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A Cranker’s Restaurant & Brewery location in Grand Rapids was shut down temporarily on Thursday upon the orders of the state of Michigan, MiBiz has learned.

Construction management firm Wolverine Building Group has completed its 18-month long leadership transition, the company said Friday.

Tami VandenBerg has decided to step down from the role of executive director at Well House, a Grand Rapids-based nonprofit focused on ending homelessness, citing the current strength of the organization.

The U. S. Department of Commerce awarded the city of Coopersville a $2.1 million grant to improve water infrastructure, including upgrades to the city-owned water system.

When online retail giant Amazon.com Inc. announced the top 20 possible locations for its second headquarters this morning, it did not include Grand Rapids in the list of metropolitan areas up for consideration.

Lansing-based XG Sciences Inc. (XGS) announced Wednesday that it plans to open a new 64,000-square-foot facility near Mason to house production for product platforms and to meet capacity requirements.

Kruger Plastic Products of Bridgman has been acquired by a Chicago-based private equity firm. 

Mercantile Bank recorded slightly lower earnings for 2017, although executives say they’re satisfied with the bank’s performance.

Shape Corp. acquires Ohio aluminum extruder

Written by | Monday, 15 January 2018 21:13 |

Automotive supplier Shape Corp. plans to acquire Trenton, Ohio-based Magnode Corp., a manufacturer of aluminum extrusion.

GRAND RAPIDS — The relationship between two companies involved in a 2016 acquisition appears to have soured, with both entities now pointing the finger at each other in federal court.

A nearly year-long federal court case between two Kalamazoo-area economic development organizations over the use various iterations of “269” in publications and marketing materials has been dismissed.

B&K Technology Solutions Inc. (which does business as Advanced Technology Recycling) has moved its Grand Rapids operations to a 25,000-square-foot facility on Cottage Grove St. SE, the company announced this week.

Automotive supplier Gentex Corp. announced long-term exclusive partnership with a Swedish tech firm.

Acrisure LLC would extend its business to Europe with the proposed purchase of a London-based insurance broker.

Great Lakes Management Services Organization, the company formed last spring with private equity firm Sterling Partners’ acquisition of Grand Rapids Ophthalmology, acquired Shoreline Vision in Muskegon.

Betten Baker acquires Cadillac dealership

Written by | Monday, 08 January 2018 16:30 |

A growing West Michigan dealership group has acquired a store in Cadillac.

Automotive supplier Gentex Corp. has taken an equity stake in Boulder, Colo.-based tech firm Yonomi as part of a $5 million Series A financial round.

Surpassing 100 procedures for both heart and lung transplants shows the steady progress made in the programs Spectrum Health launched earlier this decade.

Arconic to expand in Whitehall, create 38 jobs

Written by | Monday, 08 January 2018 11:17 |

Arconic Inc. will invest $10 million into its existing Whitehall-based facility that’s expected to create 38 jobs over the next several years, according to a statement.

Perrigo names new CEO

Written by | Monday, 08 January 2018 10:43 |

Uwe Rohrhoff, a veteran pharmaceutical industry executive who previously ran Germany’s Gerresheimer AG, was named today as the new president and CEO at Perrigo Co. plc.

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