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Telecom company relocates downtown

February 20, 2014
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Telecom company relocates downtown
Windstream Communications, based in Little Rock, Ark., is a Fortune 500, "enterprise-focused" provider of telecommunications services. Photo via

A Fortune 500 company wants its regional office to be part of the energy downtown.

That’s why Windstream Communications has moved its 12-person team from its Kentwood office, at 4033 Park E. Ct. SE, to a 4,500-square-foot office, at 40 Monroe Center St. NW, said Mike Hemmingsen, regional director of West Michigan for Windstream.

Moving Windstream’s office into downtown Grand Rapids was a must, Hemmingsen said.

Hemmingsen called the move last fall one of his priorities, saying he wanted to tap into the culture and “sense of urgency you get in a downtown setting — not just to be seen, but also for our employees to better serve our customers.”

Windstream Communications, based in Little Rock, Ark., is the fourth-largest telecommunications company in the U.S. and specializes in advanced implementations. Its portfolio includes business broadband Internet, phone services and data networking.

Windstream operates three facilities in West Michigan and nine facilities statewide, with about 100 employees.

Grand Rapids, Detroit and Flint are Windstream’s biggest Michigan markets, Hemmingsen said. 

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