Five Firms Win ACI Recognition Awards

June 5, 2002
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GRAND HAVEN — A design firm, a hotel and conference center, an automotive repair shop, an assisted-living center for the elderly and a plastics-molding company received this year’s business honors from the Association of Commerce and Industry.

The annual Business Recognition Awards, sponsored by the ACI and the five communities that comprise the Tri-Cities area, are awarded to recognize companies for their growth, job creation and retention, and investment in the community over the last 12 months.

“We are truly celebrating the people behind the businesses and applauding their success over the years and what they’ve done in their communities,” said Karen Benson, ACI’s economic development coordinator.

Business Recognition Awards winners for 2001 were:

  • Fredricks Design Inc., Grand Haven. Brothers Maury and Bruce Fredricks acquired the City of Grand Haven’s old water plant in 2000 and embarked on an extensive renovation project to turn the building into the new offices for their design and product development firm that serves the automotive, furniture and consumer product industries.

  • Grand Harbor Resort, Spring Lake Village. The hotel and conference center, located on the west end of the village where the Grand River and Spring Lake meet, is nearing completion on a $4 million renovation project and will soon bear the name Holiday Inn. “We’re certain this facility will be a further catalyst for the redevelopment of the west end of the community,” village President Lou Draeger said.

  • Automotive Advantage, Ferrysburg. Started as a two-stall garage in 1990 that originally specialized in servicing specialty and foreign vehicles, the business has averaged an annual growth rate of 35 percent.
  • Anderson Technologies, Grand Haven Township. The plastics-molding firm formerly known as Holland Plastics Co. consolidated its operations to Grand Haven Township last year and changed its name. The company employs 105 people.

  • Oak Crest Manors of Spring Lake, Spring Lake Township. Development of the $5.8 million facility began in 1996 and is scheduled for completion this year. The facility consists of 40 independent-living and 80 assisted-living units for the elderly.

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