Tech company expands into new facility
A local tech company is showing off its new 73,000-square-foot home.
Tech Defenders, a company offering electronics maintenance and repair services, said last week it expanded into a facility in Grand Rapids, at 601 Maryland Ave. NE, investing $2.7 million in the expansion.
The facility has five times the capacity of the company’s previous 15,000-square-foot home at 2350 Oak Industrial Dr. NE.
The site will "allow the company to generate" 115 jobs.
The expansion will be commemorated with a ribbon cutting and open house today from 4-6 p.m. The event will feature snacks, beverages, networking and a tour of the facility.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation approved of a $172,500 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant for the project. The company was also assisted by The Right Place in Grand Rapids.
“The support we have received from the state and the Grand Rapids community has helped us grow immensely over the last two years,” said Josh Verhulst, director of business development, Tech Defenders. “The new, larger facility will give us the room to continue our expansion and economic impact in the region.”
Tech Defenders, founded in 2014, started out as a repair depot servicing customers within its geographic area and has grown to support various industries by providing additional IT lifecycle solutions.
“We currently process about 25,000 devices per month that end up being refurbished and re-sold domestically and internationally,” said Garry VonMyhr, CEO, Tech Defenders.
Tech Defenders has 150 employees. It has developed a certification program that hires, trains and certifies entry-level employees as "highly skilled technicians."