Readers in 2019 turned to MiBiz.com for myriad exclusive reporting and news scoops.
What sets this most-read stories list apart from previous years was the overall diversity in the most popular stories, which ranged from breaking news about M&A, lawsuits, layoffs and expansions to MiBiz exclusive reporting on West Michigan’s real estate, manufacturing, health care and craft beverage industries, among others.
Here’s a look back at the most popular stories on MiBiz.com in 2019.
MiBiz broke international news that Founders Brewing Co. planned to sell a majority stake in the business to the brewery’s Spain-based minority shareholder, Mahou San-Miguel Group.
More than 60 care providers from Portage Physicians P.C. plan to switch from Ascension Borgess and instead affiliate with Bronson Healthcare, effective July 1, 2020.
616 Lofts LLC, a developer of approximately 500,000 square feet of residential and commercial space in the Grand Rapids, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan. MiBiz was the first to report on the bankruptcy.
Global direct-selling giant Amway Corp. in mid-September eliminated 47 information technology positions in another round of cuts to its local workforce, which are expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
A bombshell lawsuit first reported by MiBiz alleged that Grand Rapids-based Tier 1 automotive supplier Gill Corp. demanded “ransom” from its customers as the metal stamper dissolves its operations. The case was later settled out of court.
A West Michigan brewpub in planning has agreed to change its name to Alebird Taphouse and Brewery as part of a settlement in a trademark infringement case brought by Railtown Brewing Co.
The $90 million “Project Elevate” expansion at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport will aid in economic development in West Michigan as well as ease and expand passenger experience.
Kingma’s Market announced in January 2019 that it was closing its store in Ada almost 18 months after opening the second location.
Tensions between Michigan craft beverage producers and the state regulatory agency appear to be ratcheting up with the filing of a federal lawsuit that alleges the Michigan Liquor Control Commission’s enforcement actions and revisions to state liquor code enacted in 2018 are unconstitutional.
The Grand Rapids Whitewater nonprofit secured $4.4 million in new public and foundation funding for its restoration efforts of the Grand River through the city.
Acrisure LLC, a Caledonia-based insurance brokerage, is moving its global headquarters and 400 jobs from Caledonia to the new Studio Park development in downtown Grand Rapids.
After more than 30 Michigan breweries joined with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in a national effort to raise funds to support victims of the catastrophic Camp Fire in northern California, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission raised red flags that their actions could amount to a violation of state code.
New ownership detailed plans to turn Local 741 into a neighborhood bar after acquiring the site from a partnership involving an affiliate of Third Coast Development LLC.
The executives behind an iconic American superbike brand are breathing new life into the company and relaunching “boutique” motorcycle production in West Michigan.
Three Grand Rapids women on a mission to “keep Creston funky” have entered into a partnership to bring back Gaia Cafe and The Division Avenue Arts Collective LLC, this time in the city’s north quarter neighborhood.
After a 40-year career at direct-selling giant Amway Corp., former Vice Chairman Bill Payne wanted to find a way to stay involved in the West Michigan business community. That’s why Payne jumped at the opportunity to acquire three Herman Miller Inc. office furniture stores in West Michigan from Detroit-based dealer MarxModa Inc.
Pabst Brewing Co. appears to be jumping into the spirits product category with the help of a West Michigan company: New Holland Brewing Co. The exclusive reporting in MiBiz was later cited in national and international articles on the new product.
Cedar Springs Brewing Co. will join the bustling craft beverage scene on Bridge Street with a new satellite taproom and brewery.
The burgeoning market for CBD, a health product derived from cannabis plants that avoid the “high” from marijuana, is considered “low-hanging fruit” for the nearly 600 Michigan farmers now growing hemp.
Founders Brewing Co. partnered with its Spanish investors to acquire a majority stake in Avery Brewing Co., a Boulder, Colo.-based craft brewery.