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Two senior living providers in Michigan plan to explore a merger to become one organization.

One of downtown Grand Rapids’ signature skyscrapers will be given a new look in the coming years.

An established Grand Rapids-area craft brewery is suing a nearby Byron Center-based brewpub in planning, alleging that the startup’s name is confusingly similar.

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health and a Colorado company have reached an agreement to settle a federal lawsuit over use of the MedNow name for telehealth services.

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP — West Michigan’s retail sector continues to attract investment from outside the state amid an active real estate market.

A West Michigan recycler has acquired a “significant” ownership stake in GLR Advanced Recycling.  

S2 Yachts Inc. will sell its Pursuit Boats brand in a deal valued at $100 million.

SpendMend LLC, a provider of spending visibility and audit and recovery services to the health care industry, agreed to terms to acquire Contract Management Strategies in Los Angeles, Calif.

Joymar Inc. has sold three of its car wash operations to a growing national consolidator of the industry.

Detroit-based private equity firm Huron Capital Partners LLC has formed High Street Partners with insurance industry executives Scott Wick and Randy Koch to focus on deals in the insurance industry. 

Metro Health – University of Michigan Health System today named Dr. Peter Hahn as its next president and CEO.

ACME — As automakers race to incorporate more technology in their vehicles, automotive industry suppliers are starting to rethink their operations in West Michigan and beyond.

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ACME — In his role as president of Shape Corp., Mark White often deals with disruptions in navigating the Grand Haven-based Tier 1 automotive supplier through uncertain business conditions.

ACME — After an extended period of growth, vehicle sales have started to cool at a time when industry-wide uncertainty is hampering manufacturers’ optimism.

GRANDVILLE –– Amid an apartment building boom across West Michigan, the Grand Castle stands out in ways few other projects do.

The number of companies that relocate or expand in a specific area because of economic development incentives is largely “exaggerated.” That’s according to a new report from Tim Bartik, senior economist with the Upjohn Institute in Kalamazoo.

WALKER — City planners hope to encourage downtown-style urbanism in the years ahead along a key suburban commercial corridor northwest of Grand Rapids.

GRAND RAPIDS — Investment firm Grand Angels plans to launch its third venture capital fund, MiBiz has learned.

Grand Valley State University researchers have found the benefits outweigh the costs of Grand Rapids’ investment in green infrastructure to limit stormwater runoff.

SARANAC — Inking a deal with a Chinese firm will allow a West Michigan machine control software developer to reach a broader market, as well as possibly move beyond some legal troubles that have plagued it over the last decade.

So far this year, West Michigan-based automotive suppliers have endured the fallout from supply chain disruptions, wrestled with rising costs related to steel and aluminum tariffs and struggled to fill open positions at their factories.

ACME — Amid a period of technological upheaval in the automotive industry, West Michigan-based supplier Mann + Hummel USA Inc. is reducing project costs and saving time by partnering, collaborating or aligning with larger OEMs.

GRAND RAPIDS — The pending acquisition of 13 offices from an Ann Arbor mortgage company would extend Northpointe Bancshares Inc.’s reach into new markets.

The proposed formation of a trust bank by seven Michigan credit unions gives new fodder to a long-standing battle in the financial services industry.

KALAMAZOO — Diversity and inclusion on college campuses throughout Michigan and the United States remain at the forefront of efforts to ensure a welcoming environment for all students.

With extremely limited inventory for growing manufacturing and industrial users in West Michigan, developers increasingly are focusing on new construction.

A West Michigan automotive supplier GHSP Inc. is planning to move into an advanced tech hub in Grand Haven.

Bulb grower DeGroot Inc. is expanding its facility in Berrien County.

Andi Owen will become the first female president and CEO to lead Herman Miller Inc.

The growing Betten Baker Auto Group has acquired its fifth dealership this year and plans to further expand its presence in Coopersville.

GRAND RAPIDS — Concurrence Capital Holdings LLC has closed on a deal to acquire a Sparta-based telecommunications contractor.

Spectrum Health is asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Denver-area company that alleged the West Michigan-based MedNow telemedicine service infringes on its trademark.

The dissolution this week of a proposed mega-merger between two media giants means the local Fox affiliate will remain under its existing corporate ownership, at least for now.

A West Michigan firm said yesterday that it plans to purchase the Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant.

Perrigo Co. plc plans to “separate” its generic drug business that’s faced significant price pressure and generated lower sales.

A West Michigan investment firm focused on the agricultural industry has acquired its second seed company in the last nine months.

A major new dairy processing plant in Mid-Michigan aims to help alleviate a key challenge for the state’s dairy farmers.

A private equity-backed Blue Sky Vision LLC has acquired Sussex Vision Center of Coldwater.

West Michigan’s economy “is beginning to feel the pinch” from trade tariffs imposed by President Trump, according to a monthly industrial activity index.

GRAND RAPIDS — Manufacturer Midway Rotary Die Solutions has sold to a West Michigan-based private equity firm.

GRAND RAPIDS — Precision Poly LLC, a Grand Rapids-based packaging manufacturer, has new owners.

Triton Industries Inc., the manufacturer of Manitou pontoon boats, has agreed to sell to Bombardier Recreational Products, a Quebec-based vehicle manufacturer, according to a statement.

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A new report by Lansing-based research firm Public Sector Consultants Inc. determined that Michigan consumers sent $18.5 billion out of state with their growing use of e-commerce. The report, commissioned by the Michigan Retailers Association, was released in conjunction with the debut of the group’s Buy Nearby campaign that aims to educate consumers on the benefits of shopping locally. The PSC report found that if consumers switched just one out of every 10 purchases to a local retailer, Michigan would stand to gain $1.2 billion annually in increased economic activity and 10,600 new jobs in the retail industry, which already employs one in five Michiganders. MRA President and CEO James Hallan spoke with MiBiz about the trade group’s focus on the benefits of shopping locally. 

KALAMAZOO — Rather than rely on grants, donations or fundraisers to make money, Midwest Enterprises for the Blind Inc. takes a different approach compared to most nonprofits. 

LANSING — The Michigan Retailers Association wanted to offer its members a way to keep good employees in an industry that frequently struggles with high turnover.

GRAND RAPIDS — After building a solid membership base in the first year, Spectrum Health wants to grow its downtown primary care practice by appealing directly to employers.