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Flat River Group opens distribution center, appoints leaders

A toy and game distributor in the region added new space in Kentwood, hired two senior staff members and appointed a board member. Matt Stahlin, co-founder and president of Belding-based Flat River Group, told the Business Journal last week that his company opened a new, 160,000-square-foot distribution center at 3729 Patterson Ave. SE in Kentwood on […]

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SIGNATURE LEASES 1,500 SQUARE FEET OF PROPERTY RETAIL IN HUDSONVILLE, MICHIGAN

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN—September 2, 2020— Signature Associates has negotiated the lease of 1,500 square feet of retail space located at 5340 Plaza Avenue, Hudsonville, Michigan to Edward D. Jones & Co., LP.   Joe Rizqallah of Signature Associates represented the landlord, NAM Properties, LLC. Signature and NAM have worked together for over four years. We […]

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SIGNATURE SELLS 13,812 SQUARE FEET OF OFFICE IN JENISON, MICHIGAN

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN—August 17, 2020— Signature Associates has negotiated the sale of a 13,812 square foot office building located at 501 Baldwin Street, Jenison, Michigan.   Joe Rizqallah of Signature Associates represented the seller, Huntington National Bank, and the purchaser, 501 Baldwin, LLC. The purchaser is currently working on multiple transactions with Signature Associates. He […]

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Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing opens $60M fill-and-finish facility

A parenteral contract development and manufacturing organization for the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries completed its 20-month, $60 million expansion. Grand Rapids-based Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing (GRAM) today hosted a private grand opening for its new 61,500-square-foot injectable fill-and-finish facility that is the fifth building in GRAM’s footprint and its third fill-and-finish facility. It is located at […]

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First ‘social zones’ now open in downtown Grand Rapids

Visitors to downtown will notice four new outdoor “social zones” that were installed in public spaces over the weekend to give restaurants and retailers more room to serve customers in the era of social distancing. Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and the city of Grand Rapids on Friday began installing the four contiguous social zones — […]

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The KR Group expands to lakeshore

Grand Rapids-based tech company The KR Group opened a second location in Spring Lake. CEO Matt Keeler explained this move was something the company has been considering for a while. The KR Group has been operating in Grand Rapids for 10 years. As the company’s customer base grew to include more customers along the lakeshore, the need […]

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Rockford acquires management of McKay Tower

Rockford Property Management assumed property management responsibilities at the historic McKay Tower in downtown Grand Rapids. “We couldn’t be more excited to add the iconic McKay Tower to our growing management portfolio alongside our Tribal partners Gun Lake Investments and Waséyabek Development Company,” said Monica Steimle-App, executive vice president of real estate development and property […]

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Portage approves $93M budget, plans to reassess quarterly as coronavirus affects revenue

The Portage City Council approved a $93 million budget during its Tuesday, May 26, meeting, but plans to reassess the budget quarterly as revenues change due to the coronavirus pandemic, the city manager said. Despite the economic impact of the pandemic, the city passed a balanced budget and retained a 24% reserve in its general […]

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Signs of Hope: Tourist towns bank on cabin fever-weary Michiganders to revive industry

As states consider when and how to loosen stay-at-home restrictions, some West Michigan business owners look to summer tourism with careful optimism. Their hope followed a startling hit to the country’s tourism industry, which hemorrhaged as coronavirus disease 2019 infected more than a million people and killed tens of thousands of others. “In the short term, […]

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Kent County receives Triple-A bond rating for 22nd consecutive year

Rating agencies S&P Global and Moody’s Investors Service once again affirmed long-term Triple-A credit ratings for Kent County. “This dual credit rating is a direct result of the solid fiscal policies we’ve maintained on behalf of the people of Kent County — even through this pandemic,” said Mandy Bolter, chair of the Kent County board […]

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Real estate uncertainty could bring opportunity

The COVID-19 pandemic upended an otherwise steady and busy quarter for commercial real estate in West Michigan, according to Colliers International West Michigan’s 2020 Q1 market reports. “Q1 began with a high level of activity across all sectors coming off a strong end to 2019; in fact, it was stronger than Q1 2019,” said Jon […]

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Region’s Q2 GDP expected to drop over 20%

Early projections are out about the impact of COVID-19 on the West Michigan economy, and they paint a sobering picture for the second quarter of 2020. James Chung — partner at StratoDem Analytics, a data science firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts that generates geographic market intelligence and forecasting in the U.S. — told the Business Journal […]

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Industrial park in Three Rivers now filled

Three Rivers Industrial Development Authority reached a milestone last year, when an Indiana-based company bought more than 60 acres of property at Three Rivers Area Enterprise Park. TekModo’s purchase of more than 40 acres last year signaled TRIDA fulfilling its mission of selling all the property within the industrial park. The park, opened in the […]

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Drug company making $113M oral care acquisition

A drug manufacturer with a major West Michigan presence is acquiring the oral care assets of a company that is in bankruptcy proceedings. Dublin, Ireland-based Perrigo — which has its North American headquarters in Allegan — said Monday that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire the oral care assets of High Ridge Brands for $113 […]

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Muskegon County busy with redevelopment projects

With a $19 million convention center underway, several projects on the waterfront, a micro hotel and some mixed-use buildings, downtown Muskegon has become an epicenter of development activity along the lakeshore. “We are in a historic transformation,” said Dave Alexander, the business development manager for the city of Muskegon. While downtown Muskegon remains arguably the […]

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CHIP HURLEY ELECTED AS PRESIDENT FOR THE COMMERCIAL ALLIANCE OF REALTORS WEST MICHIGAN® (CARWM) FOR 2020

Chip Hurley of Signature Associates was elected President of the Commercial Alliance of Realtors West Michigan® (CARWM) for the 2020 term. Chip has been a commercial broker for 24 years and has received both his CCIM and SIOR designations. He is also a member of the National & Michigan Association of Realtors.   As President […]

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Grand Rapids ranks No. 3 among large cities for ‘thriving’ manufacturing

Grand Rapids was ranked third among large cities where manufacturing is “thriving,” according to a new study. AdvisorSmith, a financial services advisory startup based in New York, ranked Grand Rapids at No. 3 over other large cities such as Hartford, Connecticut; Greenville, South Carolina; Detroit; and San Francisco. According to the report, manufacturing output per […]

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Grand Rapids’ The Right Place Supports Peterson Farms Expansion, New Community Transformation Fund

Peterson Farms Inc. in Shelby, Mich., north of Muskegon, has announced a $22 million expansion of its operations that will add 54 jobs. The project has the support of The Right Place Inc., the Oceana County Economic Alliance, the Michigan Economic Development Corp., Michigan Community Capital, and Michigan Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development. The […]

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Mall adding four stores

Coming off of a storm of activity in 2019, Woodland Mall announced its latest lineup of new and first-to-market retailers for 2020. Champs Sports, a major North American specialty sports retailer, will be the first of four stores to open at the mall, followed by Aéropostale, Sephora and White House Black Market. These new retailers […]

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Mixed-use development in downtown Muskegon gets $1.5 million in state funding

The state of Michigan is providing funding assistance for a new mixed-use development in downtown Muskegon. The Michigan Strategic Fund voted Tuesday to award Sweetwater Development Partners LLC financial assistance in the amount of $1.5 million through the Michigan Community Revitalization Program. The request supports an $8.9 million project that includes a six-story mixed-use building called […]

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Allegan County offers diversity of properties, development opportunities

The various pockets of development in Allegan County make the area difficult to define in broad strokes.  To the west, there’s the Lake Michigan shoreline, dotted with high-end homes and the resort community of Saugatuck, as well as a corner of the city of Holland that includes the West Michigan Regional Airport. In the middle of […]

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5 notable construction projects from West Michigan

Contractors are capping off another busy year for developments across West Michigan. From the largest mixed-use project in downtown Grand Rapids history, to new modern buildings in historic areas, these are five notable projects from around the region on the radar for MiBiz this year. Here’s a closer look at them. 10 Ionia Architect: Yamasaki Associates Inc., Troy […]

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Bank opens regional office downtown

A bank has unveiled its new regional corporate office and banking center inside a newly completed high-rise downtown. TCF Bank, a subsidiary of TCF Financial Corporation, which merged with Chemical Bank this summer, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 10 for its new regional corporate office and banking center in downtown Grand Rapids, at 150 Ottawa […]

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Cascade looks into relocating office

Cascade Township officials are exploring the use of a vacant manufacturing headquarters as a potential site for a consolidated township office. The township board signed an agreement with an option to purchase the property at 5920 Tahoe Drive SE from Tahoe Associates LLC after the successful completion of a due-diligence period ending Dec. 12. If […]

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Engineering firm moves into West Michigan market

An engineering firm from the state’s east side is setting up operations in West Michigan. Rochester Hills-based Spalding DeDecker opened an office in the Calder Plaza Building in downtown Grand Rapids, at 250 Monroe Ave. NW, according to the firm last month. It is the company’s first West Michigan location. With the addition of Grand Rapids […]

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Gun Lake Casino plans $100 million expansion

A 72,000-square-foot expansion at Gun Lake Casino will allow the operation to grow its gaming, restaurant and entertainment options. Preliminary site work for the $100 million project is currently underway. Gun Lake Casino expects construction to begin in the coming weeks, with an opening expected in summer of 2021. The expansion, which involves adding a new […]

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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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Woodland Mall shows off $100M renovation, new Von Maur department store

Shoppers at Woodland Mall have plenty new to see these days. Two years after workers demolished the former Sears store that once anchored the mall, Woodland officials on Thursday showed off a $100 million renovation project that replaces the space once occupied by the iconic retailer. The new wing is anchored by a Von Maur department store, […]

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$160M Studio Park opens downtown

Downtown Grand Rapids’ latest attraction now is open to the public. Studio Park celebrated its grand opening today at 123 Ionia Ave. SW. The 62,500-square-foot development offers several dining and retail options, a 200-seat concert venue called the Listening Room, a nine-screen movie theater, luxury lofts and an outdoor piazza. The $160 million project is […]

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M&A remains active among West Michigan manufacturers

When Grand Rapids-based Multi-Automatic Tool and Supply Co. started searching for prospective acquisitions several years ago, the move came as a reaction to many of the company’s customers buying directly from small shops.  Convinced that he needed to diversify his business in order to compete, President James Byl went looking for opportunities, but it took a few […]

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GHSP to expand, relocate headquarters to Holland

Automotive supplier GHSP is expanding and moving its headquarters and engineering laboratory to the Holland Technical Center, MiBizhas learned. The company, a division of Grand Haven-based JSJ Corp., has leased 120,000 square feet of office space and 35,000 square feet of lab space at the facility located at South Waverly Road and East 32nd Street. The move nearly […]

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Amenity-rich Class A office space still in demand in GR, suburban markets

The opportunity to lease brand new office space in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids offered Van Wyk Risk Solutions the chance to grow into a new location.  This month, Van Wyk will be the first tenant to move into the new Warner Building, located at 150 Ottawa Ave. NW in downtown Grand Rapids. After outgrowing its […]

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Furniture supplier planning new facility

A manufacturer of adjustable-height table bases is considering building a new production facility in the area. J-Star Motion Corporation is looking to build a 275,000-square-foot facility that would create 50 jobs, according to federal grant application documents. The facility would be constructed on a portion of 55 acres of undeveloped land at 725 and 730 […]

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Spectrum Health consolidating 26 leases into new facility

Spectrum Health is planning to discontinue 26 leases and consolidate multiple departments into a new facility.  The Grand-Rapids-based health system plans to build a Center for Transformation and Innovation on the property it owns in Grand Rapids southwest of the Cornerstone University campus, at Leffingwell Avenue NE and Bradford Street NE, according to a statement […]

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Grand Rapids ranks among ‘most popular’ markets for millennials

Grand Rapids is a millennial magnet. Grand Rapids is the No. 2 market in terms of recent “millennial movers,” according to the “Most Popular Areas for Millennials: Where They Move and Stay,” a report by the National Association of Realtors or NAR. NAR estimates, within the last year, millennials made up 73% of movers to […]

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Summer resident-turned-developer has $10 million plans for downtown Spring Lake

In recent years, the West Michigan village of Spring Lake found its downtown looking like those of many small villages around the state. Buildings sat empty and in disrepair, but with a small population of 2,323, it was hard to interest developers in taking on major and expensive projects. Until recently, a state program to […]

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Commercial real estate a mixed bag for those looking for space

Depending on what you are looking for, the commercial real estate market in West Michigan may not be so favorable. According to some commercial real estate experts in the area, more properties are available for leasing, but fewer properties are available for sale. Jason Makowski, a partner and an office specialist at NAI Wisinski of […]

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A look at 6 projects in Grand Rapids authority’s 2020 budget

Renovations at Lyon Square and Calder Plaza, street improvements on Division Avenue, and sprucing up the outdoor plaza near Van Andel Arena are among the priorities outlined in the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority’s 2020 budget. Tim Kelly, president and CEO of Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., the entity that oversees the DDA, provided an overview […]

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THE DETROIT FREE PRESS NAMES SIGNATURE ASSOCIATES A WINNER OF THE MICHIGAN 2018 TOP WORKPLACES AWARD

THE DETROIT FREE PRESS NAMES SIGNATURE ASSOCIATES A WINNER OF THE MICHIGAN 2018 TOP WORKPLACES AWARD

SOUTHFIELD, MICHIGAN—November 29, 2018— Signature Associates has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by The Detroit Free Press. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, […]

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SIGNATURE ASSOCIATES BROKERS NAMED AS COSTAR POWER BROKERS FOR 2017

SOUTHFIELD, MICHIGAN—March 29, 2018— CoStar Group has awarded its annual Power Broker Awards and honored Signature Associates with 31 “Power Broker” distinctions.  The Signature brokers account for 26% of the overall award winners and 43% of the industrial award winners.  In addition to the individual awards, Signature Associates, as a company, was named in the […]

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