State officials today announced expansion plans for the Dutch company Coastal Container Corp. and Hudsonville Creamery and Ice Cream Company LLC.
Hudsonville Creamery, which makes ice cream for its own brand as well as other national and regional brands, plans to invest $65.7 million in a multi-phase expansion of its Dutch plant. The expansion will open up its capacity for growth in novelty ice cream and is expected to bring 76 new jobs to the company, which currently employs 172 people in Michigan.
The investment includes the construction of additional manufacturing space in addition to the renovation of its existing facilities. The company, which received a $1 million performance-based grant from the Michigan Business Development Program, will also invest in new machinery and equipment and build a new wastewater treatment plant.
Hudsonville Creamery has grown at a steady pace in recent years. In the summer of 2020, the company announced that it had started a $35 million project that added a new cold storage center to its headquarters in the Netherlands. The construction of this additional 156,466 square feet was completed last spring.
Also in 2020, the company launched a $9.8 million expansion to add a 40,000 square foot dry goods warehouse.
“Hudsonville Ice Cream’s commitment to West Michigan is a great example of the continued strength of West Michigan’s agribusiness industry, and seeing Coastal Container continue to thrive is exciting,” said Jennifer Owens, president of the economic development organization. Lakeshore Advantage Corp., said in a statement. “We congratulate both companies on their continued success.”
Coastal Container — which serves the agriculture, automotive, e-commerce, and food and beverage industries with packaging supplies — plans to add 65,000 square feet of additional manufacturing space to its existing factory in Holland. The company also plans to invest in new equipment as demand increases due to the shift in consumer spending to e-commerce due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a total expansion that will require approximately $22 million in private investment, Coastal Container also plans to install a spur rail line to deliver raw materials to its facility, a move the company says will eliminate the consumption of over 150,000 gallons of diesel fuel. a year that would have been spent delivering materials by truck.
The expansion and operational improvements are expected to create 62 jobs for the company. Coastal Container currently employs 94 people in its Dutch factory.
“Our family has been in the corrugated business for 60 years now,” Coastal Container CEO Brent Patterson said in a statement. “Over the past two years, Coastal Container has grown tremendously, allowing us to expand to better serve our customers and our community.”
Gov. Grecen Whitmer touted the latest announcements as signs the state’s economy is moving in a positive direction.
“With 4.3% unemployment, strong small business growth and rising wages, our economy is on the move, and I will remain focused on the fundamentals that matter most to working families and communities while ensuring what Michigan is leading the way in key sectors like manufacturing and agribusiness,” she said. “I will continue to fight to bring more jobs and investment to Michigan and I I will work with anyone to grow our economy.”
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