GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — Global self-care provider Perrigo Company plc is opening a new North American Corporate Headquarters in Grand Rapids.
Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Michigan State University, Rockford Construction and the City of Grand Rapids, announced the development Tuesday.
They say the expansion will bring more than 170 new jobs to the area, as well as a capital investment of $44.7 million over the next 15 years.
Perrigo was founded in Allegan and currently employs more than 4,000 people in West Michigan. The new headquarters will add to operations already in Grand Rapids, Holland and Allegan.
“Perrigo established its roots in West Michigan more than 130 years ago. Since then, we’ve become an industry leader and created thousands of jobs in the region,” said Perrigo President and Chief Executive Officer Murray Kessler. “We are excited to continue our growth surrounded by organizations that share our passion for self-care in the heart of a thriving city."
The new office will be located within Michigan State University’s Grand Rapids Innovation Park being built on Grand Rapid’s Medical Mile. The MEDC is supporting the expansion through the Michigan Strategic Fund, with the approval of a $2 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. The office will be 63,550 square feet and will mainly house corporate and functional leadership, along with certain administrative roles.
According to a release from The Right Place, West Michigan’s life science and medical device industries are growing at a rate of 18.5%, more than doubling the national average growth of 9%.
“Since 1996, Grand Rapids has been investing in its now world-renowned health industry cluster focused on improving the lives of consumers and patients,” said Birgit Klohs, President & CEO of The Right Place, Inc. “The Medical Mile is a thriving hub for research and innovation and Perrigo’s decision to establish its North American Corporate Headquarters here further solidifies the Medical Mile and Downtown Grand Rapids as a destination for business success.”
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