- people on the move
Tortilla chip maker plans $1.5M expansion
A tortilla chip manufacturer in West Michigan is moving to a larger location to expand production.
La Fiesta Chips, currently based in Ludington, will move to 8155 Cook St., in Montague, by mid to late June.
The manufacturer sells its chips to hundreds of Michigan retailers, including Meijer, Family Fare, D&W Fresh Market, Kingma’s, Ken’s Fruit Market and Supermercado Mexico.
“Our current facility is just too small to keep up with demand,” said A.J. VanBoxel, general manager, La Fiesta Chips. “Sales last summer were through the roof. We got to the end of August and knew we had to grow our production. We found this building in Montague, and it seemed like the perfect fit.”
La Fiesta is spending $1.5 million on the project, which includes an 11,000-square-foot production facility and 4,000 square feet of office space.
Greensboro, Georgia-based Rich Custom Homes and General Contracting is the project’s contractor.
The architect is Norton Shores-based Concept Design Studio Architects.
After moving its operation, the company plans to double its workforce from 20 to 40 in the next few years.
“We’re very excited for the move,” VanBoxel said. “We love the city of Montague and the community, and we’re very happy to stay near the lakeshore.”