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Monday, 30 January 2023 11:10

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Developer plans $220M project at former Shaw Walker Furniture building in Muskegon

Developer Jon Rooks’ Parkland Properties has closed on the purchase of a large former furniture factory in Muskegon, and plans a $220 million mixed-use investment in the site.

Sunday, 29 January 2023 14:43

MiBiz Growth Report: Jan. 30, 2023

A roundup of mergers and acquisitions, expansions and other briefs across West Michigan.

Wednesday, 25 January 2023 10:56

Consulting, engineering firm Disher acquires leader development organization

ZEELAND — West Michigan engineering, consulting and product development firm Disher Corp. has acquired leader-development organization Leading by Design LLC in what company executives call an “ideal fit.”

Monday, 23 January 2023 12:54

West Michigan Sports Commission reports record year for events, visitor spending

The West Michigan Sports Commission experienced its most successful year to date in 2022 as it generated $90.5 million in direct visitor spending during a record number of events.

Monday, 23 January 2023 12:36

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Group envisions parks, renewable energy at former Michigan coal plants

A Chicago-based environmental law group is launching a new initiative this year to work with Michigan utilities and local governments on potentially repurposing closed or soon-to-retire coal plants with public amenities and renewable energy generation.

Thursday, 19 January 2023 16:04

GR steel distributor enters stainless, aluminum industry with largest acquisition to date

CASCADE TWP. — West Michigan flat-rolled carbon steel distributor Mill Steel Co. is expanding into the stainless steel and aluminum metal markets following the acquisition of distributors in Ohio and Illinois.

Monday, 16 January 2023 16:57

Sault Tribe hires new law firm to seek relief from $88.8M ruling for casino damages

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians will seek relief and potentially appeal a recent circuit court ruling against its gaming entity for nearly $89 million in damages for two failed casino projects, and hire a new law firm as legal counsel.

Sunday, 15 January 2023 17:27

MiBiz Growth Report: Jan. 16, 2023

A roundup of mergers and acquisitions, expansions and other briefs across West Michigan.

Sunday, 15 January 2023 17:23

People in the news: Jan. 16, 2023

Here are the staffing announcements from the Jan. 16, 2023 print edition. 

Thursday, 12 January 2023 11:51

Whitecaps announce 5-year LMCU Ballpark modernization project

COMSTOCK PARK — West Michigan Whitecaps executives have announced a five-year, multi-phase plan to upgrade their home facilities at LMCU Ballpark.

Tuesday, 10 January 2023 10:56

LaFontaine Automotive Group adds second GR-area store with deal for Pfeiffer Lincoln

GRAND RAPIDS — LaFontaine Automotive Group LLC is adding to its West Michigan market presence with a deal to acquire Grand Rapids-based Pfeiffer Lincoln Inc. 

Monday, 09 January 2023 13:44

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Report tracks growth for lakeshore companies despite challenges

Economic development organization Lakeshore Advantage Corp. last month released a report highlighting growth among companies in Allegan and Ottawa counties despite ongoing labor and supply chain headwinds.

Thursday, 05 January 2023 12:19

SpartanNash acquires Upper Peninsula grocery wholesaler

BYRON CENTER — Food distribution and retail company SpartanNash Co. is expanding its distribution capacity with the acquisition of an independent grocery wholesaler in the Upper Peninsula. 

Wednesday, 04 January 2023 17:27

Family-owned HVAC distributor acquired by global manufacturer

GRAND RAPIDS — Williams Distributing Co., a Grand Rapids-based distributor of HVAC equipment and residential building products, has been acquired by a subsidiary of global manufacturer Daikin Industries Ltd.

Wednesday, 04 January 2023 17:23

Family-owned Hudsonville Ice Cream hires former Smucker exec as new CEO

HOLLAND —  Veteran food exec Tina Floyd will join family-owned Hudsonville Creamery and Ice Cream Company LLC on Feb. 13 as its next CEO, taking over for co-owner Denny Ellens.

Friday, 30 December 2022 13:10

Family owned C-store operator Davis Oil acquired by Majors Management

BATTLE CREEK — Davis Oil Co., a convenience store operator with 21 locations in West Michigan, has sold to Lawrenceville, Ga.-based Majors Management LLC. 

Thursday, 29 December 2022 14:08

Eastern Kille to break ground on new Plainfield Twp. distillery, bar, restaurant

PLAINFIELD TWP. — Eastern Kille Distillery will kick off the new year with a groundbreaking ceremony for its new headquarters, distillery operations, bar and restaurant in Plainfield Charter Township.

Thursday, 29 December 2022 12:51

New ventures, bankruptcies and batteries: The 10 most-read manufacturing stories of 2022

West Michigan’s manufacturing sector experienced a mix of highs and lows in 2022, as several major ventures plan to bring in billions of dollars in new investments while other companies contended with inflation, supply chain disruptions and labor availability.

Thursday, 29 December 2022 12:47

Pandemic fundraising and new beginnings: The 10 most-read nonprofit stories of 2022

After nearly two years of contending with a pandemic that brought fundraising uncertainty and growing community needs, West Michigan nonprofits spent 2022 finding new ways to serve and capturing much-needed federal relief funding.

Wednesday, 28 December 2022 19:03

Spectrum, Beaumont integration and expansions top most-read health care stories of 2022

The blockbuster merger of Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health in February of 2022 created a monthslong process, including a couple of name changes, to merge the two large health systems. 

Wednesday, 28 December 2022 13:53

West Michigan electric services provider sells to individual investor

CASCADE TWP. — Control Electric Inc., a residential and commercial electric services provider, was sold to an unnamed individual investor.

Tuesday, 27 December 2022 13:53

Housing, economic development lead most-read stories of 2022

Major housing developments that would add hundreds of much-needed units and large entertainment venues in downtown Grand Rapids were among the top 10 most-read stories by MiBiz readers in 2022.

Thursday, 22 December 2022 11:57

Amerifirst Home Mortgage acquired by Ohio mortgage firm

Union Home Mortgage — a retail, wholesale and consumer-direct mortgage company based in Strongsville, Ohio — has acquired Portage-based Amerifirst Home Mortgage.

Wednesday, 21 December 2022 15:08

Meritage inks deal for portfolio of 43 Midwest Wendy’s stores

GRAND RAPIDS — Franchise restaurant operator Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. is expanding its portfolio of Wendy’s restaurants with a deal to acquire a group of restaurants in the Midwest. 

Wednesday, 21 December 2022 09:00

Crain Communications acquires MiBiz, details Grand Rapids market strategy

GRAND RAPIDS — Regional business publication MiBiz will join the growing portfolio of Detroit-based Crain Communications Inc. under a new deal announced today. 

Tuesday, 20 December 2022 15:22

2 West Michigan civil engineering firms plan merger

Holland Engineering Inc. aims to expand its offerings to municipal clients under a merger planned with another West Michigan civil engineering firm.

Monday, 19 December 2022 12:03

FireKeepers Casino names longtime tribal gaming HR exec as new CEO

BATTLE CREEK — The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi has selected Frank Tecumseh to serve as its new CEO of its FireKeepers Casino Hotel enterprise. 

Thursday, 15 December 2022 11:58

AMI Entertainment Network acquired by Los Angeles PE firm

WYOMING — AMI Entertainment Network LLC, a provider of digital jukeboxes and other products for the restaurant and bar industry, has been acquired by a Los Angeles private equity firm.

Monday, 12 December 2022 12:36

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: West Mich. economy regains footing after pandemic downturn

West Michigan’s economy and workforce have largely rebounded from the pandemic-induced downturn of early 2020, according to a recent report from economic development organization The Right Place Inc.

Thursday, 08 December 2022 13:54

Wolverine World Wide to divest Keds brand, leathers business to cut costs

ROCKFORD — Wolverine World Wide Inc. will divest its Keds brand and Wolverine Leathers business, while also implement staff reductions, in an effort to drive cost savings in 2023.

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