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GRAND RAPIDS — The planned opening of two Florida centers this fall will mark the first steps in a national growth strategy for Grand Rapids-based Neurocore LLC in the years ahead.

Despite ongoing concerns about a talent gap, employment in West Michigan’s construction industry continues to rise. 

The possibility of unattended driving, courtesy of Google or Apple, seems like a futuristic luxury, something out of a Dick Tracy cartoon in the memories of Baby Boomers. And yet, automakers are citing timelines that put it right around the corner. 

NILES — One Southwest Michigan supplier of industrial coatings aims to double the size of its organization through a new expansion project.

As automakers have invested in high-profile technologies and lightweighting, they’ve also started to pay more attention to the place in their vehicles where drivers spend the most time: the interiors. 

FRUITPORT — A connection Chris Witham made five years ago at a trade show in Anaheim, Calif. culminated in a major investment that will position Motion Dynamics Corp. for growth in the medical device industry.

Twelve Michigan food processing and agriculture companies will travel to Shanghai and Shenzhen, China next month on a trade mission with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

GRAND RAPIDS — Software development firm Blue Medora LLC raised nearly $7.5 million in capital in what one expert calls a “tough” but “good” environment for companies seeking investors.

Anew ruling aimed at giving more salaried workers access to overtime pay may have negative consequences for West Michigan companies and could ultimately end up hurting workers, despite the best of intentions. 

As Jackson-based Consumers Energy looks to build a statewide electric vehicle charging network, other companies in the sector have raised concerns about maintaining competition in the marketplace, both for vendors and drivers.

Air-Way Manufacturing, a manufacturer of hydraulic fittings, has established a 20,000-square-foot office facility in North Carolina to support its subsidiary Hydra-Flex Inc.

Virginia-based Ferguson Waterworks has acquired Jackson-based Michigan Pipe and Valve’s Kalamazoo location.

Johnson Technology Inc., a subsidiary of GE Aviation, plans to invest more than $14 million in converting an existing warehouse into a manufacturing facility for nozzles and shrouds for commercial and military jet engines.

A new bill proposed in the Michigan Legislature could more than triple the state’s excise tax on beer.

Nonprofit education organization West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) today announced a plan to move its headquarters to the emerging Bridge Street corridor.

With e-commerce sales on the rise, Mindscape hopes that a newly launched training and consulting division can help clients navigate the increasingly complex world of digital marketing.

Burr Oak Tool Inc. has entered a strategic partnership with Sistemi Meccanici Industriali, of Udine, Italy.

Thanks to an anonymous donor, the Manistee County Community Foundation (MCCF) this year increased its unrestricted endowment by $1 million and is now aiming for $2 million.

In naming its Excellence In Construction Awards winners yesterday, the West Michigan chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC) offered a glimpse at some finished products within the region’s expanding construction industry.

BiaCare Corp., a Zeeland-based manufacturer of compression garments and bandages, was acquired by SIGVARIS Group, a Swiss maker of medical compression textiles.

The Gilmore Collection, owners and operators of restaurant facilities like The B.O.B., today unveiled details for the under construction music venue in downtown Grand Rapids.

Medical device supplier Motion Dynamics Corp. has received a major capital investment from a Los Angeles-based private equity firm to support growth.

A 21,000-square-foot shopping center in southern Kent County has new owners.

Promotional Impact Inc. and its sister company Green Giftz will soon have a new headquarters.

Less than a year after shareholders of Perrigo Co. plc turned down a $26 billion hostile takeover bid, a New York City hedge fund wants the company to look at the potential sale of its generic drug business and to get more aggressive in improving performance.

After more than a decade of operation, one of West Michigan’s first organic farms could soon have new owners.

The new owner of a long-time cigar store in Grand Rapids wants to expand the shop’s offerings and give patrons more reason to hang out and smoke.

Existing capacity in West Michigan’s industrial real estate continues to dwindle.

The aging Breton Village shopping center will soon follow the trend of other malls in the region and become "de-malled."

Retail options continue to grow in the downtown Grand Rapids area with the addition of a new outdoor apparel store.

A vacant manufacturing facility has new owners and will be divided up for multiple new users.

Michigan Blood has named long-time health care executive Jim Wilson as president.

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Sept. 6, 2016:

• M&A: Lansing-based Eckhart Inc., a portfolio company of private equity firm LFM Capital of Nashville, Tenn., acquired Auto Craft Tool & Die Inc. and 3 D Sales Inc., both of Algonac, Mich., in a deal to add more controls, robotics, and automation-based solutions and distribution capabilities. Auto Craft operates facilities in Marine City, where it makes material handling systems and specialized tooling for industrial manufacturers. The company manufactures door and instrument panel carriers and automatic guided carts. The related 3 D Sales business distributes industrial ergonomic and work cell components. The deal, the terms for which were not disclosed, was the first for Eckhart, a manufacturer of ergonomic assembly line equipment that last year joined the LFM Capital portfolio. The Nashville-based private equity firm focuses on lower middle-market manufacturers and industrial services providers with enterprise values in the $15 million to $75 million range.

A business accelerator started by regional economic development organization Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Stryker Corp. has acquired Ivy Sports Medicine LLC, a Montvale, N.J.-based producer of products to repair meniscal tears in the knee.

Setting aside their competitive tendencies, Priority Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan are working together with the federal agency that administers Medicare and Medicaid to test new ways to pay doctors and drive cost and quality improvements.

Hospitals across Michigan benefitted from the state’s expansion of Medicaid two years ago. 

Employers who either want no part of wellness programs or have yet to jump onto the bandwagon remain among the solid majority in West Michigan.

Small businesses across West Michigan can generally expect to pay moderately more for employee health coverage next year.

It’s not as if the rising costs of health coverage went away, but for a few years the increases mitigated somewhat.

MUSKEGON — A scientist-turned-entrepreneur hopes to commercialize technology that will map and provide a specific treatment plan for invasive aquatic plant species based on their genetic profile. 

GRAND RAPIDS — The majority of people who serve on the boards of nonprofits lack the time to educate themselves about the terminology used in their organization’s financial statements.

WYOMING — Stu Kingma often fields multiple phone calls per month from people interested in redeveloping Site 36, one of West Michigan’s most storied former industrial sites.

SPRING LAKE — The residential housing boom in downtown Grand Rapids has led one West Michigan manufacturer of commercial casework and other custom furniture to shift its focus. 

While many pieces still need to be assembled, Michigan’s growing forest products industry remains on track to transform into a robust and sustainable market. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Restoring the Grand River to its former state and encouraging more recreational uses of the waterway in downtown Grand Rapids may be part of the long game of economic development, but a variety of companies have started banking on the notion that improvements will occur. 

A new line of defense in the proverbial fight between man and weeds may be gaining traction among farmers and other business in West Michigan. But instead of being based on chemicals or other manmade products, this solution is much more back to nature. 

GRAND RAPIDS — BarFly Ventures LLC, the parent company that operates the growing HopCat craft beer bar chain, has secured a new $5 million investment to further its expansion in the Midwest, MiBiz has learned.