Focus

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Autocam Medical expands its presence

Acquisition of Tennessee firm should bring combined 2015 revenues to $100M.

December 12, 2014
A Grand Rapids-based medical device company is looking to expand into the contract/manufacturing market by adding to its customer base with the acquisition of a Tennessee-based manufacturer. Read More

Trillium sparks conversation on how to live, die and grieve well

Holland Home affiliation leverages technical, financial and administrative infrastructure.

December 12, 2014
A new organization is taking a different approach to the end-of-life journey by emphasizing honest communication between patient and physician and serving as a resource for those navigating complex medical and emotional decisions. Read More

Iconic Steelcase building to become collaborative learning campus

Originally built for engineering and manufacturing innovation, it now will house area students.

December 5, 2014
With a new model for collaborative education, the team behind Pyramid Campus plans to renovate the Steelcase Pyramid upon closing of a $7.5 million sale anticipated early next year. Read More

West Michigan agriculture product recognized for design

Seed sensor is engineered to produce critical information for farmers.

December 5, 2014
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has recognized a West Michigan product as “one of the year's most innovative designs in engineering products or systems for the food and agriculture industries.” Read More

Divvying up holiday time can be difficult for divorced parents

A specific plan will go a long way toward creating happy holidays.

November 28, 2014
The holiday season is here and with it comes many stresses, including shopping, dinner preparation, kids home for winter break and figuring out holiday plans. Read More

63rd District Court to welcome new judge Jan. 1

Jeffrey O’Hara will be the first new judge in Rockford court in 40 years.

November 28, 2014
The 63rd District Court is about to undergo a big change. After four decades, Judge Steven R. Servaas has retired and his seat will be filled with new blood. Read More

Winter slips and falls lead to rise in workers’ comp claims

Court rulings, depending on factors, aren’t always so cut-and-dried, either.

November 28, 2014
Along with mounds of snow and freezing cold temperatures, winter also brings a rise in workers’ compensation claims. Read More

State workers get go-ahead in job discrimination cases

November 28, 2014
Federal courts have dealt a double defeat to the state in job discrimination-related suits by former employees. Read More

Sales of first mortgages jumped in 2014

The frigid weather at the start of the year delayed the mortgage season in Michigan.

November 21, 2014
Dodd-Frank and the polar vortex both bedeviled the mortgage industry in Michigan in early 2014, but home buying has definitely picked up and is predicted to continue through 2015. Read More

Mercantile reports first full quarter after merger

It is now the fourth largest bank domiciled in Michigan.

November 21, 2014
There were some trying moments for Mercantile Bank Corp. over the past 16 months, but it may be smoother sailing ahead for the Grand Rapids-based organization, which just reported results of its first full quarter after a major merger with Firstbank Corp. of Alma. Read More