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Mobile food equipment manufacturer MOVE Systems expanding in West Michigan

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kathy Achtenberg
517.335.4590


LANSING, Mich.
– MOVE Systems, a New York-based mobile food equipment manufacturer, will expand its facility and increase production at its Walker location. The expansion is expected to generate a total capital investment of $13.4 million and create 27 new qualified jobs. The company selected Michigan over sites in several other states.

The Michigan Strategic Fund announced today a $200,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant in support of the project. MEDC administers funds for the MSF, and serves as the state’s chief marketing arm with the mission of attracting and retaining businesses to Michigan.

“MOVE Systems’ expansion here rather than other states means good jobs for Michigan residents and underscores the strength of the state’s manufacturing talent,” said Jeff Mason, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the state’s chief marketing and business attraction arm that administers programs and performs due diligence on behalf of the Michigan Strategic Fund.

“The decision by MOVE Systems to invest in Michigan offers further evidence our commitment to helping companies grow and generate new jobs for our residents,” he said.

MOVE Manufacturing Company LLC,
founded in 2014 and headquartered in New York, manufactures equipment for mobile food carts and urban life. Its products include eco-friendly food carts with solar paneling, propane gas storage tanks, refrigerators, grills, and sinks, and eco-friendly anti-idling electricity pedestals that replace dirty noisy generators and engines.

Created under the leadership of Michigan native and decorated Army veteran James Meeks, MOVE is committed to promoting entrepreneurship, supporting veterans of the military, manufacturing locally and being a steward of environmental sustainability. The company is experiencing significant growth due to its eco-friendly MRV100 food cart and its electricity pedestal Simple Grid.

“Michigan has the manufacturing talent and capabilities, combined with a venture capital market that also understands our goals to create cutting edge, smart, connected technologies and systems for our urban environments.” said MOVE Systems CEO James Meeks, a Purple Heart and Bronze Star-decorated former U.S. Army combat veteran. “Furthermore, we are committed to building social equity in the local communities where we operate, so we are excited to expand here in the area and continue that mission.”

For information on careers with MOVE, email bmcbride@movesystems.com.

The Right Place, in collaboration with Start Garden’s venture spin-off Wakestream Ventures, worked with the company to assist its growth in Walker versus out-of-state locations.

“The company was courted heavily by several other states but they wanted to continue manufacturing in Michigan,” said Therese Thill, vice president of business development, The Right Place, Inc. “Our region’s diverse manufacturing supply chain combined with entrepreneurial support from Start Garden and Wakestream made West Michigan the smart location decision for MOVE Systems.”

Photo courtesy of MOVE.

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