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Whirlpool Corp. will layoff an undisclosed number of employees at its West Michigan facilities.

Mingerink & Associates Inc., a manufacturer’s representative for nationwide brands to Midwest retailers and distributors, has been acquired by a private equity-backed firm.

Four West Michigan-based corporations rank among the top five most trustworthy public companies in the state, according to the findings of new research from Grand Valley State University.

With a string of acquisitions completed early in the year, executives at Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. (OTCQX: MHGU) say they will be on the lookout for the right transactions, but also take some time to integrate their recent deals.

One of the largest proposed developments in downtown Grand Rapids in recent years took a significant step forward on Thursday.

Honor Credit Union’s proposed acquisition of Citizens State Bank of Ontonagon has been cancelled, according to a report.

A Battle Creek facility that produces ready-to-eat cereal is closing the remainder of its operations by the fourth quarter of 2018.

Independent Bank Corp. today reported lower quarterly net income of $1.7 million, or 8 cents per diluted share, to end 2017’s fourth quarter, resulting from a reevaluation of a deferred tax asset following federal tax reform late last year.

Industrial equipment manufacturer Burke Porter Group has acquired a Wisconsin-based maker of assembly and testing stands.

ZEELAND — A embattled West Michigan farm operator failed to answer a federal lawsuit filed against it in Missouri and faces new allegations that it failed to pay its bills.

Automation provider Axis Company LLC plans to invest $4 million into a new facility.

Global food manufacturer Kellogg Co. will layoff 14 employees at its Battle Creek ready-to-eat-cereal plant starting March 31, according to a filing with the state this week.

Macatawa Bank Corp. recorded higher earnings for 2017, despite a decline in net income for the fourth quarter from having to revalue a deferred tax asset after federal tax reform late in the year.

Three proposed Grand Rapids developments have received more than $2.7 million in federal tax credits for the creation of affordable housing units.

Chemical Financial Corp. has completed a restructuring that was designed to drive $20 million in annualized cost savings and put more focus on commercial lending.

ChoiceOne Financial Services Inc., the Sparta-based parent company of ChoiceOne Bank, reported lower earnings for the fourth quarter resulting from a one-time charge.

For the fourth time since 2014, the Grand Rapids Downtown Market has asked permission to keep paying only the interest on its loans tied to a state economic development incentive as it seeks to restructure its debt load.

Viking Group plans Caledonia R&D facility

Written by | Monday, 22 January 2018 15:28 |

A Hastings-based manufacturer and distributor of fire protection equipment plans a new research and development facility in southern Kent County.

MiBiz Growth Report: Jan. 22, 2018

Written by | Sunday, 21 January 2018 13:09 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Jan. 22, 2018: 

• M&A: Bridgman-based Kruger Plastic Products has been acquired by Chicago-based private equity firm HC Private Investments, according to a statement. Kruger President Pat Brandstatter and VP of Engineering Dirk Kruger retained “significant stakes” in the custom injection molding company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Grand Rapids-based Varnum LLP served as legal counsel to Kruger, which was advised on the transaction by BlueWater Partners LLC, a Grand Rapids-based investment banking and consulting firm.

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