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With nearly 2,000 new apartment units in the development pipeline for downtown Grand Rapids, many in the community have started to wonder when a full-service grocery store will open in the city core.

A West Michigan custom fabricator believes its partnership with a California energy company could fuel revenue growth this year and beyond.

Most automotive suppliers in West Michigan remain privately-held, meaning that information about their financial health stays tightly under wraps.

The movement of people back to urban areas and the onslaught of new transportation options has forced traditional automotive manufacturers to take notice and plan for the future.

While EV and hybrid sales continue to be a challenge in the era of sub-$2 per gallon gasoline, some automakers say the cheap gas has also forced them to re-evaluate their strategy for small sedans.

Despite a growing number of plug-in electric vehicles on display at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, industry analysts say the segment has failed to reach the “aspirational” levels many had hoped.

Automakers’ desire to quicken the pace of new vehicle launches has sent shock waves through the industry’s supply chain.

While plummeting oil prices over the last month have led to relief for consumers at the pump, the news has been mixed for West Michigan manufacturers, particularly for suppliers of the oil-and-gas industry.

Bar and restaurant operator BarFly Ventures LLC of Grand Rapids has partnered with a contract brewery in Detroit to market and distribute HopCat-branded beer, MiBiz has learned.

With more than 530 new apartments and at least $115 million in new investment, the pipeline for mixed-use development remains strong along the Michigan Street corridor east of the Medical Mile.

A pair of deals would give Chemical Financial Corp. and Huntington Bancshares Inc. larger footprints in Michigan and could renew the momentum for bank M&A in the state.

The owner and operator of restaurants Bistro Bella Vita, The Green Well Gastro Pub and Grove, as well as an unopened eatery in the Monroe North neighborhood, has become the first restaurant group in the nation to achieve the designation.

Here is a round-up of quarterly and annual performance filings from banks in West Michigan.

Orion Construction Inc. and The Gilmore Collection broke ground today on the long-planned Venue Tower project that will bring 88 new apartments and a music venue to the corner of Fulton Street and Monroe Avenue in Grand Rapids.

In a message to suppliers and study sponsors announcing his retirement, the 69-year-old Parfet, who founded the company 20 years ago, wrote that the Mattawan-based MPI Research will soon become the fourth largest pre-clinical contract research organization with about 1,300 employees and annual revenues of nearly $200 million.

Sales for the privately-held Amway Corp. fell for the second year in a row in 2015.

The investment volume lifted the amount invested by the Holland-based angel group to $19.6 million since 2004, an increase of 20 percent from a year earlier. Two pending new investments that should close in the first quarter should elevate that total to more than $20 million, executives said.

 Dematic announced today that it will proceed with plans to close its Grand Rapids manufacturing operations and move production to its facility in Monterrey, Mexico.

The Kalamazoo-based Stryker (NYSE: SYK) is buying Sage Products from private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners in Chicago. The Cary, Ill.-based Sage Products had sales of $430 million in 2015, a 13-percent increase from the prior year.

After a decade of steady growth, one Northern Michigan hop farm and processing company plans to ramp up its operations with an injection of capital from an in-state private equity firm.

A $167,383 grant from the AstraZeneca Healthcare Foundation will support Catherine’s Health Center’s Healthy Heart Team that works to improve the cardiac and overall health of patients who have multiple medical conditions.

The Sturgis-based company is a manufacturer of material handling racks for the automotive and government contracting industry and offers engineering capabilities ranging from fabrication, welding, laser cutting, finishing and assembly.

An Indianapolis-area investor plans a multifamily housing development behind the Meijer store near the corner of East Beltline Avenue and Knapp Street on the northeast side of Grand Rapids.

The investment firm acquired facilities in Grand Rapids, Rockford, Comstock Park and Belmont and plans to rebrand all as National Storage Centers. The four facilities, totaling more than 174,000 square feet of space, will be managed by Farmington Hills-based The Pogoda Companies Inc.

The Holland-based Macatawa Bank (Nasdaq: MCBC) reported full-year net income of $12.7 million, or 38 cents per diluted share, which compares with $10.4 million, or 31 cents per diluted share, for 2014.

A Northern Michigan craft brewer has decided to expand the distribution footprint of its products to out-of-state markets for the first time.

The supplier of automotive auto-dimming rearview mirrors and electronics reported cash on hand of approximately $552 million at the close of the 2015 calendar year, an increase of 11 percent from the prior year, according to financial results the company reported today.

The acquisition gives the Grand Rapids-based Service Express a market presence in the Pittsburgh area. Founded in 1986, the company services more than 2,500 maintenance customers through 33 offices in 15 states.

Fleet Engineers Inc. of Muskegon has expanded its truck and trailer business with the acquisition of Charlotte, N.C.-based Save-A-Load Inc., a maker of cargo bars for tractor trailers and pickups.

What executives tout as a “merger of equals” with Chemical Financial Corp. represents what one institutional shareholder for Talmer Bancorp Inc. considers a deal that should get voted down.

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