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Disher Design & Development plans to increase its workforce by approximately 30 percent with the help of a $200,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

The proprietor of Fish Lads LLC, located in the Downtown Market, plans to open Carvers, an “artisan” butcher shop, according to a statement.

Development and property management firm Franklin Partners LLC has sold its two downtown office properties, according to principal Don Shoemaker.

Wolverine World Wide Inc. reported declining revenues in the fourth quarter and for its 2015 fiscal year.

New legislation U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is co-sponsoring would open up federal grant dollars to universities and colleges to develop concurrent dual enrollment programs with high schools.

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Feb. 22, 2016:

In a bid to grow the talent pool for Michigan’s nascent craft brewing industry, Byron Center-based Pilot Malt House LLC has announced a $500 scholarship for students in the sustainable brewing program at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

Despite losing one-third of its student body since 2012, Davenport University has embarked on a wave of spending, including expanded facilities, new dormitories and the addition of a football team this fall.

As the automotive supply chain prepares for a rapid increase in new model launches, manufacturers must also contend with several other trends in the industry ranging from production scheduling to the ripple effects of last year’s mega deals. 

A contractual dispute over a $1.125 million equipment purchase has resulted in legal action between Mill Steel Co. and Illinois-based steel processor The Material Works Ltd. 

eAgile Inc., a maker of radio frequency identification (RFID) products and software, hopes to raise up to $3 million to expand its overseas business serving the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and food industries.

Many credit unions recorded 2015 loan growth in the double digits, said Kenley Penner, a partner and the head of Plante Moran PLLC’s credit union practice. Penner attributes the results and lending growth to a “relatively strong” housing market that’s driving mortgage originations, coupled with strong sales volumes for both new and used vehicles.

The state legislature’s inaction on extending equal civil rights protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people has led a growing number of prominent West Michigan business leaders to call for change.

new roadmap aims to reboot efforts to build Michigan’s life sciences industry and compete with similar clusters around the U.S. and the world.

Comerica Inc. projects continued strong job growth and lower unemployment through this year and next across Western Michigan.

Armune Bioscience Inc. raised nearly $9.1 million in a capital round to support further commercialization of a blood test to screen for prostate cancer.

Noble Company, a manufacturer of membranes and shower elements for the plumbing a tile industry, and freeze protection for fire sprinkler systems was acquired by Cleveland, Ohio-based Federal Process Corporation, according to a statement.

Bolstered by mild weather and strong performance in its retail and industrial markets, Universal Forest Products Inc. reported an 8.5-percent increase in annual sales.

When developer Sam Cummings set out to redevelop a building at 25 Ionia St. SW in Grand Rapids nearly two decades ago, he needed to leverage the site’s historic designation to make the project economically feasible.

A large medical center proposed in Grand Haven follows a steady, decade-long transformation of the health care marketplace in communities along the lakeshore in western Ottawa County.

Elevated by a couple of major investments, venture capital investing in Michigan life sciences companies in 2015 equaled the dollar value from the prior year with a high number of deals.

statewide analysis of the insurance industry’s $37.1 billion economic impact provides a basis to lure more players to Michigan, as well as highlights the need for training new talent to replace an aging workforce.

For years, the MBA has been the advanced degree of choice for many executives in West Michigan and beyond, particularly as they look to climb the corporate ladder.  But the times and the needs of students have been changing in recent years. 

With the arrival of a new generation of workers comes a new set of personal and cultural values that employers must adapt to as they try to attract and retain the top talent. 

As West Michigan businesses have identified a need for increased professional development and management training in the workplace, many of them have strengthened their ties to local colleges and universities.

Facing what they say is a dearth of qualified technical talent, manufacturers have been forced to get creative in developing their own internal training programs. But despite those efforts to fill the gap, companies still rely heavily on community colleges to train the next wave of workers. 

Advocates in West Michigan have spent nearly two years pitching Property Assessed Clean Energy financing to Kent County officials as one more tool in the Grand Rapids region’s economic development toolbox.

Last month, the fund announced that it had awarded $8.5 million, disbursed via 29 community foundations across Michigan. Of that money, just shy of $2 million landed in West Michigan, earmarked for initiatives that were outlined in each respective foundation’s grant proposal.

Perrigo Co. plc (NYSE: PRGO) lost money during the fourth quarter of 2015, the result of problems in its Branded Consumer Healthcare division.

Ferndale-based Magnuson-Hagopian Enterprises Inc., which does business under the name Johnson Michigan Automotive & Industrial Coatings has been acquired by paint distributor FinishMaster Inc. of Quebec, according to a statement.

Lakeshore Fittings designs and manufactures machined brass, eco-brass, stainless steel and aluminum fittings for the lawn and garden, gas distribution, plumbing and hydraulic industries. The firm operates from a 90,000-square-foot facility in Grand Haven.

Berger Motor Sales of Ionia Inc. has been acquired by Young Automotive Group Inc. of Lansing, according to a statement.

Bronson Precision Products plans to permanently close its facility located in Bronson, Mich., south of Battle Creek, between March 18 and March 31, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notice filed with the state.

True Textiles, a manufacturer of upholstery, acoustic and privacy curtains for the office furniture, healthcare and education industries, will continue to operate as a standalone business.

In its third deal this month, Kalamazoo-based Stryker Corp. signed a definitive agreement to acquire Physio-Control International Inc. for $1.28 billion in cash.

Grand Transformers Inc. in Grand Haven acquired Warner, N.H.-based Warner Power, a designer and manufacturer of electrical transformers and power systems.

The Right Place Inc. has partnered with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) to host a free event aimed at connecting West Michigan businesses with supporting resources.

Grand Valley State University's Board of Trustees today approved two memos of understanding (MOUs) to move forward with its proposed campus in the Belknap neighborhood just north of downtown Grand Rapids.

Restaurant operator Meritage Hospitality Inc. (OTCQX: MHGU) says it expects sales growth in the 5 percent to 10 percent range for 2016.

Market uncertainty in Asia combined with negative currency translation effects resulted in a modest increase in global sales for Haworth Inc. this year.

Software solutions provider SalesPad LLC plans to leverage a $364,000 Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) incentive to invest a total $3.85 million and bring 91 new jobs to the area, according to a statement.

Medical device maker Stryker Corp. of Kalamazoo says it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of the neuro portfolio from O’Fallon, Mo.-based Synergetics USA Inc.

The operators of Maru Hospitality Group LLC, a popular sushi restaurant with four locations around the state including in the Cherry Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids, plan to open a new eatery in the city’s west side neighborhood.

Grand Rapids-based Supply Chain Solutions Inc. (SCS) plans an international expansion that will grow the firm’s presence in China and create a joint venture in Mexico with ACCEL World Wide Logistics.

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.