3,500 West Michigan Employees Strong + Major New Headquarter Investment

Perrigo chooses downtown Grand Rapids over Florida and Chicago for their new North American headquarters. The company will invest $44.7M and add 170 jobs, further solidifying their commitment to West Michigan. This video shares renderings, project impact and new product potential of this center of excellence for Perrigo and the region. 
Ron Janish, Perrigo
"Perrigo is proud of our deep roots in West Michigan and our unwavering commitment to the surrounding communities where our team members live and work. The Allegan campus continues to serve as our North American Base of Operations and is by far the Company’s largest manufacturing network, serving as a nerve center for critical teams such Quality, R&D, Environmental Health & Safety, Consumer Affairs, Regulatory Affairs and many more. Perrigo team members number more than 3,500 strong in Allegan and Holland alone and we are currently recruiting for talent at our Allegan campus.

The expansion in Grand Rapids will help raise Perrigo’s visibility as a consumer self-care company, attract even more great talent and alleviate future space constraints due to the continued growth at our Allegan location. Also, by being part of MSU’s Grand Rapids Innovation Park, Perrigo will be able to leverage the expertise of leaders in self-care research and innovation as we develop new products and bring our self-care vision to life for residents in West Michigan and around the world."
- Ron Janish, Executive Vice President of Global Operations and Supply Chain and
Chief Transformation Officer
, Perrigo

Construction of Perrigo's new distribution center

Perrigo's Allegan County Growth and Investment

Perrigo remains committed to maintaining its significant employment and presence in Allegan County. 
  • Perrigo is currently hiring for up to 100 open production positions at their Allegan County locations starting at $17/per hour. 
  • Perrigo is constructing a $13 million, 300,000 square foot distribution facility in the city of Holland, Allegan County.
  • This is the third warehousing/distribution facility constructed along the lakeshore in three years.   

Koops Expands in Holland

Koops Automation Systems is investing $445,260 in capital improvements to remodel their facility at 881 Productions Place in Holland, MI. This is the third expansion project in Holland for Koops Automation Systems in the past four years. Read more 

Talent Fund Applications Open November 2

$28.7M in Going PRO Talent Funds are available statewide to help employers train, develop and retain current and newly hired employees. Contact your West Michigan Works! Business Services Representative to schedule an orientation session. This is required in order to be eligible to apply. Going PRO Talent Fund applications are being accepted from November 2-November 30. 
Students visit Gentex during Discover Manufacturing Week 2019

Discover Manufacturing Event Opens Doors Virtually 

Amanda Cooper, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Lakeshore Advantage, shares her perspective while working with employers on Discover Manufacturing Week about their passion and commitment to create awareness in the industry in this new "COVID normal." Discover Manufacturing Week is November 9-13. Read Mandy's blog  

Recent Bright Spots and News of Note

Celebrating what makes West Michigan a great place to live, work, learn, grow and start a business. 

New Products and Innovations

GP Reeves collaborated with other West Michigan manufacturers to make Defense Dispense, a stand alone, hands-free sanitizer with three times the capacity of wall mounted units.
SURGE Boostcamp launches second cohort with new startup company ideas, including engine data analysis, solar powered aftermarket lights, cold weather masks and more. 
Huntington Bank announced Lift Local Business, a $25M program where the bank will pay SBA fees and offer financial education courses for socio-economically disadvantaged businesses.

Events and Information

Join Lakeshore Advantage, Bank of America, and The Right Place as we
host Cynthia Bowman, Chief Diversity & Inclusion and Talent Acquisition Officer for Bank of America, in this webinar on why an equitable economy supports job growth, a robust talent pipeline, a healthy small business ecosystem, and attracts thriving companies to our region.
Register for Integr8, Nov 8-9, a virtual experience for tech and manufacturing leaders to construct the next level of Industry 4.0. 
Hiring? Request a Business Booth at the ReThink West Michigan virtual event on November 19 to tap into talent considering a move back to the area. 
See West Coast Chamber's member question article on what you need to know regarding new MIOSHA rules, including 5 minute interview with Sean Egan, Michigan Department of Labor.
MEDC is looking for companies interested in attending IDEX 2021, a virtual trade mission Feb 21-25 for defense tech. Learn more and apply by November 13. 
MI-STEP grant program is now reimbursing 75% of company expenses up to $15K per fiscal year to help small businesses export their products. More than $1.3M is available; eligible items have also been expanded.   
47 Allegan and Ottawa County farms and food processors received nearly $1.9M of $15M available statewide through the Michigan Agriculture Safety Program
U.S. Small Business Administration released a simplified loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less.
Southwest Michigan Communications Inc. will use a $3.3 million ReConnect grant and a $3.3 million ReConnect loan to deploy rural fiber in Van Buren, Kalamazoo and Allegan counties. 
West Michigan school superintendents released this statement encouraging us to be vigilant to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep schools open. 

Thank You, New Lakeshore Advantage Investors

Lakeshore Advantage investor support positively impacts the region's economic health.  Contact Beth Blanton at beth.blanton@lakeshoreadvantage.com to learn more. 
This news and events update was sent to you as a service of Lakeshore Advantage. We send communications on a regular basis to keep you up-to-date on information that may be helpful to you as a West Michigan primary employer. Please direct questions, comments and future submissions to Emily Staley at emily.staley@lakeshoreadvantage.com.

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