- people on the move
Manufacturer building plant in suburb
A maker of industrial tags, office nameplates and employee badges plans to nearly triple its footprint at a new plant in a Grand Rapids suburb.
Belmont-based NapTags broke ground last week on the 25,000-square-foot facility in Plainfield Township, at 7777 Childsdale Ave. NE.
Once construction is finished in December, NapTags will move to the new facility from its existing 9,000-square-foot space at 5680 W. River Drive NE in Belmont.
“We are bursting at the seams in our current building,” said Diane Miller, general manager, NapTags. “We’ve had to re-arrange the production area multiple times to accommodate new equipment and ensure the productivity of our staff.
“The new building will give us plenty of space to add machines and new capabilities to better serve our customers. The much-needed room will also allow us to create a more efficient production workflow.”
Firms on the project
Ada-based Dixon Architecture is architect on the project.
Grand Rapids-based First Companies is the project’s contractor.
Founded by Robert Napieralski in 2008, NapTags — part of NapVentures — started with a small table-top engraving machine to meet customer requests for brass tags from his auto supply business.
The company makes and engraves lines of metal and plastic products.
NapTags has 17 employees.