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Former prime minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, will visit Grand Rapids on June 19 to speak at The Economic Club of Grand Rapids 30th Annual Dinner meeting.

Spartan Motors Inc. struck a deal with Ed M. Feld Equipment Co. to serve as the Iowa-based dealership’s exclusive manufacturer for fire truck components.

Yanfeng US Automotive Interiors Systems II LLC plans to lay off 27 employees from its manufacturing facility located at 7009 W. Mount Hope Highway in Lansing.

A group of investors hopes to redevelop one of downtown Grand Rapids’ last vacant buildings into low-income housing.

Steelcase Inc. has partnered with global tech to capitalize on the growing market for connected devices in the office.

Universal Forest Products Inc. plans to break into the hardwood products with the acquisition of an Indiana-based manufacturer.

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for March 6, 2017:

• M&A: American Grease Stick Co. of Muskegon was acquired last year by 3 Rivers Capital, a Pittsburgh, Pa.-based private equity firm. A manufacturer of branded automotive fluid transfer lines and related products for the automotive aftermarket industry, AGS has operations in Muskegon and the U.K. The company, which was founded in 1931, sells products through a variety of aftermarket retailers, including Advanced Auto Parts, AutoZone and Pep Boys, according to a statement. 3 Rivers purchased the company for $10 million from the Rosen family, according to a report in the Pittsburgh Business Times. The deal was backed by $9.75 million in subordinated debt and an equity co-investment from PNC Mezzanine Capital. JP Morgan Chase also provided debt financing for the transaction. Metz Lewis Brodman Must O’Keefe LLC of Pittsburgh served as legal counsel to 3 Rivers Capital. The sellers worked with investment banker Stout Risius Ross Inc. of Chicago.

When corporations give to nonprofits, it can show up in many ways, whether on food pantry shelves or in employee-driven projects that improve lives in their communities.

BATTLE CREEK — Over the last year, the Cereal City has experienced its share of bad headlines.

GRAND RAPIDS — Despite the many accolades for West Michigan’s economy in recent years, prosperity hasn’t necessarily reached all people in the broader community to the same extent.

COLDWATER — When Clemens Food Group began searching for a site to house its new 550,000-square-foot pork processing facility, access to wastewater capacity emerged as its top requirement.

Economic developers from West Michigan and across the state increasingly find their roles shifting.

JACKSON — Indian Brook Trout Farm Inc. plans to leverage $150,000 it received through a state grant to win vital contracts with national grocery retailers.

GRAND RAPIDS — Backed with capital from a Chicago private equity firm, Grand Rapids Ophthalmology PC plans to expand across Michigan and eventually into neighboring states.

EAST LANSING — Early-stage investment fund Quantum Medical Concepts plans to invest larger amounts in health care startups after spinning off from its founding organization and securing an additional investment partner.

GRAND RAPIDS — A new home health care provider in Grand Rapids targets a growing demand for service that’s driven by an aging population and changing consumer preferences.

GRAND RAPIDS — A year ago, Joe Brennan felt excited when Spectrum Health’s MedNow recorded 50 patient visits a week as people started to use the telemedicine service.

GRAND RAPIDS — Two stalwart West Michigan retailers are closing up shop, opening up valuable real estate at a time when space is at a premium in the region.

West Michigan construction industry executives believe some of their recent worker training efforts have started to pay off. 

Sometimes in business a small ultimatum can make a world of difference.

Sentiment among automotive suppliers improved during the first part of 2017 as executives regained some degree of certainty following the results of the presidential election.

As automation technology continues to advance, lawmakers and industry insiders are working to determine what role a new wave of robotic workers could play in the future social tax structure.

The notion that a worker shortage is fueling the adoption of automation equipment discounts the role technology can play in helping companies compete. 

Mark Williams worked at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans for about 20 years as an employee of the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. He was laid off in 2013 when the state privatized the facility and turned to contracted workers.

GRAND RAPIDS — Betsy DeVos’ new role as U.S. Secretary of Education under President Donald Trump will require her to step away from some of her vast business interests to comply with federal ethics laws.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan credits closer ties with doctors and hospitals to drive efficiency and quality improvements with leading to lower rates for small businesses.

Despite the rapid expansion of Michigan farmland dedicated to growing hops and grains for the state’s craft beverage sector, experts say the industry has more room to grow. A new Michigan State University Product Center study examines the potential economic impact for Michigan craft breweries to produce beer exclusively with in-state ingredients.

Dennis Eidson will retire as CEO on May 23 after more than 14 years with Byron Center-based SpartanNash Co.

When corporations give to nonprofits, it can show up in many ways, whether on food pantry shelves or in employee-driven projects that improve lives in their communities. But the decisions that go into determining the nonprofits and causes these businesses support often involves a high-level thought process that is increasingly seeking out long-term solutions where companies can drive successful outcomes.

Clark Brothers Construction Inc. filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy today in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan made $122 million in 2016 across all of its businesses, although the state’s largest health insurer again lost money on health insurance policies.

A project to build a 24-unit multifamily development in Hart has secured nearly $3.7 million in loans from the board of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

The parent company of MC Sports says it plans to wind down operations at its corporate headquarters and distribution center starting the end of March.

The state’s economic development body today voted to approve incentives for two mixed-use development projects around downtown Grand Rapids.

Metro Health Village has become a focal point for hospitality projects this week.

The development arm of Grand Rapids-based general contracting firm Orion Construction Co. Inc. plans to build a new hotel in the southwest corner of Kent County.

Post Community Credit Union in Battle Creek plans to merge into Berrien Springs-based Honor Credit Union.

Perrigo Co. plc’s drive to improve operations and earnings includes the elimination of 750 non-manufacturing positions globally.

A long-planned hotel north of downtown Grand Rapids will begin construction tomorrow.

Operations at Family Christian Stores will wind down over the next month, according to a state filing from the company.

Mercantile Bank Corp. plans to open a commercial loan office in Troy that will eventually grow to a full-service branch.

Grocery retailer and distributor SpartanNash Co. plans to unveil a new e-commerce service that will allow customers to order products online and pick them up at a store.

GRAND RAPIDS — The announcement yesterday that Family Christian Stores plans to close all 240 of its stores in 36 states sent shockwaves through an already struggling industry.

Nearly two years after emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Family Christian Stores said today that it planned to cease all operations.

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.