Economic Development, Manufacturing, and Real Estate

Danish company plans North American plant on West Side

December 21, 2016
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Gabriel upholstery chairs
Gabriel was founded by three men in 1851 with "the clear goal" of "creating a sustainable production of clothing fabrics." Photo via

A Danish maker of upholstery products is setting up its first North American operation on the West Side.

Aalborg, Denmark-based Gabriel plans to open a 30,000-sqaure-foot sales and manufacturing facility in Grand Rapids, at 530 5th St. NW, according to The Right Place today.

The project will bring 56 jobs to the city and an expected capital investment of $1.5 million.

Gabriel, founded in 1851, makes upholstery fabrics, components, upholstered surfaces and related products and services.

Gabriel also has operations in Germany, France, Sweden and China.

Economic development

The Right Place, an economic development nonprofit in Grand Rapids, facilitated Gabriel’s expansion project.

“Over the past year, The Right Place has been a valuable resource in establishing our first location in North America,” said Lars Malte Hansen, director of business development, Gabriel. “The organization was able to directly assist us with a variety of business needs, as well as connect us with several additional services in the area.”

Gabriel was connected to The Right Place through Express Employment Professionals of Grand Rapids. Gabriel reached out to Express to address potential human resources needs, and the firm realized Gabriel might benefit from services provided by The Right Place.

The Right Place said it connected Gabriel with West Michigan Works!, Grand Rapids Community College, Kendall College of Art and Design and various financial institutions, legal advisors, schools and housing.

The Right Place

Founded in 1985, The Right Place promotes economic growth in West Michigan by developing jobs through business retention, expansion and attraction efforts.

In 2016, The Right Place has helped generate $244.2 million in capital investment and assisted with the creation of 745 jobs in West Michigan.

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