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The addition of Spectrum Health gives a statewide coalition of health systems a large West Michigan presence and heightens the potential for it to offer employers a new option for benefits.

The medical campus under construction west of Rockford in northern Kent County follows a move by Spectrum Health to concentrate care across its footprint into one-stop locations. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Facing a dearth of high-amenity space in the downtown Grand Rapids market, commercial real estate stakeholders hope developers can soon begin to add Class A office inventory.

The automotive industry has been very good for West Michigan, in spite of the challenges that it has dished up for component suppliers over the last several decades. 

Editor’s note:
 
After more than 13 years of writing the Auto Focus column for MiBiz, Melissa Anderson plans to retire as a columnist, effective immediately, as she winds down her storied career in automotive analysis and research. In the short term, she and her husband plan to travel in the Southern Hemisphere. “I have enjoyed writing the column and it has been a good long run,” Anderson said. Anderson’s business intelligence on the automotive industry will be missed. “Melissa was our ideal business columnist because she was able to talk with a lot of knowledge about trends in the global automotive industry while also providing a lot of local context, examples and data,” said MiBiz Publisher Brian Edwards. MiBiz will continue its search for a new automotive/manufacturing columnist throughout the coming months.

HOLLAND — As robotic technology continues to improve, manufacturers of automation equipment are finding their customers demand larger, more complex systems.

CHARLOTTE — Spartan Motors Inc. has landed on the short list for a potentially large government contract to make the next generation of delivery vehicles for the United States Postal Service. 

With increasing demand for fresh, specialty groceries, Walker-based Meijer Inc. has started to look outside the big box retail format it’s known for, even if the retailer doesn’t like to admit it. 

trio of initiatives from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. aims to increase the flow of capital to startups and early-stage companies in the state.

After leaving their positions at Blackford Capital earlier this year, Jeff Helminski and Jack Kolodny have launched their own private equity firm with a goal to fill a gap in the market.

Metro Health can now begin performing angioplasty on an elective basis after earning state approval.

First National Bank (FNB) of Michigan plans to open a Holland office and has hired a veteran banker as market leader.

Grand Ledge-based Kuntzsch Solutions has come together with Public Sector Consultants of Lansing to form one organization.

McGarry Bair PC, a Grand Rapids-based intellectual property law firm, will move its downtown offices to the recently completed Arena Place mixed-use development at 45 Ottawa Ave. SW.

Coastal Automotive took the first step in its four-year global expansion strategy by announcing a $6.5 million investment to establish a new manufacturing facility in Holland.

M&K Truck Centers has acquired Sterling Heights-based Wiegand Mack Sales & Service.

A West Michigan information technology firm specializing in cyber security, network infrastructure and other services plans to upgrade its facility in Kentwood.

Data Strategy LLC announced this month it would open a sales and engineering office in Atlanta to serves as the firm’s southeastern hub.

The second-generation of the Walcott and Laning families has acquired 50 percent of Premier Freight Management Corp. of Holland.

Metro Health Hospital says it secured a $1 million settlement against the former head of the Metro Health Foundation.

Custom Profile Inc. has acquired the plastic extrusion business from Wisconsin-based Bemis Manufacturing Company.

Four of the top five investments by venture capital firms in the state went to West Michigan companies in the third quarter.

The Grand Rapids chapter of American Institute of Architects (AIA) held its annual Honor Awards Gala last night. Twenty entries were submitted this year, in categories such as: individual buildings, interior architecture and small commercial design. That’s fewer entries than a year ago, but it isn’t a bad thing, according to Thom Danckaert, Grand Rapids AIA board president and lead design architect at Grand Rapids-based Progressive AE.

DP Fox Ventures LLC, the family office of Dan and Pamella DeVos, today announced its acquisition of the Edge Ice Arena in Holland.

Royal Technologies Corporation will invest $33.7 million to construct a new facility in Jamestown Charter Township.

Metal Mechanics Inc. will add seven jobs as part of a $1.25 million investment in Schoolcraft, according to a statement.

Zeeland Farm Services Inc. plans to invest $130 million into a new soybean processing facility in Ithaca, 45 miles north of Lansing.

CWD Real Estate Investment Inc.’s purchase of the Fifth Third Bancorp. campus in downtown Grand Rapids is a done deal.

Kalamazoo Sanitary Supply Inc. (KSS Enterprises) this week announced the completion of its expanded headquarters facility on the south side of Kalamazoo.

Newly-awarded federal funds will help Western Michigan University (WMU) move forward with the second phase of its high-tech business park.

Executives answering the latest survey by Business Leaders for Michigan expect both the state and U.S. economies to grow at a slower pace through 2017.

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