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JR Automation acquires two Utah companies

Written by | Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:34 |

A West Michigan manufacturer of custom automation equipment has acquired two Utah-based automation companies.

Conway MacKenzie opens Grand Rapids office

Written by | Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:54 |

Management consulting and financial advisory firm Conway MacKenzie Inc. opened an office in the Waters Building on Ottawa Avenue in downtown Grand Rapids office.

A West Michigan-based manufacturer of sterile health care packaging has opened a new 68,000-square-foot plant in China.

Clark Hill law firm merges with Texas firm

Written by | Tuesday, 10 April 2018 16:34 |

Detroit-based law firm Clark Hill PLC, which has offices in Grand Rapids and Lansing, announced that it will merge with a Texas law firm effective Wednesday.

Younkers plans to close Grandville store

Written by | Monday, 09 April 2018 20:58 |

The Younkers department store in Rivertown Crossings Mall in Grandville will close later this year.

Following the February closing of his longtime art gallery in Grand Rapids’ East Hills neighborhood, Richard App plans to open a new space in the central business district — at least temporarily.

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP — Three Michigan natives plan to open a new microbrewery in the Rockford area.

Editor’s note: Last month, the board of directors at the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce came out in opposition to a ballot initiative to legalize adult recreational use of marijuana in Michigan. In a statement, the Chamber said it was concerned about the negative impacts” of the proposal, specifically around employers’ ability to find qualified talent. In this guest column, Canna Communications co-owner Roberta King outlines her perspective about why employers should start thinking differently about workplace drug screening.

AndMark Management Co. LLC has acquired a 136-unit apartment complex in Lansing.

A West Michigan kayak manufacturer plans to open a new manufacturing and distribution facility southeast of Atlanta.

The economy in West Michigan continues to chug along even as companies start to feel the pricing effects of steel and aluminum tariffs.

Parker Hannifin Corp. plans to expand its manufacturing operations in Montcalm County in a move that could create up to 46 jobs.  

A holding company affiliated with Grand Rapids-based Huizenga Group has acquired a local automotive plastic components supplier.

A West Michigan distributor of gases for the food and beverage industry has been acquired by Radnor, Pa.-based Airgas Inc.

A manufacturer of heavy-duty hydraulic pumps, valves and systems has sold to a private equity-backed Texas firm.

Two craft distilleries have agreed to a negotiated settlement in a trademark dispute stemming from a November lawsuit.

MiBiz Growth Report: April 2, 2018

Written by | Sunday, 01 April 2018 10:21 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for April 2, 2018.

• M&A: A subsidiary of Universal Forest Products Inc. (Nasdaq: UFPI) plans to acquire “substantially all” of the operating assets of Marietta, Ga.-based North American Container Corp., a producer of packaging products, according to a statement. The deal should close by June 1. Terms of the deal were undisclosed. The acquisition will add steel, corrugated and hardwood packaging to Universal’s lineup of industrial products. North American Container, founded in 1967, operates nine manufacturing facilities in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin and recorded 2017 sales of about $71 million. Universal Forest Products in February reported that it generated $3.9 billion in net sales with net earnings of $119.5 million for 2017.

Urbaneer LLC, a provider of home furnishings geared toward smaller living units, has spun out of Rockford Construction Co. Inc.

New economic reports show Michigan’s economy making flat to minimal growth.

CQL acquires Ann Arbor digital creative agency

Written by | Thursday, 29 March 2018 09:08 |

Digital services provider CQL Corp. has acquired Union Digital Co., an Ann Arbor-based digital commerce and creative agency.

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