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Strong performance in its fleet vehicle business lifted sales for Spartan Motors Inc. throughout 2016.

Demand for lumber throughout the retail, construction and industrial markets drove strong sales for Universal Forest Products Inc. last year.

Bank of America plans to lease 40,000 square feet of space at 250 Monroe NW in Grand Rapids as the bank looks to grow its market presence in the region.

An investment by a Chicago private equity firm provides Grand Rapids Ophthalmology the capital to expand its footprint across Michigan and potentially into neighboring states.

Vander Mill LLC and Long Road Distillers LLC have struck a partnership to further capitalize on the growing market for craft spirits.

Two West Michigan sustainability nonprofits to merge

Written by | Wednesday, 22 February 2017 16:21 |

Michigan’s Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum of St. Joseph has completed its merger into Grand Rapids-based West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum.

Wolverine World Wide Inc. closed its fourth quarter with revenues modestly higher than expected by Wall Street analysts, while reporting full year fiscal results in-line with its previous guidance.

American Grease Stick Co. of Muskegon was acquired last year by 3 Rivers Capital, a Pittsburgh, Pa.-based private equity firm.

Citing financial constraints, heavy-duty vehicle manufacturer Spartan Motors Inc. has ceased its development of the next-generation delivery vehicle for the United States Postal Service.

Plumb Inc., a Muskegon-based grocery chain, has ceased all operations, according to a letter sent to MiBiz.

MiBiz Growth Report: Feb. 20, 2017

Written by | Sunday, 19 February 2017 13:53 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Feb. 20, 2017. 

• M&A: AMI Entertainment Network LLC in Grand Rapids has acquired NSM Music Group Ltd., a Leeds, U.K.-based manufacturer of jukeboxes. The deal for NSM Music marks the first overseas expansion for AMI, a provider of digital jukeboxes and other products for the nightclub and bar industry, according to a statement. Founded in 1951 in Germany, NSM will maintain its independent branding and headquarters. General Manager Martin Agabeg will report to AMI President Mike Maas. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Going forward, AMI plans to invest in NSM and enhance the company’s products and service, according to a statement.

Growing up in Kalamazoo, Rishi Makkar vividly recalls his father working nights mopping floors at a gas station while chairing the criminal justice department at Western Michigan University by day. 

GRAND RAPIDS — The Verve Pipe had billed its show at 20 Monroe Live, the long-awaited new Grand Rapids concert hall, as a 20th birthday party for the West Michigan rock band’s platinum-selling “Villains” album.

A new dashboard unveiled today by a coalition of West Michigan economic developers and other organizations aims to increase accessibility to key data about the region.

Sporting goods retailer MC Sports might need a Hail Mary pass right about now.

Uvex Winter Holding, a safety equipment manufacturer based in Fürth, Germany, has acquired a minority stake in Grand Rapids-based Hex Armor.

Richard Carlson, the president and CEO of the Muskegon-based Goodwill Industries of West Michigan (GIWM), will retire March 31, being succeeded by Jeanette Hoyer.

In a bid to increase transparency among consumers and government, Senate Democrats today announced a bill requiring publicly-traded companies to disclose employees by location.

Special-Lite invests $1M in Benton Harbor

Written by | Wednesday, 15 February 2017 13:37 |

Special-Lite Inc. has invested $1 million in an expansion project that will alleviate capacity constraints and allow for further growth.

LG Chem to expand Holland facility

Written by | Wednesday, 15 February 2017 13:17 |

In another step in a series of hiring sprees, LG Chem Michigan Inc. announced today an expansion project that could yield upward of 150 new jobs at its headquarters in Holland.

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