 in Kalamazoo County

Written by | Thursday, 08 December 2016 11:14 |

Mophie LLC plans to invest $685,000 in an expansion project in Texas Township, approximately 10 miles southwest of Kalamazoo.

Entergy Corp. announced this morning that it will close the Palisades Power Plant in Southwest Michigan.

Peter Kjome, the president and CEO of Grand Rapids Symphony, has accepted a position as president and CEO of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Wege Foundation appoints new board chair

Written by | Tuesday, 06 December 2016 15:58 |

The Wege Foundation of Grand Rapids has named Jonathan Wege as chair of the foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC, a New York-based private equity firm, has acquired the North American operations of New Zealand-based Tenon Limited.

Lynx Network Group Inc. will become part of Cleveland-based Everstream Solutions LLC in a deal set to finalize in January 2017.

Five West Michigan companies rank among the top performing organizations in the nation for providing an inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers.

Universal Forest Products Inc. has purchased its second Australian firm.

Stakeholders looking to redevelop one of West Michigan’s most storied industrial sites and attract high-quality manufacturing jobs have brought on a new partner.

Meijer President Keyes promoted to CEO

Written by | Friday, 02 December 2016 14:42 |

Meijer Inc. President Rick Keyes has been promoted to the role of CEO of the privately-held grocery retailer.

Spurred on by the likes of developers such as Rockford Construction Co. Inc., Ryan Ogle now hopes to make his own mark along the Bridge Street corridor on Grand Rapids’ west side.

Neogen Corp. has acquired Quat-Chem Ltd., a chemical manufacturer of biocidal cleaning and disinfectant products based in the United Kingdom.

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