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Grand Rapids Chair relocates to Byron Center
Grand Rapids Chair Co. is planning to combine its offices and manufacturing facilities into a single space, beginning in the fourth quarter of 2013, in a 140,000-square-foot building it has purchased in Byron Center.
“We’re very excited to be moving into a facility that can accommodate all of our people and operations under one roof,” said Dave Miller, Grand Rapids Chair founder and CEO.
He added that the new location at 1250 84th St. “also allows us to implement new equipment and efficiencies into our table and chair manufacturing lines.”
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The company, which was founded in 1997, has operated since 2002 from a rehabbed industrial building on Godfrey Avenue SW, just south of downtown Grand Rapids. In 2010, the company moved its table line from this original location to a repurposed manufacturing facility down the street.
Office staff is currently spread between the two locations.
The new facility will be equipped with a blend of new and vintage woodworking, metalworking, and finish-line equipment that supports the company’s mission to build the “best of the best” chairs and tables for offices, restaurants, hotels, education and health care spaces, and other commercial environments, according to a company announcement.
“This move furthers our commitment to in-house manufacturing,” said Geoff Miller, Grand Rapids Chair president. “We’ve always insisted on building our chairs and tables right here, with the best mix of domestic and foreign parts. That gives us the ability to absolutely control material, construction, finish quality and lead times. It also enables us to customize our standard product to the nth degree — one of our greatest competitive strengths.”
“We want to thank the city of Grand Rapids for being such a good host to us this past decade. We loved being part of the local neighborhood,” said Tom Southwell, Grand Rapids Chair vice president of sales and marketing.
Grand Rapids Chair expects to complete its relocation by the end of 2013 and add more than 50 employees over the next three years.
According to a Business Journal report in 2010, the company employed about 110 people at that time.
The family owned business provides seating and tables for corporate, commercial and government facilities and has customers worldwide.