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Construction contractor Christman acquires Tennessee firm

Lansing-based construction contractor Christman Co. will expand its reach into the Southeast by merging with the Knoxville, Tenn.-based Rentanbach Constructors, Inc.
 
According to excerpts from the article, the two companies will retain their separate business names for the "near term."
 
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Swedish retailer bringing popular clothing line to Meridian Township

Scandanavian clothing retailer H&M will be opening a store at Meridian Mall this spring.

According to excerpts from the article the 20,000-square-foot store in Meridian Township will be the first Lansing-area location for the Swedish-based company.

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Mason eyes public transportation hub in master plan

Officials in Mason are fine-tuning the focus of what the city will look like in the coming decade.
 
According to excerpts from the article a new formal master plan is in the works that acknowledges the growth of public transportation across the state, and calls for Mason to eventually have a “Public Transportation Hub.”
 
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New fitness center looks to Motiv8 area residents

A new fitness studio has opened in St. Johns.

According to excerpts from the aritcle:

There is no “membership,” and there is no open gym. To utilize the facility, you need to join a class and show up on time. Some classes will have drop-in opportunities.

Motiv8 Fitness & Training offers personal training, sport and life coaching as well as group fitness classes.

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New health facility coming to Delta

Work on a new, $9-million Ciena Healthcare facility is underway in Delta Twp. 

According to excerpts from the article:

Scheduled to open next fall, the 78,500-square-foot, 100-bed facility will provide both long-term skilled care and short-term rehabilitative services and bring 120 new jobs to the area.

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Group continues to upgrade Green View Point Park

Lions Twp. volunteers who made improvements to the Green View Point Park have plans to continue their work in 2014.

According to excerpts from the article:

It has been approximately 12 years since the group first pitched their ideas for improvements at the Ionia County-owned park, which is located on Kimball Road east of the village of Lyons. The park was opened in 1927 and dedicated to Fred Green of Ionia, who served as Governor of Michigan from 1927 to 1931.

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VIDEO: Real-life Polar Express back on the tracks in Michigan

After a four-year effort to refurbish the steam engine that inspired The Polar Express, it is back in service in Owosso.

According to excerpts from the article:
 
The Pere Marquette 1225 rolled out of the garage Wednesday in Owosso, ringing its bell and spewing steam for train enthusiasts and volunteers gathered to watch the engine take its maiden voyage following the overhaul.

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New In Town Firehouse Sub's/ Sawyer´s Pancakes

A new destination for sub sandwiches is coming to downtown Lansing.

According to excerpts from the article:

Work is underway on a second local location for Firehouse Subs, which is set to open Jan. 6 at 200 S. Washington Square in downtown. The space was formerly used for state offices. The restaurant is part of a national chain that boasts “700 locations and counting,” but owner Sam Shango was simply taken with the product.

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Ribbon cutting marks end of St. Johns HS renovation

An area high school recently celebration the completion of building renovations.

According to excperts from the article:

Following an open house at St. Johns High School Nov. 26, a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony in the school’s food commons symbolically marked the completion of the schools building/ renovation project.

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Whole Foods store advances in Meridian Township

Plans for the Whole Food store coming to Meridian Township are moving forward.
 
According to excerpts from the article:

Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods plans a 35,000-square-foot store on roughly five acres of land on East Grand River Avenue, near the border with East Lansing. The company would hire 150 people by the time it opens in 2015.

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Award winner: Investment in Knapp's changing downtown

Eyde Co. is being recognized by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce it's historic Knapp’s renovation project in downtown Lansing.
 
According to excerpts from the article:

The $36 million project will house retail space, offices, residential space and a business incubator focused on the fashion industry. 
 
Eyde employs about 25 workers in its office at 4660 S. Hagadorn in East Lansing. The company is preparing for its big move to the Knapp Center, which is expected to be completed in early spring.

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Niowave to receive $12M in local incentives for airport expansion

Niowave Inc. will receive more $12 million in local tax incentives to benefit an expansion project at Lansing’s airport.

According to excerpts from the article:
 
The Lansing-based company, which produces superconducting linear particle accelerators from its Walnut Street headquarters, plans to build a $79 million manufacturing facility at Capital Region International Airport in DeWitt Township. Altogether, officials say the project could reach $202 million and create as many as 120 jobs.

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Meridian Mall expansion proposed

Okemos' Meridian Mall may soon expand.

According to excerpts from the article:
 
The Okemos mall is proposing an 18,650-square-foot addition near a J.C. Penney Co. Inc. department store — on what is now a mall service area — and convert other retail space for a new retailer, according to an application the mall filed with Meridian Township.

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Flurry of new restaurants, retailers opening along Saginaw corridor in Delta Township

A number of new business are cropping up in Delta Twp. along the Saginaw Highway corridor.

According to excerpts from the article:
 
Township Supervisor Ken Fletcher said a national economy that is gradually recovering from the recession is leading the charge, along with new local residential construction in various neighborhoods, including Ashford Manor and Pointe West.

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Planet Fitness to open gym in Meridian Mall

Fitness company Planet Fitness plans to open a facility inside the Meridian Mall early next year.

According to excerpts from the article:
 
The fitness center’s franchise owner said it will create 15 jobs and spend more than $2 million when it opens inside 23,000 square feet near Shoe Carnival and Macy’s stores in the Okemos mall.

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