LANSING, Mich. – A California-based
wood planking manufacturer is expanding in Kentwood with support from the
Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation
That expansion, along
with three community development projects that have also received MSF approval,
will generate a total private investment of more than $5.5 million and create
98 jobs in Michigan.
“We’re working to spark
business growth, revitalize communities and create more and better jobs for our
residents,” MEDC Chief Executive Officer Steve Arwood said. “Stikwood’s
decision to expand in Michigan rather than in other states underscores our
vastly improved business climate and the talent of our manufacturing workforce.
We applaud the company’s commitment to Michigan.”
Grand Holdings Inc. dba Stikwood, is the world’s first peel and stick
reclaimed and sustainable wood planking manufacturer. Founded in 2010 and based
in Sacramento, Stikwood uses reclaimed and sustainable woods sourced from
various locations in the United States. Stikwood products include Peel and Stik
wood planking and wall art for the commercial and residential design markets.
The company is experiencing increased
sales and needs to expand to a second manufacturing and distribution facility.
The company plans to establish a new facility in Kentwood, investing nearly $4.2 million and creating 73 jobs. As a
result, the project has been awarded a $400,000 Michigan Business Development
Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in
Utah, Texas and Tennessee. People interested in careers with Stikwood should
contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To
learn more about Stikwood’s products, visit here: http://www.stikwood.com/.
“Stikwood has been an amazing story of
growth for us,” said Laura McCall, owner and CEO, Stikwood. “We’re excited to
begin the next chapter of Stikwood’s story in West Michigan, a region known for
its strong manufacturing heritage. The economic support, talented workforce,
and great quality of life make the region an ideal place to locate our new
facility, and we look forward to joining the West Michigan community.”
The Michigan Strategic Fund also approved
the following community improvement projects:
city of Escanaba has been awarded $831,029 in Community Development Block Grant funds for façade improvements to
six buildings in downtown Escanaba. The project will make transformational
improvements to the building facades, including masonry repair, window
replacement, storefront reconstruction and new signage that will restore the
historic features of the buildings and improve the entire downtown area. The
project will generate total private investment of $293,301. The city of Escanaba is supporting the
project with $22,000 provided by the city’s Downtown Development Authority.
addition, the city of Escanaba has been awarded $487,300 in CDBG funds for the Escanaba Marketplace farmers market
that will be located at the vacant Northern Motors Ford dealership in downtown
Escanaba. The new marketplace will offer fresh local food and serve as a
gathering place for events, leading to a more vibrant and active downtown and
bringing new life to a vacant space. The project is expected to generate
$565,000 in private investment. The city of Escanaba is contributing $555,000
in funding from the Downtown Development Authority.
village of Port Austin has been awarded $250,000 in CDBG funds for the President Garfield’s Inn project in Port Austin. The partners of Garfield’s
Inn, LLC plan to purchase and restore the former Garfield inn, renovating the
inn into a fine dining restaurant with six bed and breakfast rooms. The project
will also include the restoration of the historic Victorian Garden on the
property, allowing for outside dining. The project is expected to generate
total private investment of $535,000 and create 25 full-time jobs. The village
of Port Austin will provide administrative support to the project.
Pure Michigan is a
brand representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across
Michigan. These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development
Corporation, which serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for
business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s
For more on the MEDC and its initiatives,
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residents interested in seeking employment with any of Michigan’s growing
companies should check mitalent.org, where more than
98,000 jobs are currently available in a variety of industries.