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Partnership drives tech sector training

Written by | Friday, 12 May 2017 10:33 |

A new partnership and grant dollars aim to help train future technology sector employees.

Even as headlines about the death of brick-and-mortar retail continue to pile up, niche retailers from outside the market continue to eye West Michigan for expansion.

Whirlpool Corp. has formally opened its headquarters in Milan, Italy.

As bars and restaurants continue to appear rapidly west of the Grand River, specialty coffee sellers are also getting in on the action.

Concerto Health, an Irvine, Calif.-based provider of specialized care for frail elderly patients who are dual eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, plans to open a clinic in Kalamazoo.

Big Lake Brewing LLC plans to launch out-of-state distribution later this year.

G.B. Russo & Son Ltd. expects to open a new downtown grocery store this summer.

The firm that operates West Michigan Regional Airport in Holland has been acquired by the owner of a company that runs Muskegon County Airport.

An out-of-state platform manufacturing company owned by Grand Rapids-based Blackford Capital has acquired Oklahoma City, Okla.-based Custom Composites.

Fox 17 WXMI could soon share corporate ownership WWMT Newschannel 3, the Kalamazoo-based CBS affiliate.

Kent County received three wide-ranging bids earlier this week for its 104,000-square-foot downtown office building at 82 Ionia Ave. NW.

Small and mid-sized business owners in Michigan are more optimistic about the foreseeable future than they have been in five years, according to a spring survey by PNC Bank.

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.

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