Kayak maker buys land for distribution center
A kayak maker has purchased a parcel of land in the vicinity to build a virtually 500.”000-square-foot distribution and optimization center.
The Muskegon city commission permitted the sale of about 37 acres of city-owned land for $465,000 to Muskegon-primarily based Hemisphere Design Works, or HDW, at its June 26 assembly.
HDW turned into previously called KL out of doors earlier than it merged in may additionally with Quebec-primarily based GSC technologies and turn into Hemisphere.
the brand new enterprise pointed out it now has about daftar poker 30-p.c market share in the kayak manufacturing industry.
Muskegon metropolis supervisor Frank Peterson said Hemisphere plans to construct a roughly 490.”000-rectangular-foot facility on the undeveloped property in the Port metropolis Industrial Park on Remembrance pressure, simply east of U.S. 31.
“We’re excited concerning the endured funding in Muskegon,” Peterson talked about.
Katie Wierengo, SVP of operations at Hemisphere Design Works, is overseeing the expansion. She observed the site changed into chosen since it is adjoining to the enterprise’s largest manufacturing facility.
“it will support us be more productive within the method we circulate our product across the metropolis,” she referred to.
besides housing distribution, the facility could be part of the enterprise’s “community optimization strategy.”
“we are able to do distribution and postponement to partly conclude boats as they are available in after which customise them to customer desires,” she said.
Wierengo stated HDW will carry the primary 200,000 rectangular toes of the distribution core on-line in January. The the rest might be operational via the end of April.
She didn’t divulge the dimension of the funding, but she stated it expects the facility will condo 100 to 200 jobs, half of them newly created.
Grand Rapids-primarily based Robert Grooters development Co. is the task’s contractor and should personal the facility and hire it to HDW.
HDW has six facilities in Muskegon, together with its new 18,000-square-foot headquarters it opened in January in downtown Muskegon, at seven hundred Terrace point Dr.
It additionally introduced in August 2017 it would make investments $9.2 million in its three present Muskegon locations and add 153 jobs. In March, the company talked about it deliberate to appoint an additional 70 workers to satisfy a 300-percent boost admired over the past 10 years.
HDW makes loads of items, comparable to kayaks, paddleboards, game sleds and hunting blinds, beneath the brands Sundolphin, Future seaside, Evoke and Terrain.