A Grand Haven based company, one of Ottawa county's largest employers, is taking steps toward growing its business.  In this week's media release Shape corporation officials announced the company has come to terms on a purchase agreement to acquire Ohio-based aluminum extruder, Magnode with the acquisition expected to close in early March after all transaction terms are complete.


A Grand Rapids based college has reportedly temporarily closed its doors after a significant percentage of its student population came down sick.  The Associated Press reports its Davenport University sources as saying the school is closing its main campus in Grand Rapids until Monday after about 100 students there may have contracted a Norovirus.  


In an action intended to save Michiganders more money, the Senate unanimously passed tax relief to not only restore the state personal state income tax exemption but increase it as well.  The action comes on the heels of the recent passage of the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in which "Yes" votes cast by Federal elected lawmakers took the 4-thousand dollar personal income tax exemption away from Michigan citizens.