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GRAND RAPIDS –– As city officials retool their efforts to find a new top executive for Grand Rapids, national experts say there’s a ripe market nationally for talent.

In her third State of the City address on Thursday evening, Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss presented the city as being open for business, but acknowledged it also needed to address various economic disparities.

State and federal regulators have approved the proposed $61.8 million merger of TCSB Bancorp Inc. in Traverse City into Independent Bank Corp.

Haworth sales top $2 billion for 2017

Written by | Wednesday, 14 February 2018 15:14 |

Office furniture manufacturer Haworth Inc. reported higher sales for 2017.

The nonprofit organization that administers the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority and several downtown events has new leadership.

Venture capital firm Grand Ventures I LP was among the investors in a Charleston, S.C. software firm that uses artificial intelligence to work with clients to identify and engage with job candidates.

MPI Research Inc. is selling to rival Charles River Laboratories International Inc. for $800 million in cash.

Direct selling giant Amway Corp. announced today that its sales dipped for a fourth consecutive year, but it expects a turnaround for 2018.

Great Lakes Scrip Center Inc., a West Michigan-based provider of gift cards for fundraising, was acquired by Minneapolis, Minn-based Blue Orange, a recently formed marketing firm.

Lighthouse Insurance Group Inc. plans to move between 130 and 150 employees to an office in downtown Grand Rapids, MiBiz has learned.

The Rapid secures federal funding for Laker Line

Written by | Saturday, 10 February 2018 11:42 |

The Rapid’s second enhanced transit line connecting downtown Grand Rapids and Grand Valley State University’s Allendale campus can now move forward after clearing a key bureaucratic hurdle.

Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. (OTCQX: MHGU) continues on a growth streak that includes a string of completed acquisitions and a continued effort to renovate facilities.

Footwear and apparel maker Wolverine World Wide Inc. has outlined for shareholders what it cost the company to deal with environmental issues related to its former tannery operations and waste disposal sites.

ChoiceOne Bank plans to open a new branch this fall in Rockford, further expanding its presence in the Kent County market.

Manufacturing Survey: Automation

Written by | Thursday, 08 February 2018 08:22 |

MiBiz and the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center West (MMTC-West) would like to hear your thoughts, strategies and concerns related to manufacturing automation..

A West Michigan firm plans to invest $3.3 million into a large-scale commercial aquaponics farm south of Grand Rapids that will produce fresh salad mixes and locally raised fish.

Herman Miller CEO to retire by Aug. 31

Written by | Monday, 05 February 2018 18:05 |

Brian Walker will retire from Herman Miller Inc. by Aug. 31, ending a 29-year career at the office furniture manufacturer, including 14 years as president and CEO.

Office furniture manufacturer Steelcase Inc. expects to report a loss in its current quarter as a result of the effects of tax changes in the U.S. and France.

Agility Health Inc. will sell its physical therapy operations in the U.S. to a Tampa, Fla.-based management company in a deal valued at $45 million.

A Northern Michigan private-label food processor has sold a business line to Seneca Foods Corp.

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