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Stryker Corp. has acquired Ivy Sports Medicine LLC, a Montvale, N.J.-based producer of products to repair meniscal tears in the knee.

Lake Michigan Insurance Agency, a division of Grand Rapids-based Lake Michigan Credit Union, acquired Minor Field Agency in Kalamazoo.

Universal Forest Products Inc. (Nasdaq: UFPI) today signed a definitive agreement to buy idX Corp. in a deal valued at about $68 million.

Walker-based big box retailer Meijer Inc. will roll out a home grocery delivery service later this month to customers in Detroit and Southeast Michigan.

Wolverine World Wide to expand in Big Rapids

Written by | Thursday, 01 September 2016 09:59 |

Wolverine World Wide Inc. is investing approximately $1 million into an expansion at its Big Rapids facility, which primarily manufactures its Bates brand of military footwear.

Coming off its merger with eMerge West Michigan earlier this year, Grand Rapids-based Start Garden LLC  has spun off its venture capital arm into a new entity.

Moving outside of its Detroit-area market for the first time, Level One Bank plans to enter the Grand Rapids area.

Agility Health Inc. increased revenue for the second quarter.

Global pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. has taken the next step in its proposed $146 million expansion to its manufacturing facility in Southwest Michigan.

Vision Real Estate Investment Inc., a Grand Rapids-based real estate investment firm, has acquired a Big Rapids student housing facility.

SpartanNash names Staples as president

Written by | Monday, 29 August 2016 09:22 |

Food distributor and retailer SpartanNash Co. has promoted COO Dave Staples to the role of president and COO.

GRAND RAPIDS — An investment banking adviser believes the current environment in the contract furniture industry should lead to more deals getting done before the end of the year. 

A private equity-backed company from Lansing has purchased two Algonac, Mich.-based manufacturers. 

The new business dean at Baker College wants to build partnerships with companies around that state to boost the curriculum and give students real-world experiences as they earn their degrees.

At this time next year, economic developers from around Michigan will gather in Holland.

Meijer workers ratify new union contract

Written by | Friday, 26 August 2016 12:12 |

Union workers at Meijer Inc. superstores should soon be seeing more money in their paychecks. The regional retailer’s union employees voted last week to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement that contains wage increases, benefit improvements and flexible contract language, according to a statement.

A number of community colleges in West Michigan will partner with Michigan State University and other institutions across the state to offer joint certificate programs for students interested in the agricultural industry.

An executive with long ties to the West Michigan business community has a new appointment to the leadership team at a Pennsylvania university.

At the company’s quarterly board of directors meeting, long-time executive Tammy Hurley was named the chief accounting officer for the West Michigan-based food distribution and retailing company, according to a statement. She has been in her former role since 2015.

Koops Inc., a manufacturer of custom automation equipment, plans to invest $4.9 million into a new 40,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its headquarters in Holland.

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