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Private equity firm acquires office supplies company

July 24, 2014
A private equity firm has added to its portfolio of companies by acquiring a maker of office supplies. Read More

Eastern Alliance Insurance Group opens facility in Grandville

Pennsylvania insurer specializes in workers’ compensation claims.

July 18, 2014
After dipping its toes in the water in neighboring Indiana, an insurance group specializing in workers’ compensation is ready to take the plunge in Michigan. Read More

Lamar in Chapter 7 bankruptcy

July 18, 2014
Lamar Construction of Hudsonville, one of the larger commercial/industrial construction companies in West Michigan, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy July 11, indicating in court documents it has more than 200 creditors and debts of $10 million to $50 million, with estimated assets between $10 million and $50 million. Read More

Tax collections lag economic recovery

July 18, 2014
Clear signs of an improving economy are seen on many fronts these days, but in West Michigan at least, property tax collections tend to lag behind the growth rate of income tax revenues. Read More

Credit unions merge

July 16, 2014
Two credit unions in the region are merging. Read More

E-cigarette maker inks $60M investment deal with conglomerate

July 16, 2014
An e-cigarette maker has signed an investment deal for up to $60 million with one of the largest distributors of tobacco products throughout the Middle East and Africa. Read More

Gill Holding Co. names CFO

July 15, 2014
Gill Holding Company, a global supplier of engineered assemblies and modules for the auto industry, has hired an industry veteran as its new chief financial officer. Read More

Jury convicts accountant of murdering colleague

July 14, 2014
| By AP
A certified public accountant has been convicted of second-degree murder in the slaying of a prominent colleague. Read More

Survey highlights manufacturers’ biggest risk factors

Competition tops list, but there are concerns about skilled employees, too.

July 11, 2014
Michigan’s publicly traded manufacturing companies consider competition and consolidation to be their biggest risks in 2014. Read More

Mother Nature has insurance and restoration companies hopping

The Kentwood tornado adds to winter ice damage still being repaired.

July 11, 2014
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Like many other insurance agents in the Grand Rapids region, Mike Brouwers’ phone was ringing off the hook a week ago, a result of the tornado that ripped through the densely populated suburb of Kentwood Sunday evening. Read More