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Data point to slowing West Michigan economy

Written by | Thursday, 06 September 2012 11:54 |

The latest data from purchasing managers provides further indication that the economy across West Michigan is slowing, although key indexes showed improvement over the previous month in both Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.

Developer details new downtown project

Written by | Monday, 10 September 2012 06:41 |

GRAND RAPIDS – 616 Development firm is adding to its brick-and-mortar portfolio in downtown and planning to renovate a long-vacant building.

LANSING — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan would transition to a not-for-profit mutual insurance company and begin paying state and local taxes under a proposal rolled out this morning by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Design Plus merges with Progressive AE

Written by | Wednesday, 12 September 2012 08:40 |

GRAND RAPIDS — A busy summer of merger-and-acquisition activity among local architectural firms continues to reshape the competitive landscape for building design. On Monday, two Grand Rapids-based firms, Progressive AE and Design Plus, announced they would merge, marking the third transaction involving West Michigan architecture firms since July.

GRAND RAPIDS — Regardless of what happens to the Affordable Care Act after the November presidential election, Tom Pellathy knows the health care system must reform how providers are paid and how care is delivered.

Dan Vos Construction gets new leadership

Written by | Tuesday, 04 September 2012 11:46 |

After 11 years in leadership at Dan Vos Construction Co., President Gordon DeYoung today announced his retirement. Dan T. Vos, grandson of company founder Daniel R. Vos, is stepping in to lead the company after serving as executive vice president.

Haworth-AIS deal broadens small business reach

Written by | Wednesday, 05 September 2012 16:34 |

Haworth Inc. has acquired a strategic interest in Hudson, Mass.-based AIS, a manufacturer of office furniture and seating.

West Michigan group seeks global partnerships

Written by | Friday, 07 September 2012 12:53 |

Politicians and business leaders from West Michigan and the Netherlands gathered Thursday night at the Grand Rapids Art Museum to forge new economic ties economic between the two regions.

Wolverine division secures $6M Army contract

Written by | Wednesday, 12 September 2012 16:52 |

ROCKFORD — Wolverine World Wide Inc.’s Bates Footwear division got word today that it had secured a $6 million U.S. Army contract.

GRAND RAPIDS — Start Garden, the Grand Rapids-based fund that aims to help spur start-up activity, has some new digs. 

GE Aviation awarded $9M military contract

Written by | Friday, 31 August 2012 18:28 |

The U.S. military could soon be safer on the battlefield thanks to new technology being developed in West Michigan.

Lam named interim CEO of Kalamazoo Chamber

Written by | Friday, 31 August 2012 18:24 |

Lam & Associates owner Blaine Lam has been named the interim president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce.

WMU starts adding med school faculty

Written by | Wednesday, 29 August 2012 15:28 |

Western Michigan University has started adding faculty to its School of Medicine, which is scheduled to welcome its first class in the fall 2014.

GR, Muskegon partnership unlocks new incentives

Written by | Wednesday, 29 August 2012 15:27 |

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. gave formal approval to a regional economic development partnership between communities and groups in the Grand Rapids area and Muskegon.

Janesville Acoustics of Southfield, one of the world’s largest producers of acoustical and thermal fiber insulation and a leading producer of fiber products, plans to invest as much as $10 million to open a 250,000-square-foot facility in Battle Creek for the manufacture of felt parts for cars and trucks.

GROW program provides access to microloans

Written by | Monday, 27 August 2012 14:20 |

A new program from Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women helped two entrepreneurs access much needed funding.

Three entrepreneurial ideas split $60,000 in second-round funding from Start Garden at the organization’s second update night.

An upcoming event aims to give a boost to local entrepreneurs by helping them understand some new options available to help jumpstart their small businesses.

Holland builder launching Our Brewing Co.

Written by | Thursday, 16 August 2012 00:00 |

Petoskey native Trevor Doublestein, who owns Doublestein Builders in Holland, is building himself a brewery, to be named Our Brewing Co. at 76 East 8th Street in Holland.

Perrigo Co. today reported record sales earnings for the 2012 fiscal year and projects to boost profitability even higher in 2013.

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