Automation industry growth spurs $1.3M expansion at Conveyor Concepts

Conveyor Concepts of Michigan LLC's recent $1.3 million investment in its Coopersville facility is the latest example of the growth of the region’s automation industry.

This is the manufacturer's second expansion in four years. The company began in Coopersville in 2003 with a 20,000-square-foot building and six employees.

"We have been blessed throughout the years to be able to expand current buildings and purchase properties to build new facilities," says Conveyor Concepts owner Doug Stapley. "As a result, we now have three buildings and more than 70 employees."

Since the beginning, the city of Coopersville has been supportive of Conveyor Concepts’ growth. We are honored to do business in this community and are appreciative of our partnership with city of Coopersville to help us achieve our mission,” says Conveyor Concepts owner Doug Stapley.

Conveyor Concepts is an established designer and manufacturer of innovative material handling systems and automated equipment serving a wide variety of industries. The company’s engineering team designs custom equipment and systems, which are fabricated and assembled in-house to ensure the highest-quality result.

Keeping up with demand

The manufacturer was able to quickly put the expansion in place with the help of Lakeshore Advantage, the local economic development organization that assists employers with growth opportunities in Ottawa and Allegan counties.
 
“We are seeing significant growth in West Michigan’s automation industry, with nearly 1 in 4 expansion projects in our pipeline being either automation companies or automation solutions providers,” says Jennifer Owens, Lakeshore Advantage president. “Conveyor Concepts’ growth exemplifies automation’s continued stronghold in West Michigan, with manufacturing companies seeking partners in adopting automation solutions to create process and production efficiencies.” 
 
The 30,000-square-foot expansion in the Midway Industrial Park off Main Street will allow Conveyor Concepts to keep up with the demand of their growing customers in the e-commerce, distribution, and food and beverage industries. 

Investment creates jobs

The company is also investing in capital equipment and other supplies. This growth is expected to lead to the creation of another four to six jobs over the next two years. 
 
The city of Coopersville approved support for the project in the form of an 11-year Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption. 

“Coopersville is thrilled to be home to many growing companies, including Conveyor Concepts of Michigan. We’re pleased that we are able to partner with Conveyor Concepts and provide support for their continued investment and expansion in the community,” says Coopersville City Manager Jonathan Seyferth. 

Stapley adds that the city's support has been crucial to the success of the company's expansion projects, and the creation of new jobs. 

"Since the beginning, the city of Coopersville has been supportive of Conveyor Concepts’ growth," Stapley says. "We are honored to do business in this community and are appreciative of our partnership with city of Coopersville to help us achieve our mission."
 
 

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Shandra Martinez is the managing editor of The Lakeshore WM.
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