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GRAND RAPIDS –– BarFly Ventures LLC, the Grand Rapids-based parent company of the HopCat chain of craft beer-focused restaurants, announced Monday that it plans a second location in the area.

GAINES TOWNSHIP –– Developers representing an online retail behemoth are considering a 100-acre site in southern Kent County for a “massive” distribution facility, MiBiz has learned.

HUDSONVILLE –– While the redevelopment of traditional small downtowns across Michigan may look different than the activity in larger, urban settings, municipalities increasingly are defining their visions and attracting investors. 

MiBiz Growth Report: March 19, 2018

Written by | Sunday, 18 March 2018 18:44 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for March 19, 2018.

• M&A: Kalamazoo-based Imperial Beverage Co. will enter the Upper Peninsula market after acquiring the beer distribution business of Bayside Beverage from Highland Park-based Great Lakes Wine & Spirits LLC. The move also consolidates distribution for the MillerCoors family of brands as well as opens a new territory for Imperial, which now has four locations in Michigan, according to President Joe Cekola. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The deal included an 18,000-square-foot warehouse facility in Ishpeming, Mich. as well as distribution rights for Constellation Brands’ import portfolio, the Boston Beer Co. family of brands and a handful of craft beer brands, including Michigan-based Griffin Claw Brewing Co. and Latitude 42 Brewing Co. Imperial plans to hire roughly 20 employees as a result of the acquisition, including four employees from Bayside. A year ago, Imperial also expanded into spirits as an authorized distributor agent for the state. For Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, the deal follows an August sale of beer distribution rights in Traverse City and Petoskey to Grand Rapids-based Alliance Beverage Distributing LLC.

Boyne USA Inc., the Petoskey-based ski resort company that does business as Boyne Resorts, plans to acquire seven properties it currently leases and operates around North America.

Business law firm Bodman PLC has announced that it will move to the 99 Monroe Ave. NW office building in downtown Grand Rapids.

P&G, Ranir settle patent case

Written by | Friday, 16 March 2018 15:48 |

Grand Rapids-based Ranir LLC settled a patent infringement lawsuit brought a year ago by Procter & Gamble Co.

A Northern Michigan fruit cold-storage facility is up for auction as part of owner Cherry Growers Inc.’s liquidation of assets.

A popular west side brewery and restaurant has set its sights on the lakeshore for its third brewpub, MiBiz has learned.

Johnson Controls International plc is reviewing whether it should sell or spin off its battery division to focus on its main HVAC and building electronics business, company officials said this week.

A publicly traded real estate investment trust has acquired a 176-acre blueberry farm in Van Buren County for $2.1 million.

Jackson-based energy provider Consumers Energy plans to build a six-story, $20 million regional headquarters on Grand Rapids’ west side.

Alcoholic beverage distributor Imperial Beverage Co. will enter the Upper Peninsula market after acquiring Bayside Beverage earlier this week.

Muskegon kayak maker to hire 70 employees

Written by | Monday, 12 March 2018 15:48 |

Amid a growing demand for kayaks over the last 10 years, one West Michigan manufacturer is looking to hire 70 employees at its headquarters in Muskegon.

Longtime GVSU facilities exec retiring

Written by | Friday, 09 March 2018 15:17 |

James Moyer, Grand Valley State University’s longtime associate vice president for facilities planning, will retire as of March 31.

As Gov. Rick Snyder works to secure a $100 million commitment for his “Marshall Plan for Talent,” he also wants to tear down silos between the education and business communities.

Herman Miller International exec to retire

Written by | Thursday, 08 March 2018 08:30 |

A member of the executive team at Herman Miller Inc. has announced plans to retire.

In choosing sites other than West Michigan, Amazon.com Inc. walked away from more than $2 billion in incentives offered by three West Michigan municipalities to the Seattle-based online retailer to locate in the region.

One West Michigan-based automotive dealership group continues to grow its Chicago-area presence.

Leading Michigan business executives view the state as having reached “basecamp two” in its climb up the mountain of becoming a top 10 state in terms of jobs, personal income and economic health.

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