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Downtown GR retailer expands to larger space

Written by | Wednesday, 24 May 2017 14:47 |

Boutique retailer Apothecary off Main plans to expand its presence in downtown Grand Rapids.

Jim Hackett, the former top executive at Grand Rapids-based office furniture manufacturer Steelcase Inc., has been tapped to lead Ford Motor Co.

Automotive and manufacturing employment in Michigan will ease during 2017 as vehicle production dips, according to a new outlook from Comerica Inc.

Investors continue to seek out housing opportunities in West Michigan.

An operator of fast food and other restaurants has added a large portfolio of Wendy’s locations to its portfolio.

An Arizona-based consolidator of car wash operations continues to bolster its position in the greater Grand Rapids market.

Vision Real Estate Investment Inc. today announced plans to begin developing an industrial business park in southern Kent County just south of the U.S. 131 and M-6 interchange.

Hubbell, Roth & Clark opens Kalamazoo office

Written by | Wednesday, 17 May 2017 10:03 |

Bloomfield Hills-based civil engineering firm Hubbell, Roth & Clark Inc. has opened a Kalamazoo office.

Bill Hughson has joined Grand Rapids Ophthalmology as CEO, coming from from IntegraMed Fertility, the largest fertility network in North America with 28 practices where he was CEO and continues as vice chairman of the board. He previously served from 2009 to 2013 as president of the health care group for DeVry Education Group.

Spectrum Health rolls out a new mobile mammography unit next week that will offer breast cancer screenings at Meijer Inc. stores across West Michigan.

Zoetis Inc. plans to expand production capacity in Kalamazoo and increase employment over the next few years.

Huntington Bancshares Inc. will layoff 129 workers in Holland to improve operational efficiencies following its acquisition of FirstMerit Corp. in 2016.

FREMONT — After closing abruptly two years ago, a state-of-the-art biodigester facility in Newaygo County is getting a second life from one of the nation’s leading clean energy investors.

LANSING — A New York-based venture capital firm wants to propel Michigan’s nascent fashion industry to runways everywhere.

MiBiz Growth Report: May 15, 2017

Written by | Sunday, 14 May 2017 13:49 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for May 15, 2017: 

• M&A: Muskegon-based KL Outdoor LLC will add a bevvy of new products to its business through a recent merger with GSC Technologies Corp., a Montreal-based manufacturer of kayaks and other plastic products. About three months ago, KL Outdoor — a manufacturer of kayaks, paddleboards and other watercraft — was purchased by New Water Capital LP, a private equity firm based in Boca Raton, Fla. The private equity firm plans to wrap GSC Technologies under the KL Outdoor brand, according to Dan Harris, vice president of sales at KL Outdoor. Harris expects the merger to expand KL Outdoor’s product offerings, as GSC manufactures a variety of products including outdoor furniture, totes and other related products.

As of May 1, the Grand Rapids-based Michigan Obstetrics & Gynecology P.C. is a part of Metro Health – University of Michigan Health.

Partnership drives tech sector training

Written by | Friday, 12 May 2017 10:33 |

A new partnership and grant dollars aim to help train future technology sector employees.

Even as headlines about the death of brick-and-mortar retail continue to pile up, niche retailers from outside the market continue to eye West Michigan for expansion.

Whirlpool Corp. has formally opened its headquarters in Milan, Italy.

As bars and restaurants continue to appear rapidly west of the Grand River, specialty coffee sellers are also getting in on the action.

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