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Tim Brown, president and CEO of Palo Alto, Calif-based IDEO has joined the board of directors at Steelcase Inc.

Two organizations representing independent physicians in West Michigan will become one on Jan. 1.

Developers of an apartment project along the Grand River north of downtown Grand Rapids secured state backing.

Developers expect to begin construction early next spring on a $52.7 million office and residential project in Kalamazoo that could create a “tipping point” for downtown development.

Westpack shifts ownership after sale

Written by | Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:15 |

Westpack LLC, a manufacturer of protective industrial packaging, has been purchased by Rich Wilson, a 20-year veteran of the packaging industry.

Medical device manufacturer Stryker Corp. expects to invest $130 million to build a new R&D campus in Portage.

Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. will consolidate its operations under one roof in Grand Rapids with the purchase of the former American Seating building at 601 7th St. NW

Sigma Machine Inc. plans to invest $27.8 million in an expansion project that will increase the company’s presence in the Midlink Business Park in Comstock Township.

Holland-based New Holland Brewing Co. and Los Angeles-based Pabst Brewing Co. have announced a deal aimed at increasing New Holland’s sales and distribution.

Metro Health and the University of Michigan Health System say they’ve reached a final affiliation agreement.

Spartan Motors Inc. has acquired Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. of Snyder, Neb. in a deal that will position Spartan as the fourth largest manufacturer of fire trucks and components in North America.

With President and CEO Peter Kjome departing in February, the Grand Rapids Symphony has appointed Peter Perez as interim president and CEO.

GRAND RAPIDS — Detroit-based Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP wants to build a presence in the Grand Rapids market based on the talent the law firm can attract.

MiBiz Growth Report: Dec. 12, 2016

Written by | Sunday, 11 December 2016 16:46 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Dec. 12, 2016: 

• M&A: Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC, a New York-based private equity firm, has acquired the North American operations of New Zealand-based Tenon Limited. The company will be based in Grand Rapids and operate under a new name, Novo Building Products LLC. Novo is a manufacturer and distributor of speciality building products. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Wolverine World Wide Inc. is preparing to bid on a military contract that could result in it producing the Saucony brand of athletic shoe at its Big Rapids facility.

Grand Central Market in Grand Rapids expands

Written by | Friday, 09 December 2016 10:17 |

A longtime downtown Grand Rapids deli has expanded.

The West Michigan Auto Auction received the first Auction of the Year award from the National Auto Auction Association last month for “its excellence in community service,” according to a statement.

Slot car manufacturer changes leadership

Written by | Friday, 09 December 2016 10:12 |

ProSlot Ltd., a manufacturer of slot car parts, recently closed a deal to transition leadership after its current owners decided to retire.

Mophie to invest $685,000 in Kalamazoo County

Written by | Thursday, 08 December 2016 11:14 |

Mophie LLC plans to invest $685,000 in an expansion project in Texas Township, approximately 10 miles southwest of Kalamazoo.

Entergy Corp. announced this morning that it will close the Palisades Power Plant in Southwest Michigan.

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