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Michigan's West Coast
From pickles to plastics, products made in on the West Coast can be found throughout the state, nation and world. The key to the success of our manufacturers and retailers is an economic base as diverse as the hardworking men and women creating the products and services.
Michigan's West Coast is home to some of the best-known names in the food industry. Heinz North America produces pickles at its plant on Lake Macatawa. Other famous area producers of food products and household goods are Mead Johnson Nutritionals, Pfizer, Perrigo Company, Request Foods and Boar's Head Provisions Co., Inc.
Several automotive component suppliers have plants in the area. One of the largest is Johnson Controls, Inc., which produces components for auto interiors. Gentex Corporation, in Zeeland, makes advanced electro-optical products, including automatic-dimming car mirrors and fire protection devices. LG-Chem for lithium ion batteries and many more.
Michigan's West Coast has long been home to some of the world's best known furniture manufacturers. Haworth, Inc., headquartered in Holland, is the country's third largest manufacturer of office furniture and seating products. The family-run, international manufacturer invented the prewired partitions that are now the basis of modular office systems. Zeeland-based manufacturer Herman Miller, Inc., the nation's second largest office furniture manufacturer, has a reputation for innovative design, and markets its products in Europe, Mexico and Japan. Trendway Corporation, an office furniture manufacturer with offices and factories in Holland Township and showrooms in Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C., is known for rapid delivery of its quality products.
Michigan's West Coast is also home to a large number of small, innovative companies serving hundreds of industries.
Our business community has weathered economic storms because it is not dependent on a single industry. Diversity, combined with a commitment by local businesses to invest in the latest equipment and employee training, has well prepared the our companies for the challenges of the 21st Century.