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ALBION — Over the last decade and a half, Team 1 Plastics Inc. avoided expanding its facility until absolutely necessary, choosing instead to maximize every square inch of its shop floor. 

Automakers have witnessed a resurgence in interest for trucks and SUVs as gasoline prices continue to hover around $2 per gallon in many areas of the country. 

ALLEGAN — John Hendrickson assumed command at Perrigo Co. plc as the company faces problems in Europe that will cut into 2016 earnings.

Investments in rail infrastructure eventually will expedite the time it takes for Amtrak passengers to commute from Kalamazoo to Chicago, potentially cutting travel times by a half hour. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Realizing that a movie theater would not work as a standalone project in downtown Grand Rapids, J.D. Loeks knew that he needed to broaden the scope of his long-planned development.

When voters repealed Michigan’s personal property tax for manufacturers in 2014, it was hailed as a major victory in a prolonged fight by the business community to revamp the state’s tax code. 

Saugatuck Brewing Co. will begin distribution into eastern Pennsylvania and eastern Missouri through new partnerships with breweries in those states.

The demand for a downtown grocery store appears to be getting heard loud and clear.

Half of the nearly 500 small businesses across Michigan that have completed a cyber-security assessment since December remained largely unaware of the daily risks they face.

Neogen Corp., a Lansing-based manufacturer of food and animal safety products, has acquired Brazil-based Deoxi Biotecnologia Ltda, an operator of an animal genomics laboratory.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation is expanding its Challenge Scholars program to include every graduating student at Union High School.

A controversial bill aimed at weakening Michigan’s historic preservation statutes has been “indefinitely suspended.”

Spectrum Health ranks among the top 15 health systems in the U.S. for performance according to a recent study.

Orion Construction Inc. today formally broke ground on its proposed $9.6 million mixed-use development dubbed Fulton Square in the Eastown neighborhood.

Perrigo Co. plc today quickly named John Hendrickson as chief executive officer following the resignation of Chairman and CEO Joe Papa.

With its 348 barrels of beer produced last year, Newaygo Brewing Co. accounted for less than 1 percent of all craft beer made in Michigan in 2015.

A Southwest Michigan biosciences firm plans to use a recent investment to move its cold weather- and drought-resistant seed technology from the research phase into developing new markets.

Nine hospitals in West Michigan — four of them owned by Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health — earned a top grade this spring in a semi-annual scorecard on quality.

Driven by an increase in light vehicle sales, auto supplier Gentex Corp. generated double-digit revenue growth in its first quarter.

The board of trustees of Glen Oaks Community College hopes to leverage a low-interest loan from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to assist with the design and construction of a 120-bed student housing facility.

Acoustics By Design Inc., a Grand Rapids-based acoustical consulting and design firm, has merged with Daly-Standlee & Associates Inc., a Beaverton, Ore.-based consulting and engineering firm.

Perrigo Co. plc is saying little about a report that Chairman and CEO Joe Papa may leave to become chief executive at Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.

Bolstered by a mild winter and strong performance in its construction and retail markets, Universal Forest Products Inc. surpassed analysts’ expectations for earnings in its first quarter.

Construction should begin within two weeks on one of the largest projects ever in Muskegon County.

Stryker Corp. bumped up expectations for the full year after reporting higher sales and earnings for the first quarter.

Two former office furniture executives hope to leverage their collective experience as they start on a new business venture in West Michigan.

Great Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution LLC of Rosemont, Ill. has acquired the Coca-Cola production and bottling facility in Grand Rapids.

Office furniture supplier Knape & Vogt Manufacturing Co. has acquired Toronto-based International Source for Ergonomics (ISE) under its Workrite business unit.

Spartan Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: SPAR) broke ground today on a $5.5 million expansion project at its headquarters in Charlotte.

Grandville-based I.T. firm Trivalent Group Inc. has acquired fellow I.T. provider, East Lansing-based KI Technology Group, according to a statement.

Mercantile Bank Corp. today reported higher earnings and strong lending growth for the first quarter.

The Henry Ford Health System just joined the Federation Care Network, extending its reach into Southeast Michigan.

Economic outlooks project further job growth in Michigan through 2016 and into 2017, albeit at a slower rate than past two years.

After more than a year of construction, Vander Mill LLC will open its new taproom, restaurant and hard cider production facility in Grand Rapids on Monday.

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for April 18, 2016:

• M&A: Poltrona Frau Group acquired JANUS et Cie, a Los Angeles-based luxury outdoor furniture manufacturer, according to a statement. Poltrona Frau is a member of the lifestyle design division Haworth Inc., a Holland-based office furniture manufacturer. Executives cited Poltrona Frau’s goal to enter the outdoor furniture market as a driver for the acquisition. JANUS et Cie will maintain its operations in California and executives at the company will retain their positions, according to the statement. The company employs 240 workers throughout its operation. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Two community banks operating in markets along Lake Michigan plan to merge.

Grand Rapids-based Vos Glass Inc. has announced an ownership and leadership transition, according to a statement.

As one of the youngest sectors around, nonprofits are still learning how to balance competition and collaboration on all fronts.

Bolstered by stable growth and strong support from government agencies, Michigan nonprofits look ahead to forging new partnerships to address the state’s unique set of challenges.

Detroit-based DTE Energy is in the middle of a five-year, $2.5 billion gas and electric infrastructure upgrade that will have the utility investing millions into projects in West Michigan. 

Charter boat captains and small businesses along the lakeshore are bracing for potential rough seas this year in Lake Michigan’s $16 million charter fishery.

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and Holland Hospital can now treat heart patients they previously had to refer elsewhere for a procedure to clear clogged arteries.

GRAND RAPIDS — Offering shorter lease terms and increased flexibility to tenants may seem counterintuitive to executives in the office development and property management sector. 

At a recent news conference, all of the major automakers pledged to make automatic emergency braking (AEB) standard on every light vehicle within six years. 

HOLLAND — After manufacturing a specialized line of food processing equipment for 30 years, Lakewood Fab Tech LLC wants to embrace new opportunities by refocusing its business on designing custom machines for the industrial market. 

Experts in the automotive industry have a simple message for companies figuring out how to navigate a changing vehicle market: Embrace the eventual shift to autonomous cars or you will cease to exist. 

Prior to cutting the $1.1 billion deal that would make Chemical Financial Corp. the largest bank based in Michigan, Talmer Bancorp Inc. talked with several other potential partners about a merger or acquisition.

GRAND RAPIDS — A lack of on-site parking at Spectrum Health’s newest downtown office hasn’t created much in the way of headaches for the health care organization’s information technology department.