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Union workers at Meijer Inc. superstores should soon be seeing more money in their paychecks. The regional retailer’s union employees voted last week to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement that contains wage increases, benefit improvements and flexible contract language, according to a statement.

A number of community colleges in West Michigan will partner with Michigan State University and other institutions across the state to offer joint certificate programs for students interested in the agricultural industry.

An executive with long ties to the West Michigan business community has a new appointment to the leadership team at a Pennsylvania university.

At the company’s quarterly board of directors meeting, long-time executive Tammy Hurley was named the chief accounting officer for the West Michigan-based food distribution and retailing company, according to a statement. She has been in her former role since 2015.

Koops Inc., a manufacturer of custom automation equipment, plans to invest $4.9 million into a new 40,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its headquarters in Holland.

A call center operator says the loss of a key contract led to its decision to close its facility in the greater Grand Rapids area.

Dialog Direct Inc. plans to shutter its Grand Rapids-area facility and lay off 106 employees by Oct. 17, according to documents filed with the state.

Two mixed-use projects in Grand Rapids received state incentives, following approval from the board of the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) this morning.

Global advertising firm McCann Erickson and sister company Weber Shandwick won nearly $35 million in new contracts today from the Michigan Strategic Fund. 

Michigan should continue to see steady job growth into next year, although manufacturing and the auto industry will become less of a driver.

Automotive supplier Spectrum Industries Inc. will expand into a recently-sold industrial building on the south side of Grand Rapids.

Zelenka Farms has emerged from bankruptcy under new ownership and a new name.  

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Aug. 22, 2016.

• M&A: Dublin-based Perrigo Co. plc (NYSE: PRGO), which maintains its corporate headquarters in Allegan, Mich., will acquire Geiss, Destin & Dunn Inc. (GDD) of Peachtree City, Ga., according to a statement. GDD is a small national distributor of over-the-counter health care and consumer products to non-chain retail stores and institutional markets. Perrigo expects the deal, the terms for which were not disclosed, to close by the end of the month. The deal will strengthen and diversify its U.S. retail network, “providing us direct access to the non-mass retail market,” according to CEO John Hendrickson. GDD previously distributed Perrigo’s products. 

Grocery retailer and distributor SpartanNash Co. appears to be ready to go on the hunt for more acquisitions.

SAWYER — When Greenbush Brewery Co. needed to expand its production facility, co-owner Scott Sullivan faced a conundrum. 

recent course of events shows how the politics of Washington, D.C. can have a serious, direct impact on the work of local immigrant service providers.

MUSKEGON — A group of a dozen investors wants to bring a world-class mixed-use development to a mile-long section of the Muskegon Lake shoreline that has been an industrial site for more than a century. 

At least two Republican-controlled state House seats in West Michigan are expected to be competitive in the Nov. 8 election as Democrats set lofty goals to retake a majority in the lower chamber.

GRAND RAPIDS — When he graduated in 1990 from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, Dr. Norman Beauchamp Jr. told himself he wanted to return some day to give back.

GRAND RAPIDS — Two organizations that represent independent physicians in West Michigan could morph into a single new group they formed last year to give greater voice to doctors who operate their own medical practices.

ST. JOSEPH — A $160 million expansion and renovation this fall will modernize Lakeland Health’s main campus in St. Joseph, allowing it to operate as efficiently as possible and drive quality outcomes.

BYRON CENTER — As scrutiny over law enforcement agencies mounts in the wake of recent high-profile deadly force incidents, an increasing number of police departments have adopted body camera technology.

When we talk about the automotive supply chain, the focus is often on component manufacturers, the companies that produce the parts that are assembled into vehicles at the automakers’ plants. 

GRAND RAPIDS — A statewide coalition of community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College, is vying for federal grant dollars that would provide free tuition for students in key advanced manufacturing programs. 

Lower fuel prices may have shifted consumers’ buying habits toward trucks and SUVs, but most automotive suppliers believe electric vehicle technology is here to stay. 

To move beyond a looming sales plateau, automakers will need to appeal to the generation they’ve long-feared prefers car-sharing services and cycling to owning automobiles. 

The automotive industry rapidly approaches a convergence point. 

MIDLAND — As Chemical Financial Corp. moves toward closing its latest and largest acquisition, David Ramaker remains open to additional deals that would further expand the bank’s footprint in the Midwest.

West Michigan automotive suppliers have a lot on their plates as they prepare their businesses to be competitive in the coming years. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Political pressures in Washington, D.C. have created uncertainty for transit officials looking to fund West Michigan’s second bus rapid transit line.

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