Grand Rapids Business Journal

GRBJ 8-3-15

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August 3, 2015

Volume: 29
Edition: 34
Since 1983, Grand Rapids Business Journal has been West Michigan's primary and most trusted source of local business news. The weekly print edition of the Business Journal, a must-read for the area’s top decision-makers, is known as the business newspaper of metro Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon and all of West Michigan.

August 3, 2015

MLM restores the glory

Dilapidated Heritage Hill mansion makes a beautiful comeback.

July 31, 2015
The rehabilitation of a historic mansion in Heritage Hill by Mary Mishler could give a TLC home improvement show a run for its money. Read More

Story development differentiates Mitten State

T-shirt maker scours old college yearbooks to come up with unique designs.

July 31, 2015
The owners at The Mitten State are excited for football season to begin. Read More

OST launches division to recruit IT professionals

Company will now share its ability to identify ‘excellent talent’ with clients.

July 31, 2015
Based on the growing difficulty of finding the right talent for IT positions and client feedback, Grand Rapids-based Open Systems Technologies is launching a formal recruiting division. Read More

Brewing supplier goes from carport to global operation

Psycho Brew’s explosive growth comes without taking on debt.

July 31, 2015
Chris Breimayer just wanted to pay for his homebrew supplies when he started his business, Psycho Brew, a brewing system manufacturer. Read More

Rockford Brewing finds a niche in local produce

Local, fresh and timely are the bywords for its beer ingredients.

July 31, 2015
Seth Rivard and Jeff Sheehan are using their love of all things natural to carve out a niche for Rockford Brewing Co. in the West Michigan brewing industry. Read More

Local survivalist turns to crowdfunding

‘Naked & Afraid’ star hopes to bring survival school to Grand Rapids.

July 31, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Grand Rapids resident Luke McLaughlin currently can be seen on the Discovery Channel’s series “Naked & Afraid XL,” trying to survive naked in a remote Colombian jungle with a group of 11 other people over the course of 40 days. Read More

Beer is a powerhouse that ‘serves America’

Report claims economic impact across the state is more than $6.6B.

July 31, 2015
The beer industry is no slouch. Read More

Wyoming gateway ready for facelift

New hotel will anchor corner’s redevelopment.

July 31, 2015
The “gateway to the east” that lies at the southeast corner of Clyde Park Avenue and 44th Street SW is about to get a lot busier. Read More

Architecture firm’s growth indicative of industry

TowerPinkster adds 14 employees this year as design business booms again.

July 31, 2015
Arnie Mikon would like to think TowerPinkster is a dramatic exception among local architecture companies — it has 14 new employees so far this year — but he said actually the whole industry is expanding. Read More

Workforce agency rebrands as West Michigan Works!

The new regionally aligned organization will cover seven counties.

July 31, 2015
Seven West Michigan counties are collaborating to form a regional organization to provide unified services for employers and job seekers. Read More

LG Electronics USA lights up Davenport campuses

Collaborative effort enhances university’s long-term sustainability goals.

July 31, 2015
A Grand Rapids-based university is receiving an illuminating makeover through a partnership with a West Michigan-based energy savings company and the North American subsidiary of an international electronics and lighting manufacturer. Read More

Law firm launches craft brewery industry group

July 31, 2015
Warner Norcross attorney Ian Kennedy has been spending a lot of time drinking beer at craft breweries. Read More

It’s update time for employee handbooks

Changes in American society are resulting in new legal decisions.

July 31, 2015
Sexual orientation is included under sex discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said last week when it announced its decision in the case of Complainant v. Anthony Foxx, Secretary, Department of Transportation (Federal Aviation Administration). Read More

Northpointe Bank ranked high by national industry association

The ICBA lists Northpointe as a top performer in 2015.

July 31, 2015
The Independent Community Bankers of America has listed Northpointe Bank in Grand Rapids as one of the top-performing community banks in the U.S. in its 2015 ratings, based on earnings and operational efficiencies throughout 2014. Read More

Inside Track: Coaching the basics on and off the court

Jim McGannon’s youth sports organization focuses on the kids and learning athletic skills, rather than on competition.

July 31, 2015
Coach Jim McGannon takes a different approach with youth sports. Read More

This partnership transcends blockade of political boundaries and egos

July 31, 2015
In the not-too-distant past during the Great Recession, counties and cities were battling for any drop of economic development within each jurisdiction while property tax revenues and income tax revenue bled red, soaking municipal budgets. Read More

Your story is a box of crayons

July 31, 2015
Let’s talk about your story — the story of your organization and what communications pieces you use to color the picture of who you are and the “why” behind what you do. Read More

European trip inspires comparisons of quality of life

July 31, 2015
My wife and I took a riverboat cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest in June. Read More

Your missing power: the power of the Master Mind

July 31, 2015
Perhaps the most powerful principle Napoleon Hill wrote about, and certainly the most enduring, is the ninth step toward riches: power of the Master Mind. Read More

Creative use of space

With viable industrial options in short supply, building may soon be the only solution.

July 31, 2015
Brokers who have clients looking for industrial space in West Michigan may need to consider some creative options. Read More

Last major rehab on Monroe Center prepares to open

The Morton is a ‘signature product’ for Rockford Construction in the heart of downtown.

July 31, 2015
The last major building redevelopment project on Monroe Center in downtown is almost complete. Read More

Is market reaching saturation point?

July 31, 2015
The West Michigan real estate industry is beginning to slow its pace. Read More

Excess capital supply, rising interest rates are top trends

West Michigan viewed as a viable secondary market for real estate investment.

July 31, 2015
While a recent report highlights key issues impacting the national and international real estate market, several trends hit home for West Michigan. Read More

Is market flipped out?

July 31, 2015
The ad delivered in the daily flow of spam brought to mind those heady days leading up to the home market crash when it seemed like every other person was trying to buy a house and then flip it. Read More

Rowe’s revival fuels north end

July 31, 2015
The mixed-use redevelopment of a historic downtown hotel is coming along smoothly. Read More

Michigan Supreme Court’s SEV ruling may result in refunds

Law firm wins fight regarding Real Estate Transfer Tax Act.

July 31, 2015
Attorneys from Warner Norcross succeeded in July in having the interpretation of a statute in the Real Estate Transfer Tax Act overturned by the Michigan Supreme Court. Read More

Arena Place closing in on project’s last retail tenant

Development also will feature law firm, PR firm, physical therapist, credit union and restaurant.

July 31, 2015
The $50 million, 130,000-square-foot Arena Place project, which will include ground floor retail, office and apartment space, and a three-level parking deck when it is completed in April, is just weeks away from signing its last tenant. Read More

Change Ups: Downtown Market snags award

July 31, 2015
The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects has recognized Montclair, N.J.-based Hugh A. Boyd Architects with an Honor Award in the Built Open category for its design of Grand Rapids Downtown Market. Read More

Construction materials prices dominated by crisis economics

July 31, 2015
Prices for inputs to construction industries expanded 0.2 percent in June after increasing 1.1 percent in May. Read More

Public Record

July 31, 2015
August 1 - Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Reading the economic tea leaves

Target market.

July 31, 2015
Consumer confidence in Michigan is approaching record levels, begging the question: Has the state’s economy recovered? Read More