Made in Michigan: Grand Rapids Chair Company

7:30 PM, Apr 26, 2013   |    comments
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Grand Rapids Chair Company

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- If you've ever sat in a restaurant or bar, chances are you've sat in a Grand Rapids Chair Company product.

From Wendy's to Applebee's to The Grove, you'll find chairs and tables hand made by the 145-person company.

Grand Rapids Chair is expanding, hiring 50 people as it grows into other markets like hospitals, universities and car dealerships.

It will also soon consolidate its three Grand Rapids plants into one in Byron Center at 1250 84th Street. Company president Geoff Miller says the company is committed to making it in Michigan.

"This move furthers our commitment to in-house manufacturing. We've always insisted on building our chairs and tables right here, with the best mix of domestic and foreign parts," Miller said.

Grand Rapids Chair was founded by Miller's father in 1997. The brand name was born in the 1880's, but had not been in use for decades.

Chief Financial Officer Greg Bremer says "a lot of those new jobs are going to be well paying jobs for upholsterers and welders and wood finishers."

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