Bissell expanding HQ and adding 100 jobs
A maker of cleaning products is investing $10 million to expand its headquarters in the area and create 100 jobs.
Bissell plans to add 25,000 square feet for office space at its base operations in Walker, at 2320 Walker Ave. NW, according to The Right Place yesterday.
Bissell has seen consistent growth globally over the past several years and has run out of room at its headquarters, the company said.
Construction on a manufacturing line has begun and will be completed in the next several months. Renovation of the main offices is underway and expected for completion in 2020.
Hiring has started and will be ongoing. Available positions can be found on the company’s website. The company is not disclosing salary information.
Among several alternatives, the company considered dispersing the additional jobs among its other operations, primarily in Illinois and North Carolina.
The Right Place, a Grand Rapids-based economic development nonprofit, worked to ensure the company chose to add those jobs in West Michigan, including connecting Bissell with West Michigan Works! for assistance with worker training.
The MEDC approved a $500,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant for the project. The city of Walker has offered a 50-percent property tax abatement for the expansion, the MEDC said.
Bissell was established in 1876 as a family-owned business and now has operations all over the world.
The company produces a portfolio of vacuums, carpet cleaners, hard floor cleaners, pet grooming products and cleaning solutions. It has more 1,300 active patents worldwide.
Bissell employs 490 people in West Michigan.