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Fluid power distributor grows out of space

February 10, 2015
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Fluid power distributor grows out of space
MFP Automation Engineering's new headquarters is in Hudsonville. Courtesy MFP

A distributor of fluid power products is planning to move into the former home of a construction firm to accommodate its growth.

Betten Real Property, LLC recently entered into a purchase agreement to acquire a building in Hudsonville that previously housed Lamar Construction, at 4404 Central Pkwy.

The building, recognizable for its suspended office overhang, was owned by Holland-based Erector LLC and had been rented to Lamar Construction, which announced its bankruptcy last year.

Lease deal

Betten Real Property is owned by Roger Betten, Jr.

Betten is the president of Grandville-based MFP Automation Engineering, a distributor of fluid power products that will lease the building from Betten Real Property, according to MFP yesterday.

Fluid power is a form of liquid- or gas-based power transmission, according to the National Fluid Power Association.

"Extremely overcrowded"

In the last three years, MFP has grown, and Betten called this an “exciting time in the history and the future of MFP.”

The company is expecting growth of 5-10 percent annually and needs to grow from it’s 20,000-square-foot location in Grandville, at 4556 Spartan Industrial Dr. SW.

“This new facility will position MFP for the future,” Betten said. “Our employees have been working in extremely overcrowded quarters for the past two years, and we are very fortunate to have such a loyal and dedicated team behind our growth and success.

“We see this move as an opportunity to continue our expansion in West Michigan through job growth and facility enhancements. West Michigan is where it all started, and we want to continue to invest in the community that’s given MFP Automation Engineering so much support over the years. This is a natural move for us, because West Michigan is what we all consider home.” 

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