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Reptile retailer invests $1M in West Michigan

February 24, 2020
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Pangea Reptile is expanding its existing location on Pentatech Drive. Courtesy Pangea Reptile

A locally owned online gecko dealer is expanding in Zeeland.

Pangea Reptile LLC, a manufacturer of pet products and breeder/seller of small pet reptiles, is investing nearly $1.3 million in Zeeland Charter Township, expanding its existing location on Pentatech Drive.

Lakeshore Advantage, the local economic development organization for Ottawa and Allegan counties, worked with Pangea to connect the company with local resources for the expansion.

“Pangea Reptile is a great example of how quickly a young, energetic company can make a positive impact here on the lakeshore,” said Jennifer Owens, president of Lakeshore Advantage. “Pangea just moved to Zeeland Charter Township this past year and is already expanding their footprint and their workforce.”

Pangea’s expansion is expected to increase its manufacturing facility by 17,000 square feet, enabling the company to grow its products and services while adding 13 new jobs.

Matthew Parks founded Pangea Reptile in 2001 with the breeding of geckos and small-scale sale of dry goods. Several years later, the company has grown into a major online seller of reptile food, bedding, décor, nutrition and other pet reptile products.

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