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Dan Buron has been selected to serve as the new CEO for Goodwill Northern Michigan.

Shareholders at Talmer Bancorp Inc. today overwhelmingly backed a proposed $1.4 billion merger with Chemical Financial Corp.

A wholesale nursery with operations in West Michigan has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after struggling financially for several years. 

DENSO International America Inc. will invest $37 million to buy machinery and automation equipment for its manufacturing facility in Battle Creek, according to a statement.

Dow Chemical Co.’s decision to shave 700 workers from its workforce in Midland may prove beneficial for West Michigan manufacturers struggling to fill their talent needs.

A previous plan by Kendall College of Art and Design to acquire and redevelop a Kent County-owned building will not go forward.

The Soo Locks will be protected under the watch of a West Michigan security company with a new federal contract.

Joe Sobieralski has been named interim president and CEO for Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) following the abrupt departure of previous leader Marie Briganti in late June, according to a statement.

GRAND RAPIDS — When it comes to the possibility of redesigning one of Grand Rapids’ oldest downtown plazas, there’s a common refrain from people around the city: Something should be done. 

While President and CEO Margie Briganti’s abrupt departure after 14 months at Battle Creek Creek Unlimited left a hole in the leadership of the economic development firm, it also comes on the heels of what’s been a tumultuous two years for the organization.

Food trucks would be free to operate at city parks and other public areas under a new ordinance that’s expected to introduced at the Grand Rapids City Commission meeting next week.

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for July 11, 2016.

• M&A: Belding-based Robroy Enclosures Inc., a subsidiary of Robroy Industries Inc. of Verona, Pa., acquired the assets of Texas-based Attabox Industrial Enclosures, according to a statement. The deal complements Robroy Enclosures’ existing Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures brand of fiberglass electrical enclosures. Attabox makes engineered enclosures for the industrial, solar, electrical, telecommunications, HVAC, instrumentation/control, government, oil and gas, and construction markets. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Credit unions across Michigan have enjoyed strong growth in recent years.

Michigan’s largest agricultural lender views a $25,000 sponsorship and in-kind support pledged to Ottawa County’s Great Lakes Ag-Tech Incubator as a key part of its business.

Two large bank mergers affecting the Michigan market are progressing, with one securing shareholder approval and another awaiting a vote in the coming weeks.

Bankers say they hear it regularly from their clients: It’s gotten awfully hard to find good talent these days.

There was a time when the Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center only had access to its own data.

RICHLAND — As manufacturers turn to automation and robotics to speed production and increase efficiencies, one soon-to-be graduate of Western Michigan University aims to bring that technology to machine shops. 

British voters wanted to send a message with the Brexit vote, and it was certainly heard loud and clear by manufacturers in West Michigan. 

The airspace above West Michigan could become considerably more crowded now that a new federal ruling makes it easier for companies to use drones.

The West Michigan office of commercial real estate brokerage Colliers International is now under the corporate ownership of parent firm Colliers International Group Inc.

Board members of the Historic Preservation Commission tonight decided to delay the request of a Portage-based developer seeking to build what would be Grand Rapids’ tallest building.

TecNiq Inc. will invest $6.6 million in the construction of a new 100,000-square-foot production facility in Comstock Charter Township, just east of Kalamazoo.

Grand Rapids-based general contracting firm Wolverine Building Group today announced the start of an 18-month leadership transition that will culminate with two vice presidents assuming the role of co-presidents.

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport has officially transitioned to its new authority model after 60 years as a wholly-owned asset of Kent County.

An experimental drug under development by Tetra Discovery Partners LLC has the potential to treat traumatic brain injury, according to the results of a pre-clinical trial.

The Holland-based Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway (ODCMG) and Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds have partnered to design a natural playground that would be one of North America’s largest, at 1.2 acres.

COMSTOCK PARK — The owners of the West Michigan Whitecaps want to market Fifth Third Ballpark as a venue for big-name acts like Eminem or Bruce Springsteen, perhaps for shows as soon as this fall. 

The list of most-read stories on MiBiz.com for the first half of 2016 has a decidedly real estate and retail-related theme.  

West Michigan developers in the last week have unveiled plans for hundreds of new housing units spread around the city. From proposed new skyscrapers in the central business district to infill projects in Heritage Hill to affordable housing on the west side, developers this week ramped up the pipeline of new projects in Grand Rapids.  

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