- change ups
The Armada Group will celebrate three anniversaries this year
Companies have stayed true to their neighborhoods over the years.
The Armada Group, a privately held group of diversified manufacturing, construction and real estate companies, will be celebrating three significant company anniversaries this year.
Imperial Metal Products is celebrating 100 years in business, Steel Supply and Engineering celebrates 50 years, and CoroTech Co. is celebrating its 40th anniversary. All are Grand Rapids-based companies.
The Armada Group has owned Imperial Metal Products for 17 years, Steel Supply and Engineering for 20 years and CoroTech for 13 years.
Imperial Metal Products was founded in 1914 as a manufacturer of word-turning machines, and later became a manufacturer of precision components, which it remains today. Its 110,000-square-foot facility is located at 835 Hall St. SW, where it manufactures and assembles millions of precision-machined parts for a variety of industries including the aerospace, defense, medical, automotive, heavy truck, office furniture and industrial product markets.
“Imperial has grown significantly under Armada ownership through the years as a result of our committed employee and management team, coupled with deliberate, aggressive diversification across multiple industries,” said R. Jeffery Dean, president and CEO of The Armada Group.
Steel Supply and Engineering has been in the fabricating business since 1964. The company fabricates structural steel and metals for the construction industry at its 2020 Newark SE location. It has supplied material for a host of West Michigan’s most recognized buildings, including the Van Andel Arena, DeVos Children’s Hospital and Kent County Courthouse.
CoroTech was founded in 1974. It is a national, full-service company specializing in the construction and repair of corrosion-resistant tanks, lining and ceramic coating systems. It is located at 1222 Burton St. SE.
Dean said all three businesses were hit hard during the recession, but each company was able to weather the economic times by refocusing, and they are all moving steadily forward.
“We will continue to grow both organically and through acquisition here in West Michigan as a family-owned business,” Dean said.
All three businesses have strong community ties, which Dean said have kept them in the neighborhoods where they started.
“Our businesses are in some challenging neighborhoods, and it would have been easy to relocate. We are committed to staying and growing,” Dean said.
As part of The Armada Group’s community commitment, and to celebrate the three anniversaries, Dean has pledged $5,000 to the West Michigan charity Court Appointed Special Advocates of Kent County.
CASA of Kent County is a local volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens to become appointed members of the Kent County court system in order to act on behalf of abused or neglected children as they pass through the family court system.
“My wife, Jill, first got involved in it as a volunteer,” he said. “We now have a number of volunteers and have made gifts in the past. It’s a wonderful organization — great people, low overhead and all about saving kids.”
The donation will be presented to CASA during The Armada Group’s Summer Celebration July 12 at Palmer Park in Wyoming.