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After acquiring the assets of Anderson, Ind.-based S&S Steel Services Inc. in early January, Mill Steel Co. announced it would relocate its Louisville, Ky.-based Midwest Painted Products Division to the former S&S plant.

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Feb. 2, 2016:

If developing, attracting and retaining talent remains key to future economic prosperity, then Michigan’s big three research universities say they’re clearly doing their part, at least on the front end of the equation.

While a competitive tax structure was important, Las Vegas-based Switch Communications Group LLC had a different prerequisite before even considering opening a cloud-based data center in Michigan: reliable, renewable energy. 

In launching a monthly beer series for 2016, Big Rapids-based Cranker’s Restaurant and Brewery wanted to package its specialty beverages in 22-ounce bottles for distribution throughout Michigan.

The Grand Rapids Community Foundation is fortifying an effort that allows nonprofit and for-profit organizations to tap into the institutional knowledge of retirement-age individuals.

As the price of wind and solar energy declines and even falls in line with fossil fuels, some policymakers have started to wonder if it’s time to expand Michigan’s renewable energy mandates.

Banks and credit card companies think they should be the ones who select the best technologies to combat fraud, not the state Legislature.

At $271.2 million, the expansion and renovation at Mercy Health’s Hackley Hospital campus in Muskegon stands as one of the largest health care projects in Michigan today.

The six independent health systems behind a new clinical care network across Michigan want to bring on more partners.

Switch Communications Group LLC has selected Lansing-based The Christman Co. to serve as the general contractor for the company’s data center project at the former Steelcase pyramid building, MiBiz has learned.

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.

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