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Pfizer breaks ground on $465M production facility

Pfizer broke ground Wednesday on its $465 million pharmaceutical production facility at its campus in Portage. The New York-based drugmaker broke ground 1 p.m. Wednesday on a modular aseptic processing (MAP) facility at 7171 Portage Road in Portage that will initially manufacture the pain medicine known as Dynastat, which is supplied to several international countries, […]

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West Michigan industrial sector continues rebound with national, global trends

West Michigan’s industrial economy entered the second quarter trending along with the global and national economic recoveries from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Four key activity indexes from economist Brian Long’s monthly survey of industrial purchasing managers in the Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo areas all improved from February to March, as did short- and […]

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MEDC supports developments in Grand Rapids, Middleville and Kalamazoo

A trio of West Michigan projects recently received community development funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The Michigan Strategic Fund of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) last week approved community revitalization projects in Grand Rapids, Middleville and Kalamazoo to “position the state for future prosperity,” the MEDC said. The MEDC said the projects […]

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Hard Rock hotel planned for former Gibson guitar factory in Kalamazoo

Hard Rock hotel planned for former Gibson guitar factory in Kalamazoo

A new hotel under the REVERB by Hard Rock brand is planned for the former Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Co. building in Kalamazoo. PlazaCorp Realty Advisors, Inc. and Dora Hotel Co. are partnering to bring the new hotel to 225 Parsons St. in Kalamazoo, which currently houses Heritage Guitar Inc. The redevelopment of the 103-year-old, three-story structure and attached 167,000-square-foot industrial […]

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HopCat restaurants emerge from bankruptcy, sold to new owner

HopCat restaurants emerge from bankruptcy, sold to new owner

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The chain of HopCat restaurants has been sold to new owners some five months after the former owner, BarFly Ventures, filed for bankruptcy. Two investment firms — Congruent Investment Partners and Main Street Capital — teamed up to buy BarFly Ventures for $17.5 million. They created a new operating company, Project […]

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Pfizer prepares Kalamazoo plant to manufacture COVID-19 vaccine

Pfizer prepares Kalamazoo plant to manufacture COVID-19 vaccine

A spokesman for Pfizer said the company is getting its Kalamazoo facility ready to manufacture a COVID-19 vaccine that might soon be ready for federal approval. Andy Widger, the senior director of global communications for Pfizer, said the company hopes to submit a vaccine candidate for federal approval by late October 2020. After the vaccine […]

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Developers, city partner on downtown Kalamazoo plaza

Developers, city partner on downtown Kalamazoo plaza

Treystar, Catalyst Development and the city of Kalamazoo are partnering on a placemaking project for downtown Kalamazoo. Named after the historic Haymarket District where it will be located, Haymarket Plaza will run along the north side of East Michigan Avenue between the Main Street East buildings and the 180 Water St. project. The project is […]

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The Creamery development in Kalamazoo set be finished January 2021

The Creamery development in Kalamazoo set be finished January 2021

The Kalamazoo Edison neighborhood was getting a new development expected to open at the beginning of 2021. The development is a 60,000 square foot multi-use, mixed income building named the Creamery. The Creamery was expected to have 48 apartments, with 39 of them being held for affordable housing. “The most critical need we have right […]

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Design plans for Downtown Kalamazoo Justice Facility moving along

Design plans for Downtown Kalamazoo Justice Facility moving along

Design plans for the new Downtown Justice Facility are moving along, according to designers of the project. According to county documents, the new building will be a five-story, 165,000 sq. foot facility. It will be located next to the Kalamazoo County Administration Building along Kalamazoo Avenue and serve as the consolidated base of County courts, prosecuting […]

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New distribution center creating up to 766 jobs

New distribution center creating up to 766 jobs

An out-of-state developer is breaking ground on a distribution center in the region for a major shipping company. The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners recently approved a brownfield plan for the construction of a FedEx distribution center in Portage, at 6701 Portage Rd. Indianapolis-based Scannell Properties will redevelop the property with the construction of a […]

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SIGNATURE SELLS RESTAURANT IN KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN

SIGNATURE SELLS RESTAURANT IN KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN

KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN—October 7, 2019— Signature Associates has negotiated the sale of Mitten Dogs located at 2625 Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, Michigan.   Jeff Chrystal and Jim Olsen of Signature Associates represented the seller, Mitten Dogs & More.  Jeff also represented the purchaser, Arabian House. About Signature Associates Signature Associates, with offices in Southfield, Detroit, Lansing, Grand […]

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Packaging company investing $600M in expansion

Packaging company investing $600M in expansion

A maker of coated recycled paperboard is planning a $600 million expansion in the region. Atlanta-based Graphic Packaging International plans to invest the funds for a new machine and subsequent building expansion to produce coated recycled paperboard, used to make such products as cereal boxes, at the existing mill in Kalamazoo, at 1500 N. Pitcher […]

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Western Michigan prepares to sell sites at business park expansion

Western Michigan prepares to sell sites at business park expansion

Western Michigan University now has the green light to begin selling business parcels in the second phase of the Business, Technology and Research Park. While the preparation of the site itself is ongoing, the university’s Board of Trustees formally established the park’s second phase at its meeting Wednesday, June 26, and granted university officials permission […]

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SIGNATURE ASSOCIATES HOSTS COMPANY-WIDE VOLUNTEER EVENT AT GLEANERS COMMUNITY FOOD BANK

SOUTHFIELD, MICHIGAN—April 24, 2017— Signature Associates company-wide volunteer effort with 81 Signature professionals from our eight regional offices along with their friends and families gathered at Gleaners Community Food Bank on April 21, in downtown Detroit. Signature Team Cares worked together to touch over 24,000 Southeastern Michigan residents by redistributing and packing food along with […]

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