The contract manufacturer and bakery plans to invest in both building renovations, equipment and capacity to meet customer demand, according to a statement from Grand Rapids-based economic development agency The Right Place Inc. Hearthside is the largest contract food manufacturer in North America.
The company was awarded a $450,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Business Development Program, administered by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
“West Michigan continues to be part of Hearthside’s long-term strategy of providing superior independent baking services for the world’s premier consumer brands,” said Matthew Sagendorf, vice president of engineering at Hearthside in the statement.
Hearthside operates 19 facilities in seven states and has four in the Grand Rapids area. In 2014 the company was acquired by the private equity arm of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Vestar Capital Partners Inc.