business

"MATTAWAN, MI -- Drug and compound testing company MPI Research plans to spend $5 million to upgrade facilities at its Mattawan headquarters and add up to 130 jobs by the end of this year. Separately, company founder William U. Parfet, 69, has announced his retirement, stating in a Jan. 27 letter to company customer and suppliers that MPI has a bright future and is poised to become the world's fourth largest preclinical contract research company." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

"KALAMAZOO, MI -- Stryker Corp. will pay $2.78 billion in cash to buy a maker of products that prevent infection, skin-injury and other harmful conditions in patients and healthcare workers." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

"JACKSON, MI — After six years at the helm and 34 years with the company, John Russell, Consumers Energy president and CEO, will retire effective July 1. Jackson County native Patricia Poppe, 47, will take over Russell's role in July as he shifts to his expected position on the CMS Energy and Consumers Energy board of directors, according to a press release from the company." (MLive)

"The Grands Rapids developer overseeing the Heritage Tower redevelopment project anticipates beginning rehabilitation of the downtown property in late spring or summer — that is, if the developer can secure the financing and tax credits to finalize construction plans." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

WMUK

Western Michigan University Journalism Professor Sue Ellen Christian says thanks to cuts at newspapers “There’s never been a better time to be a corrupt local politician.” 


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