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Plastics distributor Total Plastics Inc. of Kalamazoo has acquired Northeast Plastic Supply of Philadelphia.

After reaching full capacity at its Grand Rapids production facility, Kent Quality Foods Inc.plans to invest $35 million into a second plant in Ottawa County’s Jamestown Charter Township.

Spiech Farms LLC will invest more than $1 million into an expansion project at its production facility in Paw Paw.

Gull Lake Marine plans to open a new retail location in Coopersville on May 14.

Another West Michigan craft brewery plans to expand.

Norton Shores-based Horizon Group Properties Inc. announced yesterday the formation of a partnership to build The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo in Laredo, Texas.

Oliver Products Co. yesterday announced that it had acquired New Britain, Pa.-based Mangar Medical Packaging.

Indianapolis-based The XLerate Group has acquired Grand Rapids Auto Auction.

Traverse City-based craft beer bar and restaurant 7 Monks Taproom has unveiled plans for a Grand Rapids location along the growing Michigan Street corridor.

Deerfield, Ill.-based Pregis LLC will invest $17 million in an expansion project for its Eagle Film Extruders Inc. facility in Grand Rapids.

Michigan State University received two major donations totaling $15 million for the forthcoming $88.1 million Grand Rapids Research Center.

Gov. Rick Snyder has approved a package of bills designed to clarify the process for manufacturers filing personal property tax (PPT) exemptions.

South Haven Health System could become a part of Bronson Healthcare Group if the two can agree on a final deal and persuade voters to do the same.

Following a two-year preparation process, Crystal Flash has successfully transitioned to a 100-percent employee-owned company.

Cargill Kitchen Solutions will invest $27 million in a 28,000-square-foot expansion at the company’s egg processing facility in Lake Odessa.

Two Planned Parenthood affiliates, whose operations separately served the state of Michigan, have merged into one entity known as Planned Parenthood of Michigan (PPMI).

St. Louis, Miss.-based Commerce Bank has announced plans to enter Michigan with a Grand Rapids office.

Kewill Inc., a global provider of supply-chain software, is acquiring Holland-based LeanLogistics from Australian-based Brambles Ltd.

Wolverine World Wide Inc. reported declining revenues in the first quarter of its 2016 fiscal year, in line with what the company’s executives predict to be a challenging year.

West Michigan World Trade Week is pleased to announce details of the 31st annual business conference on May 12, 2016.

MPI Research Inc. has named Rob DeWit as its new president.

American Airlines announced that it will begin offering three nonstop daily flights from Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Fox Brothers Company, a distributor of roofing, siding, windows, doors and other products, has been acquired by Virginia-based Beacon Roofing Supply Inc.

Neogen Corp. has acquired Nevada-based Preserve International and Tetradyne LLC, a manufacturer of cleaners and disinfectants for the livestock and food processing industries.

The partners in a newly proposed grocery store in downtown Grand Rapids cite the growing number of residents and workers in the Heartside neighborhood as a sign that the city needs more food options.

Stryker Corp. bought U.K.-based orthopaedic implant firm Stanmore Implants Worldwide Ltd. from SIW Holdings Ltd. for 35.6 million euros.

Macatawa Bank Corp. maintained strong earnings and lending growth in the first quarter.

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for May 2, 2016.

  • M&A: Brad Davis and Lynne Bosgraaf, both formerly executive team members at Grand Haven-based Light Corp., have acquired Ram Electronics Inc., a manufacturer in Fruitport of printed circuit boards, custom wire harnesses and other components. The deal came about as Ram’s previous owner, Don Neidlinger, looked to retire. Zeeland-based Rua Associates LLC advised Davis and Bosgraaf on the deal, the terms of which were not disclosed. The executives partnered with Mercantile Bank Corp. to structure a loan through the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s collateral support program. The program provides collateral to fund down payments on expansions or mergers and acquisitions.
  • M&A: Lansing-based Neogen Corp., a manufacturer of food and animal safety products, acquired Brazil-based Deoxi Biotecnologia Ltda, an operator of an animal genomics laboratory, according to a statement. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Deoxi’s management and staff will remain with the company.

BIG RAPIDS — Manufacturers often find themselves at an impasse when it comes to sourcing qualified welding talent. 

The $46.1 million Bronson Healthy Living Campus sprung from a need to create more room for Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s health programs.

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