Groundbreaking marks start of Huntington Foam expansion

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 1:37 pm on Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Tuesday morning ceremony highlighted the groundbreaking of the Huntington Foam expansion in Greenville. In attendance was, from left to right, Dean Jensen of Dean Jensen CPA, Gae Wolfe of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, Jim Simon of Tailored Building Systems, April Mexico of Man Power, City Manager George Bosanic, Huntington Foam President Gary McLaughlin, Huntington Foam Plant Manager Sidney Montes, Huntington Foam CFO Tom Kuehl, Mayor John Hoppough, State Rep. Rick Outman, Kathy Jo VanderLaan of Central Area Michigan Works! and Mike Moyle of AmericInn Lodge and Suites. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — Huntington Foam kicked off an expansion in Greenville with a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning.

City officials, members of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, state officials and more came to show their support of the packing specialist’s expansion.

Huntington Foam, located at 1323 Moore St., is a custom foam shape molder for applications, plumbing, furniture, electronics and automotive industries. The company is based in Jeanneatte, Pa., and has facilities in Greenville, Fort Smith, Ark., Greer, S.C., Guadalupe, Mexico, and Ramos Arizpe, Mexico.

“Everyone has been wonderful to work with,” said Huntington Foam President Gary McLaughlin.

Because of the business expanding, the company looked into its options as to what fit the company best.
In a collaborative effort between Huntington Foam, the city of Greenville, Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, The Right Place Inc. program and the State of Michigan, the business chose to stay in Greenville and expand its facility.

Central Area Michigan Works also provided $21,161 in Quality and LEAN training through MMTC West-The Right Place for 18 current staff members.

“We were glad to be a part of this project to retain them as a vibrant company in Greenville,” said Kathy Jo VanderLaan, business services manager at Central Area Michigan Works.

The expansion will add 27,000 square feet and 30 jobs to the business.

Tailored Building Systems of Grand Rapids will be the contractor for the project. After a few small loose ends are tied up, construction will begin on the facility.

With the incentives to stay and expand in Greenville, McLaughlin said they will be able to bring in new presses from its Arkansas facility to offer more to the local area.

“We didn’t want to move out of Michigan,” he said. “It’s a nice area and nice facility.”

McLaughlin said the employees at the Greenville location are some of the most experienced employees within the company. He did not want to lose them.

“This could have been about a 75 job swing,” said City Manager George Bosanic.

With the state of the economy, Bosanic said it’s important for the city to make things like this happen and keep businesses and jobs in Greenville.

State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, said he was glad to do his part and proving support of the company.
He said it is important for him to keep jobs not only in the state but the district as well.

“I’m glad Huntington Foam stayed in Greenville,” Outman said.

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