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Fencing company announces first Midwest franchise in Grand Rapids

Superior Fence & Rail welcomed Phillip Haan and Kyle Brinks as the owners of its first Midwest franchise.

Blackford Capital portfolio company merges to create new entity

A provider of interior design, procurement and project management services for the hospitality industry is merging with a similar company to create a new entity under the Blackford Capital umbrella.

Custer marks 40 years in business

Not every business can stay family owned as the years fly by, but Custer has continued to grow and flourish in its second generation of leadership.

Founder grows U-Plant Landscape Designs

Sandy Jonick started U-Plant Landscape Designs after hearing from homeowners who would be happy to dig a hole and plant their own flowers and shrubs if someone could just provide a blueprint.

Jeweler turns bad year into fuel for her fire

Although Lisa Lehmann’s life in the past year reads like the lyrics of a country song, she’s using the pain to forge a stronger business.
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Deal reached on project to protect lakes from invasive fish

TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan, Illinois and a federal agency agreed on funding the next phase of an initiative to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes by strengthening defenses on a Chicago-area waterway, officials said Thursday.

Ten-member design team closes out 2020 with $1M in revenue

Well Design Studio has seen unprecedented growth in 2020.

Camping resort offers primitive living

Just off of U.S. 131, away from the din of rubber on concrete, a group of local developers are taking steps to transform a 45-acre property in Rockford into an off-the-grid camping experience where visitors can unplug from technology and reconnect with the outdoors.

Company introduces ‘mobile’ Wi-Fi for students

A Grand Rapids company is offering school districts the option of providing Wi-Fi to their students in the unlikeliest of places.

Grand Rapids design pro joins Value City Furniture

Value City Furniture announced interior design guru, online content creator and author Farah Merhi will serve as its first designer looks style expert.

Hospitals get creative amid COVID-19

Experts in the field of health care, as well as those in the design and construction of hospital systems, have been talking for many years about maximizing existing care space and expanding outpatient facilities and telehealth options, but COVID-19 exposed many flaws in hospital systems and brought these issues to the forefront of hospital innovation.

Well Design Studio outgrows Fulton location in just months

Community-focused design firm Well Design Studio continues to push itself.

Companies enroll in WELL certification for COVID-19 prep

Catalyst Partners recently enrolled its office building in the WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facilities Operations and Management.

Vos Glass expands to Lansing

Vos Glass announced it is opening a second location in Lansing to service existing and new customers in the mid-Michigan area.

Educational platform caters to new audience

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Since March, when schools were ordered to close in Michigan, families have turned to the web for educational content for their children.

Downtown corporate suites prove to be popular

When Christine Carson, residential property manager for CWD Real Estate Investment, decided to convert some units at The Rowe and The Gallery in downtown Grand Rapids to corporate guest suites, she had no way of knowing the move would serve as a necessary temporary residence during a pandemic that forced hotels to close.

Commercial firms get creative with showings during pandemic

With some commercial real estate transactions stalled, companies are starting to get creative.

Design studio sells to Canadian buyer

A design firm in the region was acquired by a former Subway franchisee from Canada.

‘Handcrafted’ over mass-produced

When it comes to quality, Todd McClure isn’t playing around.McClure — who has experience on the retail side of the home game-room products industry...

German company opens local furniture testing lab

A nearly 150-year-old German product inspection company is making its first foray into West Michigan via a testing lab that will serve the region’s...

New prefabrication techniques reshaping West Michigan construction industry

Prefabrication, also referred to as “off-site construction,” allows various building elements to be manufactured and assembled in a factory and then erected on a...

West Side HQ earns LEED plaudits

A local sustainability consultant earned two awards for its headquarters renovations.Catalyst Partners’ LEED EBOM Platinum-certified office building renovation at 502 Second St. NW in...

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