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Joe Boomgaard

Joe Boomgaard

Editor, covers craft beverage industry.
Twitter: @jboomgaard
Email: [email protected]

Monday, 21 November 2022 17:53

Perrin Brewing Co. partners with Grand Rapids Gold, plans beer garden at Van Andel Arena 

GRAND RAPIDS — Alpine Township-based Perrin Brewing Co. plans to open a new beer garden at Van Andel Arena under the terms of a sponsorship deal with the Grand Rapids Gold G-League basketball team. 

Friday, 11 November 2022 16:43

Feyen Zylstra sells Industrial Tech division to automation integrator ATS Global

WALKER — What started out as a conversation between executives at Feyen Zylstra LLC and ATS Global about deepening their partnership for Industry 4.0 technologies ultimately led to the two companies striking a deal. 

Thursday, 10 November 2022 15:20

Kamps Inc. continues buying spree with strategic acquisition of Iowa pallet company

WALKER — Pallet solutions firm Kamps Inc. is making a strategic deal to acquire Newton, Iowa-based Realm Companies LLC to bolster its presence in the Midwest and expand its service capabilities. 


Sunday, 06 November 2022 18:02

CHANNELING HOPE: DEI consultant Julian Newman helps organizations expand cultural bandwidth

During the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic, Julian Newman became disillusioned with all the back-and-forth arguing that was taking place in commentaries and on social media. 

Sunday, 06 November 2022 18:42

SW Mich. partnership creates new pathway for Native entrepreneurs to launch startups

BENTON HARBOR — A new partnership hopes to improve the technical assistance available to Native American entrepreneurs in Southwest Michigan so they can have an easier time turning their business ideas into new startups and access funding. 

Friday, 28 October 2022 15:58

Old Mission Peninsula wineries contend zoning rewrite would edge out family farms, create ‘millionaires club’

As Michigan Agritourism Month draws to a close, a group of Northern Michigan wineries are left to wonder why the statewide recognition of the industry’s economic and social benefits continues to escape local policymakers. 


Wednesday, 26 October 2022 15:47

Atomic Object expands to North Carolina with 4th office

GRAND RAPIDS — Growing software design and development consultancy Atomic Object LLC has opened its fourth office with a move into the Raleigh, N.C. market.

Tuesday, 11 October 2022 15:00

Feds institute 4-month delay to consider recognizing Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians will have to wait at least another four months before the tribe hears from the U.S. Department of the Interior about its petition for federal acknowledgement.

Sunday, 09 October 2022 18:22

Effecting change from the inside: Former tribal investment exec leads national effort to connect minority businesses to capital

In his former role leading Grand Rapids-based Gun Lake Investments, Kurtis Trevan was a vocal critic of the inequities tribally owned firms face when applying for Minority Business Enterprise certifications at the regional level. 


Tuesday, 27 September 2022 13:01

Mobile Defenders acquired by industry leader in wholesale mobile device repair parts

GAINES TWP. — Joining forces with its largest competitor will give Mobile Defenders LLC an opportunity to become part of the dominant player in the wholesale mobile device repair parts market with increased economies of scale. 

Wednesday, 14 September 2022 09:01

PE-backed Kamps Inc. closes 3 deals in 30 days

WALKER — Pallet solutions firm Kamps Inc. has kicked its dealmaking into high gear over the last month, closing on acquisitions that expand the company’s footprint into Minnesota and deepen its presence in Florida.

Tuesday, 13 September 2022 16:11

Shyft Group secures first pre-orders for electric delivery vans

The Shyft Group Inc.’s Blue Arc EV Solutions brand has secured its first 2,000-unit pre-order for its new line of electric Class 3, 4 and 5 walk-in delivery vans. 


Sunday, 11 September 2022 18:55

Comfort Research co-founder forms PE firm to pursue direct-to-consumer products deals

A Q&A with Matt Jung, founder of Orange Dot Ventures LLC

Tuesday, 06 September 2022 16:30

Muskegon ranks 4th nationally for construction job growth, but workforce challenges persist

Construction employment in the Muskegon metropolitan area grew at the fourth fastest rate nationally from July 2021 to July of this year. 

Friday, 02 September 2022 11:10

Orange Dot Ventures, new PE firm from Comfort Research co-founder Matt Jung, completes first deals

A new West Michigan private equity firm has kicked off with a pair of deals for direct-to-consumer products companies. 


Tuesday, 30 August 2022 11:58

SE Michigan dealer group scoops up Keller Ford store in Walker

WALKER — Keller Ford Inc. has sold to a southeast Michigan dealership group. 

Friday, 26 August 2022 12:55

Larry J. Bell Library Foundation ‘two years ahead of schedule’ after purchasing Food Dance building 

KALAMAZOO — After exiting from the brewery he founded in 1985, Larry Bell initially planned to create a new downtown space to house his collection of Michigan history books, jazz artifacts and historic brewery industry memorabilia. 

Friday, 26 August 2022 12:27

Buoyed by recent craft beverage exits, entrepreneurial investors redeploy proceeds locally, internationally

Successful exits from West Michigan-based craft breweries are allowing company founders and investors to put their proceeds to work in new ways that reinforce the region’s entrepreneurial culture. 


Friday, 26 August 2022 12:21

West Michigan investors, former Founders chairman acquire Irish whiskey distillery

A group of mostly West Michigan investors, led by former Founders Brewing Co. Chairman John Green, has acquired Natterjack Irish Whiskey maker Gortinore Distillers & Co. after partnering with the company’s founder to avoid liquidation, MiBiz has learned. 

Sunday, 14 August 2022 10:00

Persistent inventory constraints, shifting EV sales model could change dealership format

Anewly built flagship Subaru store that Fox Motor Group LLC opened in Cascade Township simultaneously demonstrates the latest in new dealership technology and what could become a fading part of the automotive retail industry. 

Wednesday, 27 July 2022 00:06

Family owned food manufacturing giant Roskam Baking Co. sells to Chicago PE firm

GRAND RAPIDS — Roskam Baking Co., the quietly massive operation that helped put West Michigan on the map as a center for food manufacturing, has sold to new private equity owners after nearly a century as a family owned business. 


Thursday, 21 July 2022 17:30

DeVos-backed Walstrom Marine expands to SE Michigan via new acquisition

Walstrom Marine Inc., a Harbor Springs-based yacht sales and service company and marina operator acquired last year by Continuum Ventures, has expanded into southeast Michigan with its first add-on acquisition. 

Monday, 18 July 2022 14:24

Fox Motors buys 3 SE Michigan dealerships

GRAND RAPIDS — Fox Motor Group LLC has expanded its holdings in southeast Michigan with the acquisition of three dealerships from Ken Garff Automotive LLC. 

Friday, 01 July 2022 10:16

HanesBrands pays Wolverine World Wide $90M for trademarks as part of lawsuit settlement

ROCKFORD — Footwear and apparel company Wolverine World Wide Inc. is selling the trademarks for the Champion sneaker marketed by its Keds LLC subsidiary to HanesBrands Inc. in a move that settles an ongoing and bitter dispute between the two businesses.


Tuesday, 28 June 2022 11:00

Whirlpool to divest Russian operations 

BENTON HARBOR — Appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. is selling off its operations in Russia. 

Wednesday, 15 June 2022 14:56

Whitmer declines to OK Little River Band of Ottawa Indians’ proposed Fruitport Twp. casino

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she is unable to approve the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians’ proposed $180 million off-reservation casino project in Fruitport Township near Muskegon. 

Sunday, 05 June 2022 18:12

Editor’s Notebook: Off-reservation casino proposals highlight inadequate tribal funding, inequitable federal model

Whether the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians will secure the necessary approval from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to open a casino in Fruitport Township remains an open question, but the answer will likely emerge within a matter of days.


Tuesday, 24 May 2022 19:03

Whitmer asks Interior Dept. to solve ‘unworkable’ timeline involving pair of tribes

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer finds herself in a “particularly unworkable” situation regarding two American Indian tribes in West Michigan, Tribal Business News reports

Tuesday, 17 May 2022 16:09

Gun Lake Investments taps former deal partner to run operations

After a seven-year career in tribal economic development at Waséyabek Development Co. LLC for his tribe, Jimmy TenBrink now finds himself heading up operations for a familiar tribal partner. 

Monday, 11 April 2022 20:27

Newly promoted Gun Lake Casino CEO outlines vision for continued expansion

WAYLAND — In his four and a half years running Gun Lake Casino, Sal Semola has been an architect of growth in helping the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians strategically expand and solidify its gaming enterprise.


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