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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.

Thursday, 08 December 2022 11:50

Longtime West Michigan office furniture exec to lead Hope Network 

GRAND RAPIDS — Bob Von Kaenel, a longtime executive at Kentwood Office Furniture and Herman Miller Inc., has been named the new president and CEO of nonprofit health care services provider Hope Network.

Wednesday, 07 December 2022 13:00

Walker automation manufacturer plans $5.7M expansion amid continued growth

WALKER — Automation solutions provider Axis Automation has announced a $5.7 million expansion in Walker that it expects could create up to 50 jobs.

Wednesday, 07 December 2022 11:23

PE-backed Burke Porter Group adds to life sciences portfolio with acquisition of Irish firm

ADA — Burke Porter Group is expanding its footprint to Ireland and bolstering its life sciences capabilities with the acquisition of a leading manufacturer of assembly products and storage solutions for the biomedical industry.

Tuesday, 06 December 2022 17:14

UFP Industries acquires Texas corrugated packaging maker, distributor

GRAND RAPIDS TWP.  — Diversified construction, packaging and industrial product manufacturer UFP Industries Inc. has expanded its packaging division with the acquisition of a Texas firm. 

Monday, 05 December 2022 10:29

Grand Rapids I.T. service provider sells to Indiana consulting firm

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids-based I.T. services provider Micro Visions Inc. has sold to an Indiana consulting firm in what company executives described as a “natural fit.”

Sunday, 04 December 2022 17:47

MiBiz Growth Report: Dec. 5, 2022

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

Sunday, 04 December 2022 17:42

People in the news: Dec. 5, 2022

Here are the staffing announcements from the Nov. 21, 2022 print edition. 

Thursday, 01 December 2022 12:11

Video Q&A: Fishbeck executive discusses development outlook, growth amid challenges, DEI

Jenny Waugh, director of sales and marketing at Fishbeck, discusses the talent shortage as the biggest obstacle to growth, how the full-service construction and design firm is managing through market disruptions, and how companies can achieve more equity and gender parity within their operations.

Wednesday, 30 November 2022 21:05

Startup racks up investments to scale battery manufacturing at Meadowbrook plant in Holland

HOLLAND — An equity investment from United Airlines Ventures could allow a startup advanced battery company to ramp up production in Holland via a partnership with automotive battery supplier Clarios International Inc. 

Wednesday, 30 November 2022 18:01

Cascade Engineering sells powersports division to PE-backed firm

CASCADE TWP. — Cascade Engineering Inc. has sold its powersports division to a private equity-backed firm, marking a second notable sale this year for the plastic injection molding manufacturer.

Tuesday, 29 November 2022 16:27

GR-based Tommy’s Boats expands in California with deal for boat dealership

GRAND RAPIDS — Tommy’s Boats LLC, a retailer of ski, wake and pontoon boats, is expanding its operations in California with the acquisition of Larson Marine Inc., a Stockton, Calif.-based watersports dealer.

Monday, 28 November 2022 09:21

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Ottawa Co. adopts $32.7M ARPA spending plan

Ottawa County commissioners last week signed off on a $32.7 million spending plan that will direct federal stimulus funding to two dozen local projects.

Monday, 21 November 2022 10:26

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Talent, inflation top concerns for West Mich. biz execs, survey finds

A survey of more than 300 West Michigan business leaders shows that talent availability and inflation are their biggest barriers to growth, while investing in automation and raising prices will be key measures to overcome risk.

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