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First quarter sales for growing restaurant operator Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. reached nearly $100 million.

A lower federal tax rate and collecting on problem commercial loans helped boost Mercantile Bank Corp.’s earnings for the first quarter.

Progressive AE expands with Holland office

Written by | Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:46 |

Architecture and engineering firm Progressive AE Inc. plans to open an office in downtown Holland.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors on Monday awarded Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss its Partner America 2018 Small Business Advocate Award.

HopCat location planned for downtown Holland

Written by | Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:37 |

BarFly Ventures LLC continues to grow its brand of HopCat craft-beer-focused bars.

MiBiz Growth Report: April 16, 2018

Written by | Sunday, 15 April 2018 20:49 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for April 16, 2018.

• M&A: Holland-based JR Automation Technologies LLC, a private equity-backed manufacturer of custom automation equipment, has acquired Setpoint Systems and Setpoint Inc. of Ogden, Utah. The deal further expands JR Automation’s industrial automation offerings for global clients, according to a statement. The acquired companies specialize in automation solutions and motion control systems for the e-commerce and amusement industries. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women plans to spread further into the lakeshore market to support budding entrepreneurs.

About 70 miles north of Grand Rapids, water conservation groups continue to put pressure on a pair of developments that would withdraw hundreds of gallons of groundwater per minute.

Developers are planning a multi-story, mixed-use development in downtown Kalamazoo that could begin to take shape this summer.

The owner of a 370,000-square-foot vacant industrial building north of downtown Grand Rapids has decided to put it on the market.

Dairy processor to expand Wyoming plant

Written by | Wednesday, 11 April 2018 14:39 |

A dairy processor plans to expand its existing facility in West Michigan.

JR Automation acquires two Utah companies

Written by | Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:34 |

A West Michigan manufacturer of custom automation equipment has acquired two Utah-based automation companies.

Conway MacKenzie opens Grand Rapids office

Written by | Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:54 |

Management consulting and financial advisory firm Conway MacKenzie Inc. opened an office in the Waters Building on Ottawa Avenue in downtown Grand Rapids office.

A West Michigan-based manufacturer of sterile health care packaging has opened a new 68,000-square-foot plant in China.

Clark Hill law firm merges with Texas firm

Written by | Tuesday, 10 April 2018 16:34 |

Detroit-based law firm Clark Hill PLC, which has offices in Grand Rapids and Lansing, announced that it will merge with a Texas law firm effective Wednesday.

Younkers plans to close Grandville store

Written by | Monday, 09 April 2018 20:58 |

The Younkers department store in Rivertown Crossings Mall in Grandville will close later this year.

Following the February closing of his longtime art gallery in Grand Rapids’ East Hills neighborhood, Richard App plans to open a new space in the central business district — at least temporarily.

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP — Three Michigan natives plan to open a new microbrewery in the Rockford area.

Editor’s note: Last month, the board of directors at the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce came out in opposition to a ballot initiative to legalize adult recreational use of marijuana in Michigan. In a statement, the Chamber said it was concerned about the negative impacts” of the proposal, specifically around employers’ ability to find qualified talent. In this guest column, Canna Communications co-owner Roberta King outlines her perspective about why employers should start thinking differently about workplace drug screening.

AndMark Management Co. LLC has acquired a 136-unit apartment complex in Lansing.

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