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Display Pack donates water filling station to CSHS

Mr. Hansen with Josh Cooper, the faculty advisor for the Cedar Springs Interact Club

Members of the Cedar Springs High School student senate and high school Interact Club, which is a junior division of the local Rotary club, have been teaming up to raise funds for water bottle filling stations throughout the high school. The idea is that it will encourage students to drink more water, and that it will drastically cut down on pollution because students can reuse water bottles, or fill containers from home easily.

Students have gone to many local businesses and asked for donations, in hopes of pooling the money together to add these stations in different wings of the high school. The cost of each of these is around $750 a piece. Vic Hansen, president of Display Pack, recently donated the full $750 to add a station all by themselves. Mr. Hansen cited his enthusiasm for our students, and desire to build a relationship with the school and students moving forward, as the driving force behind this donation. Once the station has been installed, a plaque will be placed near the station to commemorate this tremendous gift. The plaque will read, “This fountain donated by Display Pack, Inc” and will include the quote, “Knowledge flows like spring water from the wise,” which is from King Solomon.

Mr. Hansen is pictured here with Josh Cooper, the faculty advisor for the Cedar Springs Interact Club. There are still more stations needed, so any local businesses or private donors that would like to contribute can contact Mr. Cooper at the high school, if they would like to donate to this cause at (616) 696-1200.

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New manufacturing facility coming to Cedar Springs

J-Star‘s new facility will manufacture linear motion and lifting systems for the office furniture industry.

J-Star Motion Corp. adding 122 jobs; investing $4.9m in manufacturing facility

On Wednesday, August 30, The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), announced a local Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) by Chinese furniture component manufacturer Jiecang Linear Motion Technology Co., Ltd. The company, operating in the United States as J-Star Motion Corporation, will establish a new manufacturing facility at an existing location in Cedar Springs, Michigan. The company intends to hire 122 employees and invest $4.9 million.

The company recently opened office and warehouse facilities at 83 South Main Street, Kent City, and with a new available site, is adding manufacturing operations at 500 West Street, in Cedar Springs (in what was the Wolverine building). The company will inhabit the north side of the building. Display Pack is located on the south side.

The new facility will support J-Star’s American business growth, which centers on making linear motion and lifting systems for the office furniture industry.

The MEDC is supporting the expansion effort with the approval of a $738,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant.

“Securing this new Chinese Foreign Direct Investment is significant for our region,” said Birgit Klohs, President & CEO, The Right Place, Inc. “The investment reaffirms that West Michigan is a global destination for international investment and business expansion.”

J-Star has maintained a small presence in the country since 2014 when it opened warehouse and administrative offices in Southern California, which is still serves as its American headquarters.

Parent company Jiecang Linear Motion Technology Co., Ltd was established in 2000 in Xinchang, China as an original equipment manufacturer of linear actuators and lifting columns. Due to the company’s high standards, its products quickly became globally respected for use in medical and home care equipment. With an annual production capacity of 600,000 actuators – lifting columns and 200,000 control boxes, Jiecang has become a leading supplier for companies around the world.

The company had considered expanding closer to its California base, but The Right Place was able to build a business case and convince J-Star leaders that the region’s historically-significant furniture manufacturing roots were worth exploring.

“West Michigan was identified as an excellent location due to the proximity to many of the leading office furniture manufacturers and the skilled manufacturing talent available in this area,” said Michael Fedrigo, General Manager, J-Star Motion Corporation. “The support available through The Right Place and the MEDC was a significant factor in their final site selection.”

J-Star is in the process of building its team and hopes to begin local production by mid-2018.

The Right Place, Inc., is a regional nonprofit economic development organization founded in 1985 and supported through investments from the private and public sector. Its mission is to promote economic growth in the areas of quality employment, productivity, and technology in West Michigan by developing jobs through leading business retention, expansion and attraction efforts.

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City Council tours Display Pack

Cedar Springs City Councilors Rose Powell, Dan Clark, Molly Nixon, Perry Hopkins, Mayor Gerald Hall and Display Pack President Vic Hansen on a recent tour of Display Pack.

Cedar Springs City Councilors Rose Powell, Dan Clark, Molly Nixon, Perry Hopkins, Mayor Gerald Hall and Display Pack President Vic Hansen on a recent tour of Display Pack.

The City of Cedar Springs City Council was invited to tour the Display Pack factory on West Street last Wednesday, November 30. Vic Hansen, Display Pack’s President, led the City Councilors and City Manager on a tour of the new Display Pack facility that provides consumer packaging services to some of the world’s top brands.

Hansen said that he was proud to show off the building to the city representatives. “Display Pack takes quality seriously and I think it shows in what we are doing here,” he remarked.

Cedar Springs Mayor Gerald Hall said he was impressed by how environmentally friendly the Display Pack building is. “The recycling program Display Pack has instituted is top-notch, and they’re clearly trying to lead the industry in industrial recycling innovation,” he commented.

Display Pack is in the process of moving into the 360,000 square-foot building being vacated by Wolverine Worldwide on the south end of West Road. The company recently held a job fair to fill open positions and expects to have between 230 and 275 jobs on site when fully staffed. Vic Hansen told the City Councilors that he was very happy with the move to Cedar Springs and that the City has been very welcoming. “We look forward to working together for both of our benefit,” said Hansen.

Display Pack also has plans for future expansion in Cedar Springs, potentially adding an automotive plastics division and an onsite extruding division.

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post photo by J. Reed

post photo by J. Reed

New businesses, non-profits bring revitalization and growth to Cedar Springs


The Cedar Springs area received a shot in the arm this year with several new businesses moving in, and even more growth is on the horizon, thanks to the partnership efforts of the Community Building Development Team with the Cedar Springs Library and Cedar Springs City Council.

The big success story of the year is the Cedar Springs Brewing Company, which finally opened its doors at 95 N. Main, in mid-November. It was the culmination of a 25-year-dream for David Ringler, a.k.a “Director of Happiness” at the brewery, and it’s the first time in recent history that a new building has been built on Main Street in the heart of downtown Cedar Springs.

N-Top-Story-CS-Brew2The brewery/restaurant features a variety of craft beers, focusing on German styles, along with a full food menu (which includes German dishes), wine and their homemade Cedar Creek Sodas, which are non-alcoholic beverages.

Since their opening, the brewery is jam-packed every night and it’s amazing to see so many vehicles in downtown Cedar Springs.

“We’ve had a wonderful reception from the community and been very pleased to welcome many people from outside our community who’ve come to visit, often multiple times,” remarked Ringler. “Some of this is to be expected, given that we’re new and over the holiday season, but we’re hopeful that we’ve made a positive impression and people will continue to visit.”

In the beginning it was difficult to keep up with the demand for beer, but people came anyway.

“We’ve remained very busy, which is a blessing,” said Ringler. “As we’ve progressed over the past six weeks, we’ve been able to adjust our inventories to keep up on beer production, which means we’ll be able to fill growlers soon.”

Ringler talked about some things customers can expect in the coming year. “Our beers will rotate and expand regularly, and our food menu will see the addition of daily specials and be updated at least 3-4 times over the course of the year. We will begin hosting live music regularly and we also have a number of events planned throughout the year (with details coming soon).”

He said they will also begin hosting “Community Giveback Nights,” beginning January 11, where they will be giving back 10 percent of food sales to the Cedar Springs Band Boosters on that evening. Other organizations will follow.

He said they will also begin growler sales, and canning their product for sale in the marketplace, so we will be able to find their beers in stores, bars and other restaurants.

“Our spirits line will also be launched, beginning with Wodka and White Lightning products,” added Ringler. “We will also add additional season sodas and soft drinks to our lineup.”

One of the big things will be the outdoor Biergarten, which will open in the spring, and add 70 to 80 seats.

Ringler is grateful to the community for how they’ve embraced the brewery. “Thank you. We’ve been humbled by the warm reception, encouraged by the enthusiasm, and we’re working hard to earn your continued support,” he said.

The brewery is one of several businesses to come to Cedar Springs this year. The brewery bought the Liquor Hut building, which they then leased to Cold Break Brewing, a home supply brewing company; Family Farm and Home bought the old Family Fare building; and Advance Auto built a new building on the site of the old Family Fare gas station. Since Advance Auto had bought Car Quest previously, they took in all the employees from the Car Quest shop on Main Street.

Another company coming to Cedar Springs is Display Pack, who bought the Wolverine World Wide warehouse at 660 West Street. Wolverine’s lease is up in 2017, and Display Pack is slowly taking over the building as Wolverine vacates the premises. Display Pack, employs 225 people, and up to 275 people seasonally. Since many of their employees live in Grand Rapids and those who walk won’t make the commute, they may hire as many as 60-80 people from this area.

Another group who is revitalizing Cedar Springs is the Community Building Development Team, through their partnership with the Cedar Springs Library and the City of Cedar Springs. Over two dozen organizations and businesses in Cedar Springs, along with dozens of individuals, have been working together for the past three years to develop eight acres of land, within the City limits, into “The Heart of Cedar Springs.” This place can be called our own “Town Square,” where the local citizens and visitors can enjoy a new library building, a community building, a recreation center, and an amphitheater, all placed among beautiful rain gardens and sculptures along a board walk on the banks of Cedar Creek.

Donations of land and cash, as well as pledges, as of November 2015, total over $2,555,000. The overall project is expected to cost approximately $10,000,000.  The plan is to raise funds for each individual project and to break ground for each facility when funds are adequate. Donations may be designated.

The Cedar Springs Library building is scheduled to be built first, breaking ground early next spring. A Capital Campaign Committee was appointed by the CBDT and they are in the process of writing grant proposals to large corporations and foundations to raise the funds needed to complete these projects.

Checks can be written to the Cedar Springs Public Library and either sent to Box 280 or dropped off at the Library. They can also be written to the Community Building Development Team and sent to the treasurer of the CBDT, Betty Truesdale, 141 S Main Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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Post travels to Florida

Pictured from left to right are Victor Hansen, President; Dave Korhorn, Vice President; Andy Blackmore, Dir. of Business Dev.

Pictured from left to right are Victor Hansen, President; Dave Korhorn, Vice President; Andy Blackmore, Dir. of Business Dev.

Vic Hansen, president of Display Pack, the company that will be moving into the Wolverine World Wide building on West Street, was recently at the 2015 NPE show in Orlando, Florida with his team to inspect their new KMD 90L thermoforming machine, and they took the Post with them. “The final destination of this machine will be at the facility on West St.,” explained Hansen. “Its initial purpose will be to produce the bulk cookie containers for Meijer. The machine was made by Kiefel Technologies in Freilassing, Germany.”

Thanks, Vic, for taking us with you!

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Display Pack to take over Wolverine building

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

By Judy Reed

A Grand Rapids-based packaging business has found a home in Cedar Springs, and plans to bring at least 50 new jobs to the area.

Display Pack, a 48-year-old family owned business, has purchased the 350,000 square-foot facility at 660 West Street, currently being used by Wolverine World Wide. Wolverine has used the building as a distribution center since 1996.

“We have come to the conclusion we have outgrown our facility in Cedar Springs,” said Christopher Hufnagel, vice president of Wolverine’s strategy, investor relations and communications. “We have an opportunity to consolidate operations to better serve our customers.”

He said that Wolverine would transfer operations to other distribution facilities. They also have distribution centers in Howard City, Louisville, Ohio and Rockford. He said they would work with the 90 employees at the Cedar Springs facility to help them find other positions within the company. They would also have the opportunity to apply at Display Pack.

According to Victor Hansen, one of the owners of Display Pack, Wolverine’s lease is up at the end 2017. “We will slowly take it over as they wind down operations,” he explained. “We need to add offices and parking. We will begin external infrastructure work this year, before the freeze hits next fall.”

Display Pack is a retail packaging company. They provide a wide range of thermoforming, printing and packaging services. They make the plastic containers you might find in the produce department at a grocery store; cell phone cases; packaging for sporting goods, general retail, and trim for automobiles. They also provide warehousing and distribution services for customers. Some of their customers include Meijer, Good Foods, Gerber, AT&T, NAPA, Amway, Sony, Bissell, and many more.

The company started in a one-stall garage in Rockford in 1967. They have been in Grand Rapids since 1979, and currently employ 225 people, with up to 275 seasonally. They anticipate they will need to rehire somewhere between 30-80 people once they make the final move. “We employ about 60 temporary workers, and many won’t want to make the move if they live in Grand Rapids,” explained Hansen. “So we anticipate hiring at least 50 people.”

Display Pack is currently located at 130 Monroe Avenue. “We just can’t grow there anymore,” said Hansen, “and there is not a lot available in West Michigan. Most of our family is from the northern area—Rockford, Sparta, Lakeview—so this is a great location.”

Display Pack sold their building to Franklin Partners, who will turn the building into 200 apartments. Hansen said the move benefits everyone involved.

“For us to be able to grow in Cedar Springs is important,” explained Hansen. It’s good for Grand Rapids that we go and good for Cedar Springs that we come here. It’s a win-win for everyone involved,” he said.

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