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April 8, 2014

In an effort to increase donations to its food pantry partners, Meijer announced Tuesday that it has rebranded its signature hunger relief program, Simply Give, with the color orange to align more closely to the issue that continues to rise throughout the Midwest.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — In an effort to increase donations to its food pantry partners, Meijer announced Tuesday that it has rebranded its signature hunger relief program, Simply Give, with the color orange to align more closely to the issue that continues to rise throughout the Midwest.

To celebrate the enhancement of its program, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer will stretch every customer's $10 Simply Give donation further April 11 to 12. That means for every $10 donation card purchase, Meijer will contribute $20, resulting in a total $30 donation.

February 21, 2014

The Detroit Lions and Walgreens earlier this week teamed up to tackle the flu in Detroit Public Schools.

DETROIT — The Detroit Lions and Walgreens earlier this week teamed up to tackle the flu in Detroit Public Schools. On Feb. 25 Walgreens, the official health and wellness partner of the Detroit Lions, will give Detroit Lions Academy students flu immunizations.

Students who choose to get flu immunizations will have the opportunity to participate in a Playworks recess session that includes special guest Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell.

Families — parents and siblings — of students are also welcome to receive complimentary flu immunizations.

February 19, 2014

The N.E.W. Life Center, a Flint-based ministry supported by Diplomat Pharmacy, on Tuesday expanded its facility, the specialty retailer announced.

FLINT, Mich. — The N.E.W. Life Center, a Flint-based ministry supported by Diplomat Pharmacy, on Tuesday expanded its facility, the specialty retailer announced. 

The community program is based out of the former St. Luke’s Catholic Church on Lawndale Avenue. N.E.W. Life Center founded N.E.W. Life Enterprises, a business that produces scrubs and hospital gowns for use in medical facilities along with other sewn items. The renovation and expansion will house work stations for the seamstresses.

February 7, 2014

For the third consecutive year, Meijer team members and their children will have a chance to receive up to $10,000 to further their college education with the Fred & Lena Meijer Scholarship, a competitive scholarship administered by Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — For the third consecutive year, Meijer team members and their children will have a chance to receive up to $10,000 to further their college education with the Fred & Lena Meijer Scholarship, a competitive scholarship administered by Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

January 30, 2014

Diplomat Pharmacy on Thursday announced that it will be partnering with The Whiting, Flint’s premier performing arts venue on bringing new entertainment opportunities to the area through the Gen X Concert Series.

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Pharmacy on Thursday announced that it will be partnering with The Whiting, Flint’s premier performing arts venue on bringing new entertainment opportunities to the area through the Gen X Concert Series. Performers featured will be targeted to “Generation X," or those born in the early 1960s through the early 1980s.

In addition to the concert series, the partnership also will bring entertainment to Diplomat’s corporate headquarters. The Whiting will present local performers during select lunch periods for employees to enjoy.

January 24, 2014

Meijer customers donated more than $510,000 during the holiday Simply Give campaign, helping food pantries throughout the Midwest restock their shelves.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer customers donated more than $510,000 during the holiday Simply Give campaign, helping food pantries throughout the Midwest restock their shelves. That commitment to supporting hungry families, combined with a donation from Meijer, raised the holiday campaign total to more than $1.2 million, making it the most successful campaign since Simply Give began in November 2008, the grocer reported.

January 17, 2014

Diplomat on Thursday was lauded for its civic efforts and proclaimed “a fabulous company” by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder in the governor’s annual State of the State address delivered last night from the state capital in Lansing.

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat on Thursday was lauded for its civic efforts and proclaimed “a fabulous company” by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder in the governor’s annual State of the State address delivered last night from the state capital in Lansing.

December 13, 2013

The Irish High Court has approved Perrigo's pending acquisition of Irish drug maker Elan, the companies said Friday.

ALLEGAN, Mich. — The Irish High Court has approved Perrigo's pending acquisition of Irish drug maker Elan, the companies said Friday.

October 31, 2013

Sales at Meijer's first store in Detroit have been "very encouraging," according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Sales at Meijer's first store in Detroit have been "very encouraging," according to published reports.

According to MLive, Meijer co-chairman Hank Meijer made remarks about the store, opened during the summer, at the 2013 CEO Summit in Cadillac, Mich., earlier this week.

October 29, 2013

Walgreens is continuing its partnership with the Detroit Lions as the football team's official pharmacy, the two said.

DETROIT — Walgreens is continuing its partnership with the Detroit Lions as the football team's official pharmacy, the two said.

October 1, 2013

Meijer has become the latest retailer to address the need many consumers have for more information about the health insurance exchanges that are part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer has become the latest retailer to address the need many consumers have for more information about the health insurance exchanges that are part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

August 8, 2013

Midwestern retailer Meijer announced that it is preparing to hire thousands of new team members for its stores in response to company growth and in preparation for the fall and holiday selling seasons.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Midwestern retailer Meijer announced that it is preparing to hire thousands of new team members for its stores in response to company growth and in preparation for the fall and holiday selling seasons.

August 8, 2013

There's no way to sugarcoat it. Over the past two decades, Flint, Mich., headquarters city for Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, had become a poster child for urban decline.

There's no way to sugarcoat it. Over the past two decades, Flint, Mich., headquarters city for Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, had become a poster child for urban decline.

Thanks to massive renewal efforts by Diplomat and many other locally based corporate citizens, however, Flint's story is far from over.

"Because of Diplomat's long-standing loyalty to and belief in the city of Flint, much of our community rebuilding initiatives are focused on outreach in the city and surrounding areas," the company noted.

July 29, 2013

U.S.-based drug maker Perrigo Co. will buy Ireland's Elan Corp. for $8.6 billion, the companies said.

ALLEGAN, Mich. — U.S.-based drug maker Perrigo Co. will buy Ireland's Elan Corp. for $8.6 billion, the companies said Monday.

Elan is best known for the multiple sclerosis treatment Tysabri (natalizumab), marketed and distributed by Biogen Idec. Perrigo manufactures various branded and generic prescription and OTC drugs. A previously announced deal, whereby New York-based Royalty Pharma would acquire the Dublin-based drug maker, fell apart last month after Elan shareholders voted in favor of a share-buyback plan.

July 11, 2013

Mass merchandise chain Meijer is set to open its first store in the city of Detroit later this month, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Mass merchandise chain Meijer is set to open its first store in the city of Detroit later this month, according to published reports.

Crain's Detroit Business reported Thursday that the shelves at the new store were being stocked in preparation for a July 25 opening. Meijer, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., operates more than 200 stores around the Midwest and Kentucky, including Michigan.

July 10, 2013

According to a report published Monday in the Detroit Free Press, Kroger will create as many as 2,000 jobs throughout Michigan as the national grocer continues to grow marketshare across its core markets, even as the chain seeks a Southeastern foothold with the acquisition of Harris Teeter announced yesterday.

DETROIT — According to a report published Monday in the Detroit Free Press, Kroger will create as many as 2,000 jobs throughout Michigan as the national grocer continues to grow marketshare across its core markets, even as the chain seeks a Southeastern foothold with the acquisition of Harris Teeter announced yesterday. 

June 27, 2013

A rapidly growing specialty pharmacy has been named a "bright spot" in Michigan's economy by a statewide business magazine.

FLINT, Mich. — A rapidly growing specialty pharmacy has been named a "bright spot" in Michigan's economy by a statewide business magazine.

Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy said Corp! magazine had named it among 40 other businesses based in the state at the Corp! 2013 Michigan Economic Bright Spot awards ceremony.

June 17, 2013

Perrigo Co. will pay up to $129 million to buy Fera Pharmaceuticals' portfolio of ophthalmic products, Perrigo said.

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo Co. will pay up to $129 million to buy Fera Pharmaceuticals' portfolio of ophthalmic products, Perrigo said Monday.

Perrigo said the acquisition from Locust Valley, N.Y.-based Fera included an upfront payment of $93 million and milestone payments of about $36 million. The products include generic ophthalmic sterile ointments and solutions and generated sales of more than $30 million in 2012.

June 12, 2013

Meijer will open two new stores in northern Indiana, the mass merchandise retailer said.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer will open two new stores in northern Indiana, the mass merchandise retailer said Wednesday.

Meijer said the stores, in Portage and Warsaw, Ind., would open on Thursday. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based chain currently operates 32 stores around the state and more than 200 throughout the Midwest. The company said the stores would feature the chain's free prescription program, whereby it gives select drugs for free to customers with valid prescriptions, including generic versions of the cholesterol drug Lipitor (atorvastatin).

May 14, 2013

Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy is among the sponsors of a fundraising effort to expand an adult-fitness program run by a Flint, Mich.-based nonprofit.

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy is among the sponsors of a fundraising effort to expand an adult-fitness program run by a Flint, Mich.-based nonprofit.

May 3, 2013

Walgreens recently negotiated a 20-year lease agreement here for Walgreens' first university flagship location, said Joey Agree, Agree Realty president and CEO, in a conference call with analysts on Tuesday.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Walgreens recently negotiated a 20-year lease agreement here for Walgreens' first university flagship location, said Joey Agree, Agree Realty president and CEO, in a conference call with analysts on Tuesday. The site will serve the University of Michigan, home to the Michigan Wolverines.

Walgreens has not yet confirmed the new site will be a prototypical flagship location, however. 

April 19, 2013

Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy is among several Flint, Mich.-area companies that have signed on to a council to support a local business that makes scrubs and is interested in expanding beyond traditional markets.

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy is among several Flint, Mich.-area companies that have signed on to a council to support a local business that makes scrubs and is interested in expanding beyond traditional markets.

April 1, 2013

Perrigo Co. has completed its acquisition of a Pennsylvania-based animal health company, the drug maker said.

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo Co. has completed its acquisition of a Pennsylvania-based animal health company, the drug maker said Monday.

Perrigo announced that it has closed its purchase of Yardley, Pa.-based Velcera for about $160 million. The company makes OTC products for pets, specializing in products traditionally dispensed only by veterinarians. Its products include PetArmor, a flea and tick repellent that had sales of more than $100 million last year.

March 19, 2013

Mass merchandise chain Meijer is expanding an initiative started last year to feature products made in the state of Michigan.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Mass merchandise chain Meijer is expanding an initiative started last year to feature products made in the state of Michigan.

The company announced Tuesday a plan to feature 55 new Michigan-made grocery products in all its stores in the state. The company started the Made in Michigan initiative in January 2012 with the Michigan State University Product Center for Food-Ag-Bio.

March 7, 2013

A weight-loss competition sponsored by mass merchandise retailer Meijer and nutritional scoring company NuVal is enlisting 60,000 team members who will compete for $15,000 in prize money over three months.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A weight-loss competition sponsored by mass merchandise retailer Meijer and nutritional scoring company NuVal is enlisting 60,000 team members who will compete for $15,000 in prize money over three months.