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Fennville-based Virtue Cider has released a new farmhouse-style cider dubbed Percheron Cidre Fermier, a blend of 2012 Northern Spy apples fermented with wild yeast and oak-barrel aged that’s mixed with juice from this year’s harvest, according to a press release.

St. Joseph-based Honor Credit Union plans to merge with SIR Credit Union in the Upper Peninsula. The merger, which requires regulatory and member approval, would create a combined credit union that has nearly $550 million in assets and more than 50,000 members.

Long awaited news from the former General Motors stamping plant, now Site 36 in Wyoming, hit today as Portage-based Kendall Electric announced the purchase of a portion of the 90-acre site to make way for a new 100,000-square-foot facility.

Mercantile Bank Corp. this morning reported strong net income of $3.5 million, or 40 cents per share, for the third quarter, which compares with $2.6 million, or 30 cents per share, in the same period a year ago.

In honor of a recent gift to endow graduate scholarships and graduate school operations, Hillsdale College named its new graduate school of statesmanship after Amway Chairman Steve Van Andel, according to a statement.

Steelcase Inc. (NYSE:SCS) announced today that current President and COO Jim Keane will succeed Jim Hackett as CEO in March 2014, the start of the company's fiscal year. Perrigo Co. shareholders vote Nov. 18 on the proposed $8.6 billion deal for Dublin, Ireland-based Elan Corp.

A subsidiary of Grand Rapids-based Universal Forest Products Inc. (NASDAQ: UFPI) will purchase certain assets of SE Panel and Lumber Supply, according to a statement. The South Daytona, Fla.-based company is a distributor of concrete forming panels and lumber products for the concrete forming and construction industries.

Rockford-based footwear company Wolverine World Wide Inc. reported better than expected revenue and earnings per share in its third quarter, according to a release.

Several West Michigan communities are among the 45 communities receiving a portion of $500,000 in grants from the Department of Environmental Quality. The Wellhead Protection Grant Program, is federal program that provides financial assistance for projects that help protect water supply systems.

Grand Rapids-based Lumbermen’s Inc. is working with CPG Building Products to distribute its TimberTech line of composite products in Michigan, Indiana, western Ohio and northern Kentucky, according to a press release.

Davenport University announced today that it received a more than $327,000 federal grant for a program in the 2013-2014 school year that’s designed to cover tuition costs for veterans to pursue a bachelor of science degree in nursing and ultimately get a job in the field, according to a press release.

Battle Creek-based nonprofit received a grant through its partnership with the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS) via the U.S Food & Drug Administration to provide a 12-month study on workforce capacity issues for food and drug regulators around the world.

Kalamazoo-based Stryker Corp. (NYSE: SYK) announced today that it has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-based MAKO Surgical Corp. (Nasdaq: MAKO), a medical device company specializing in robotic orthopedics.

The board of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority recently approved a new more than $100 million mezzanine financing fund that is expected to help boost development of commercial mixed-used and multifamily housing projects across the state.

Light Corp Inc., a Grand Haven-based manufacturer and designer of specialty lighting products has been selected for a Product Innovations award by Buildings Magazine for its Revo LED personal task light.

Grove, a restaurant in Grand Rapids’ Cherry Hill neighborhood, has been named one of the top 100 “Fit For Foodies” restaurants in the country by Open Table, a provider of online reservations.

Greensboro, N.C.-based Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. could break ground on a new location in Byron Center as early as summer of next year. The company is working with the township on a contract to buy the former Dome World property at 84th Street and U.S. 131.

Steelcase Inc. and Herman Miller Inc. both reported modest sales growth for their most recent quarters.

Yesterday, officials from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Western Michigan University formally signed a long-awaited affiliation agreement at the WMU campus. The boards of WMU and Cooley approved the proposal earlier this year.

Businesses looking for strategies in helping break barriers to foreign markets are in luck. The Van Andel Global Trade Center at Grand Valley State University is sponsoring a workshop to help increase dealmaker knowledge on global communication understanding in business.

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