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Joe Boomgaard

Joe Boomgaard

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

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 09:31

S2 Yachts to sell Pursuit Boats brand in deal valued at $100 million

S2 Yachts Inc. will sell its Pursuit Boats brand in a deal valued at $100 million.

Saturday, 18 August 2018 16:59

Chinese firm acquires West Michigan agtech/construction software developer

SARANAC — Inking a deal with a Chinese firm will allow a West Michigan machine control software developer to reach a broader market, as well as possibly move beyond some legal troubles that have plagued it over the last decade.

Thursday, 09 August 2018 12:17

Tillerman Seeds acquires Wisconsin seed producer

A West Michigan investment firm focused on the agricultural industry has acquired its second seed company in the last nine months.


Friday, 27 July 2018 12:45

Gordon Food Service secures interest-free loan to support $51M expansion near Montreal

Distributor Gordon Food Service Inc. is beefing up its Canadian operations with an expansion project in Quebec.

Saturday, 07 July 2018 14:28

Restauranteur Roundtable: Grand Rapids restaurant owners struggle with talent, city's still-developing foodie culture

Talent issues dominate most business discussions these days, and that’s certainly true among entrepreneurs in Grand Rapids’ restaurant scene. 

Friday, 29 June 2018 13:31

DHE Climate Solutions LLC acquires fellow HVAC contractor

A Kent County HVAC contractor turned to an acquisition to tap into additional talent and access new markets.


Sunday, 24 June 2018 14:00

A Tale of Two Perspectives: Veteran office furniture execs differ on view of industry’s future

Two perfectly logical people can share an experience and still come to two entirely different conclusions.

Sunday, 24 June 2018 14:00

EXPANDING THE PIE: Council includes broader representation from state’s craft beverage sectors

Vander Heide, the current president of the Michigan Cider Association, said the cider industry fought hard to be included specifically in the new law’s language outlining the council’s governing board.

An update to Michigan law is bringing a more equitable approach to how license fees from craft beverage producers are spent. 

Friday, 22 June 2018 10:00

PE-owned Grand Rapids trucking firm sold to Minnesota company

A West Michigan-based trucking firm that grew out of the bankruptcy of Gainey Corp. has new owners.


Saturday, 09 June 2018 17:08

Q&A: Jim Teets, ADAC Automotive

ADAC Automotive has launched one of the most ambitious capital projects in the manufacturer’s history. The Tier 1 supplier door of handles and exterior mirrors plans to invest roughly $23.5 million to build a new 56,000-square-foot corporate headquarters on Eagle Drive in Cascade Township, as well as expand its research and development facility by 24,000 square feet. With the move, ADAC plans to add 50 high-tech positions. MiBiz spoke with President and CEO Jim Teets about the investment, which comes during a period in which automotive sales are starting to flatten.

Friday, 08 June 2018 13:02

Mid-Michigan brewery to close Sunday

A West Michigan brewery is closing its doors this weekend after four years in operation.

Friday, 08 June 2018 09:46

Steelcase to acquire Texas education furniture maker for $145 million

The flurry of deals in the office furniture industry this week continued today with Steelcase Inc. announcing it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a Texas manufacturer of education furniture. 


Thursday, 07 June 2018 09:00

ADAC Automotive to invest $23.5 million in new HQ campus

ADAC Automotive hopes to attract more highly-skilled workers with a new headquarters campus south of Grand Rapids.

Saturday, 26 May 2018 15:57

Maturing West Michigan Craft Breweries Embrace Automation

GRAND RAPIDS — In its first five years, The Mitten Brewing Co. mostly brewed beer to serve in its Grand Rapids pub and a satellite taproom in Northport on the Leelanau Peninsula. 

Saturday, 26 May 2018 15:17

As headwinds arise, craft brewers refocus on community, smart growth

The craft brewing industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace. As breweries strive to stay relevant in the eyes of thirsty customers, they also need to find ways to keep their distributor and retail partners happy. Companies need to balance all those demands and more if they plan to grow beyond the taproom model, which still provides their most lucrative sales.


Saturday, 26 May 2018 15:04

‘Realistic expectations’ urged as craft beer industry matures, competition rises

The meteoric rise of Michigan’s craft brewing industry has spawned the creation of hundreds of new companies in communities all over the state. 

Saturday, 26 May 2018 14:49

Brewery execs question craft beer’s emerging two-tiered pricing strategy

Stroll through the beer aisle at some West Michigan grocery supercenters and you might notice a bit of gold tucked between the red, white and blue cases of Budweiser and MillerCoors brands. 

Saturday, 26 May 2018 14:26

Craft brewers continue to eke out growth despite increased volatility

Muskegon’s Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. is embarking on ambitious expansion plans as the company wrestles with how best to compete in the highly volatile industry.


Saturday, 26 May 2018 12:33

Canned Heat: MiBiz Special Report / Craft Beer

Explosive growth in Michigan’s craft beer industry has created hundreds of new companies over the last decade. As a result of all those new entrants, competition in the industry has ratcheted up to an all-time high, testing the industry’s collegiality and owners’ appetite for risk. Even so, many executives still see opportunities to expand their companies. In this comprehensive special report, MiBiz explores how savvy companies are adapting their business models to thrive in an increasingly volatile market.

Sunday, 13 May 2018 18:17

Sietsema Cider to open satellite tasting room in Cedar Springs

A West Michigan cider producer plans to open a satellite tasting room in northern Kent County.

Sunday, 08 April 2018 20:21

Partners propose new microbrewery near Rockford

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP — Three Michigan natives plan to open a new microbrewery in the Rockford area.


Wednesday, 04 April 2018 15:13

Airgas acquires West Michigan distributor of food and beverage gases

A West Michigan distributor of gases for the food and beverage industry has been acquired by Radnor, Pa.-based Airgas Inc.

Tuesday, 03 April 2018 08:00

Illinois craft distiller dismisses trademark case against Gray Skies Distillery

Two craft distilleries have agreed to a negotiated settlement in a trademark dispute stemming from a November lawsuit.

Sunday, 01 April 2018 22:53

Q&A: Aaron Zeigler, President of Zeigler Automotive Group

Kalamazoo-based Zeigler Automotive Group ranked as the 62nd largest dealership group in the U.S. with 15,090 new car sales in 2017, according to an annual ranking in Automotive News. Last year, the company generated $1.08 billion in revenue with 23 stores in West Michigan and the Chicago area and one it just sold in New York. Despite projections for slowing auto sales nationally, President Aaron Zeigler said the dealership group has experienced a strong start to 2018 with sales up more than 20 percent in January and February and with business on track for an all-time company record month in March. “It isn’t even close,” he said during a recent interview at the new Zeigler Motorsports store in Comstock Township. He spoke with MiBiz about the car dealer business and his company’s success through an intentional focus on leadership training. 


Friday, 16 March 2018 08:30

Mitten Brewing to expand with third location

A popular west side brewery and restaurant has set its sights on the lakeshore for its third brewpub, MiBiz has learned.

Sunday, 04 March 2018 18:42

Tragic tale: Why Michigan’s grayling went the way of the dodo

For all of the arctic grayling’s remarkableness, the mechanics behind its eventual extinction in Michigan is a story all too common.

Sunday, 04 March 2018 18:38

Partners back effort to reintroduce long-extinct arctic grayling to Michigan rivers

A broad statewide partnership is examining what it would take to reintroduce a native fish that disappeared from Michigan waters more than 80 years ago.


Tuesday, 27 February 2018 13:19

Automotive, medical device manufacturer Action Fabricators sells to PE-backed firm

After nearly doubling the business over the last two and a half years, the private equity owners of Action Fabricators Inc. decided the market timing was right to find a partner to take the company to the next level.

Friday, 23 February 2018 13:07

SpartanNash to reinvest federal tax savings in workers, growing Family Fare brand

Over the next year, SpartanNash Co. plans to reinvest its federal tax savings in its employees and in energizing its Family Fare grocery stores.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:06

Wolverine World Wide eyes new acquisitions in 2018

With the “heavy lifting” of its restructuring plan mostly completed, shoe and apparel marketer and retailer Wolverine World Wide Inc. plans to turn its attention to growth in 2018.


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