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KALAMAZOO — The launch of a clinical trial in Europe brings a Southwest Michigan medical device startup a step close to the marketplace and an eventual sale.

Fisheries managers witnessed firsthand the devastation caused to coastal communities around Lake Huron when the population of chinook salmon abruptly crashed in 2004.

GRAND RAPIDS — Developers behind a $140 million movie theater and mixed-use district south of Van Andel Arena want to expand the project to include a new office tower and hotel, MiBiz has learned.

As the four partners developed the business plan for Creston Brewery, they faced a key decision that would define the future direction of their company.

A nascent Grand Rapids real estate firm has expanded to the state’s capitol.

Siliconature Corp. will open a production facility in Kentwood, a suburb of Grand Rapids, in a bid to increase sales in its North American market.

As part of a $111.8 million string of acquisitions, Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. (OTCQX: MHGU) will take on eight new Wendy’s locations in Michigan, including its first locations in southeast Michigan.

A proposal for an additional mixed-use, residential redevelopment along Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids took a step forward today.

Two West Michigan dairy producers will collaborate on a wastewater infrastructure project that could spur up to $173 million in future investment in Coopersville.

SAF-Holland Inc. will permanently close its Holland facility by October 2017.

Now that the Affordable Care Act will remain the law of the land, Dominick Pallone would like to see Congress and President Trump work to improve the federal health reform law.

A Pennsylvania plant closure could translate into growth in West Michigan for a global plastic injection molding supplier.

Commercial real estate and city government stakeholders view a soon-to-be vacated riverfront site as an ideal laboratory for testing a more equitable model of development.

The Wealthy Street corridor restaurant scene continues to grow.

Habitat for Humanity of Michigan has a new partner to help support its Housing Counseling and Financial Education program.

Industrial and fastener distributor Manufacturer’s Supply Co. has signed an agreement to sell certain assets to a global industrial supply company.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has launched a $115 million capital campaign to fund the expansion of the art museum, outdoor sculpture park and music venue to meet growing demand.

Herman Miller Inc. closed the third quarter of its 2017 fiscal year with sales down slightly compared to the previous quarter, missing analysts’ expectations.

Michigan legislators hope to make another go with a bill aimed at curbing a tax loophole popular with large retailers.

Blackford Capital has entered the hotel business through a new acquisition under its National Growth Practice.

Sporting goods retailer MC Sports will soon be offering up its leases for bid.

Bolstered by increased order volume from the Americas and Asia, Steelcase Inc. managed to close its 2017 fiscal year on par with the previous year’s results.

Supercenter retailer Meijer Inc. will close two suburban Chicago-area stores in the coming months, according to multiple news reports.

Increasing demand for food safety and animal testing products drove sales higher for Neogen Corp.

A global consumer products company has sued Grand Rapids-based Ranir LLC, alleging the company willfully violated an earlier out-of-court settlement related to its sale of teeth whitening strips.

After two years in the firearms business, Next Level Armaments LLC has expanded its production facility to accommodate a surge in demand for its rifles and components.

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for March 20, 2017: 

• M&A: Grand Rapids-based fuel distributor Crystal Flash Inc. has expanded its geographic footprint into Southeast Michigan with the acquisition of Adrian-based Lenawee Farm Bureau Oil Cooperative, which has more than 500 customers. Two employees will stay on with Crystal Flash, according to a statement. Terms of the deal, which was finalized this month, were not disclosed. Lenawee County Farm Bureau Oil Cooperative serves agricultural, commercial, construction and home heating oil customers. Grand Rapids-based Charter Capital Partners served as financial adviser to Crystal Flash on the deal. The employee-owned company employs 250 people at 15 locations in Michigan.

HOLLAND — Backed by a new $1 million round of funding, Shoulder Innovations Inc. plans to market its implant technology more aggressively to surgeons and health systems.

LAKETOWN CHARTER TOWNSHIP — Just south of Holland, voters last spring narrowly defeated a local plan to bring high-speed broadband internet service to every residential and commercial building in the township.

Roughly a year ago, Jackson-based Consumers Energy became the first major utility in Michigan to propose a statewide network of electric vehicle charging stations.

KALAMAZOO — As he focuses on preparations for the 2018 Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, director Dan Gustin has a lot on his mind.

GRAND RAPIDS — A group of investors hoping to redevelop one of downtown’s last vacant buildings believes energy-efficient infrastructure could serve as one method to achieve greater affordability.

For all the talk of placemaking and city building across Michigan, State Rep. Andy Schor believes something very basic remains missing: local grocery options.

BERRIEN SPRINGS — Two pending mergers with smaller credit unions would extend Honor Credit Union into the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo areas.

MIDLAND — For the third time in two years, Chemical Financial Corp. wants to have more shares on hand to as it pursues additional acquisitions.

Legislation proposed earlier this month in the U.S. Senate could provide a boost to Michigan’s nascent advanced wood products industry.

GRAND RAPIDS — While many companies decry the lack of available talent as a key challenge, one California-based manufacturer cited West Michigan’s workforce as the primary reason it’s moving into the region.

ALBION — A dispute over several large-scale solar energy projects forced a Southwest Michigan solar equipment manufacturer into bankruptcy earlier this month.

Automakers have some more breathing room to weigh in on federal fuel economy regulations.

GRAND RAPIDS — A lawsuit filed last week alleges a West Michigan real estate firm engaged in racketeering and other fraudulent practices in order to charge higher rents at properties intended for affordable housing.

GRAND RAPIDS — As Grand Valley State University expands its presence in the Belknap Lookout neighborhood, it’s juggling myriad concerns that often come with large-scale development.

GRAND RAPIDS — By creating a $100 million venture capital arm, Spectrum Health joins the ranks of U.S. health systems that invest money in companies developing new ways to treat patients and maintain health.

Because Native American tribes are sovereign nations, they’re tax-exempt and have their own statutes and regulations, although they must follow federal law. Tribally owned firms also are exempt from state and federal income taxes.

Retailer J.C. Penney Company Inc. said today that it would close 138 stores nationwide, including at two malls in West Michigan.

Across West Michigan, Native American tribes have started to hang out their own shingle in enterprises that move them away from the familiar tribal-owned casino.

Aerospace suppliers are turning bullish on military contracts ahead of what many see as a surge in defense spending, despite the sector taking a backseat in recent years to the commercial aircraft industry.

JR Automation Technologies plans to invest $1.9 million in an expansion project that will increase production space at its Stevensville operation.

After less than two years in business, Dutch Girl Brewing Inc. plans to close.