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A German auto supplier plans to pull out of Battle Creek less than two years after its project was first announced. 

As West Michigan automotive suppliers race to meet customers’ orders in what’s expected to be another banner year in 2016, those companies must also keep their eyes forward and prepare for the next downturn in the business cycle.

GRAND RAPIDS — A statute in Grand Rapids’ noise ordinance that the city used to prosecute the owners of the Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grille was unconstitutionally vague, according to a ruling issued last week by the Michigan Court of Appeals. 

Tech firm Appropos LLC has embarked on an expansion of both its Grand Rapids office and its team.

Two years after establishing its US operations in Holland Charter Township, ROL USA Inc. will invest $19.8 million in building a new 140,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.

Grocery distribution and retail company SpartanNash Inc. (Nasdaq: SPTN) has named Chris Meyers its new CFO, effective April 11.

Swoboda Inc., a manufacturer of electronic components for the automotive industry, plans to invest $15.1 million in a new expansion project at its Kentwood facility.

A Comstock Park office building is under new ownership. Sodus-based Sun Coast Packaging Inc. has acquired a 9,333-square foot building at 4211 N. Division Ave.

After a series of tax restructurings in the company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) market, Steelcase Inc. executives increased revenue projections for the company’s fourth quarter, which ended Feb. 26, 2016.

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for March 7, 2016.

Michigan economic developers say the “incendiary” rhetoric coming from one U.S. presidential candidate in particular has created an unwelcoming environment for many skilled workers and could chill prospects for foreign investment in Michigan and beyond.

Grand Valley State University (GVSU), today received a $300,000 donation from the DTE Energy Foundation to expand its Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Center.

Blu Perspective Corp. acquired Grand Rapids-based commercial cleaning company Busy Bea’s Services, according to a statement.

After a lengthy, and ultimately unsuccessful lease negotiation, popular downtown Rockford restaurant Reds On the River has decided to vacate its space in The Promenade Building at 8 E Bridge Street.

As the craft brewing industry matures, many West Michigan producers have started seeking out technology that provides sustainable solutions to common issues. 

Michigan’s two leading construction trade groups find themselves on opposite sides of one key industry issue: prevailing wage. 

Medicaid and funding issues dominate the health care agenda in 2016 for advocacy groups in Lansing.

Manufacturing industry groups are tracking a number of key policy issues this year that could have a variety of implications on their West Michigan members. 

State lawmakers remain focused on passing energy policy this year that preserves Michigan’s limited electric choice market and abandons renewable energy standards in favor of comprehensive planning requirements.

As the state grapples with the Flint water crisis and a long-term funding solution for Detroit Public Schools, business advocates hope lawmakers will still be able to tackle policies that keep health care costs down, add transparency and help companies attract talent. 

ALLEGAN — Fighting off a hostile takeover bid cost Perrigo Co. plc $100 million last year, driving up administrative expenses sharply for the producer of over-the-counter medications.

As private equity deal flow across the U.S. remained strong in 2015, Huron Capital Partners stayed as busy as ever.

As the service sector rises, Julie Weeks says don’t forget manufacturing.

Acrisure LLC bought the most insurance agencies in the U.S. and Canada last year, easily outpacing the number of deals by other acquirers in a consolidating industry.

PARCHMENT — Advia Credit Union’s proposed acquisition of Mid America Bank, a small community bank in southern Wisconsin, is the kind of deal that occurs infrequently in the financial services industry.

Despite a number of recent global and national industry reports pointing to potential slowdowns in the construction sector, West Michigan contractors say they remain busy and confident for the foreseeable future. 

WALKER — As industrial production levels continue to rise and West Michigan manufacturers reach full capacity, companies need to decide whether to invest in adding capacity or turn to other organizations in the supply chain. 

Automakers’ challenge in meeting regulatory requirements for Corporate Average Fuel Economy has two aspects: the technology side and the market side of the issue. 

Backed by a string of profitable years, many West Michigan manufacturers are investing in labor-saving technology and providing themselves a hedge against future softening in the market. 

PORT SHELDON — A biotech startup will use $1 million in capital to pay for preclinical trials on an innovation it has developed for use in orthopedic surgeries.

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