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Celebration of Regional Growth Awards
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The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce began the Celebration of Regional Growth Awards luncheon as a community celebration and recognition of organizations that have made significant economic investment in the Greater Lansing region. Throughout the awards program, 60 businesses have been recognized and have contributed more than $12.3 billion to the regional economy.

2015 Celebration of Regional Growth Recipients:

Dart Container Corporation

The Dart story begins with a small machine shop in Mason, Michigan established in 1937. This modest business prospered through the manufacture of such products as key cases, steel tape measures, and ID tags for the armed services. Experimentation with expandable polystyrene in the late 1950s led to a line of high-quality insulated foam cups, and in 1960 Dart Container Corporation was born.

Today, Dart is one of the largest manufacturers of single-use foodservice packaging. In 2012, Dart purchased Solo Cup Company for $1 billion, a move that led to Dart’s $60 million expansion and renovation of its headquarters in Mason.

The corporate expansion includes a 144,000-square-foot office building; a 20,000-square-foot fitness center and 17,000-square foot dining center; and a 500,000-square-foot state-of-the-art warehouse.

With Dart adding 500 jobs locally since the Solo purchase, the company now has 15,000 employees and more than 40 plants, distribution centers and offices worldwide.

Jackson National Life Insurance

Jackson National Life Insurance Company® (Jackson®) has completed a $100-million, 230,000 square foot expansion at its Lansing campus that is as impressive as Jackson’s rise to the top of its industry. The expansion of the company headquarters near Okemos Road and I-96 also includes a 46,000 square foot Conference Center and a state of the art 14,000 square foot Dining Center.

Jackson’s expansion is the latest in a series of major investments in the region, including opening two data centers and a new office in downtown East Lansing, known as the Jackson Development Zone, which provides flexible, part-time jobs for local college students. In the past 15 years, Jackson’s local workforce has grown from 1,000 associates to nearly 2,600.

What began as a family-owned company in 1961, has evolved into a diversified retirement services powerhouse with a long and successful track record. Jackson has established itself as the largest seller of individual annuities in the United States. The company now holds more than $200 billion in assets.

Jackson’s new facility is designed for a minimum Energy Star rating of 80 from the Environmental Protection Agency, placing it in the top 20 percent of most energy efficient buildings in the United States.

Magna International

The importance to the regional economy of General Motors and its widespread network of suppliers in underscored by the decision of Magna International to expand  its Lansing-area presence with a new parts plant.

Magna recently opened DexSys, a new greenfield facility on Mount Hope Highway in Delta Township.  The $75-million, 290,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art injection molding and robotic paint line facility will employ approximately 340 people at full production.  The plant produces front and rear fascias for several vehicles within the General Motors line-up, including the Cadillac ATS, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave.

The local plant is expected to turn out 1 million parts each year for GM. At its peak, the factory can support three shifts on its injection molding line and two shifts for paint and assembly operations.

Including DexSys, Magna has 24 manufacturing operations and approximately 9,000 employees in Michigan.

TOC Logistics International

TOC Logistics, headquartered in Indianapolis has a global footprint covering over 100 countries worldwide.  In 2013, TOC opened a 48,000-square-foot logistics office and Foreign Trade Zone Warehouse at the Port Lansing Global Logistics Centre at Capital Region International Airport.

TOC recently announced plans to launch a new service utilizing the Container Freight Station (CFS) at Port Lansing.  TOC will be importing container freight from Europe on a bi-weekly basis, with weekly service likely to begin in a few months.

Port Lansing has marketed itself as an attractive alternative for importers and exporters frustrated with trying to move cargo through larger airports in Chicago and Detroit.  TOC Logistics has a global team supporting its Port Lansing operation, including customs brokers, supply chain engineers and traditional freight forwarding operators. TOC says its supplier consolidation programs into the NAFTA Corridor (the United States, Canada and Mexico) from Europe and Asia save its clients millions of dollars a year.

Triton Industries, Inc. (Manitou)

Patience, tenacity, relentless research and breakthrough thinking have been hallmarks of Triton Industries, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.  The maker of Manitou pontoon Boats, already lauded for remarkable innovation in its existing line of pontoon boats, marked its anniversary by announcing two game-changer product.  The new X-Plode and Legacy LT, literally 30 years in the making, are all Fiberglass, from the deck up, something that has been engineered without adding any significant weight.

To facilitate its rapid growth, Manitou recently purchased of a 141,700-square- foot industrial building plus 10 acres of property on Lowell Road in Watertown Township.  The $4 million expansion will more than triple Manitou’s existing space.

In the next two years Manitou expects to add 40 jobs because of growing demands for its products.  Company revenues are up 60 percent since 2007.

2014 Celebration of Regional Growth Recipients:

2013 Celebration of Regional Growth Recipients:

2012 Celebration of Regional Growth Recipients:

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 2010 Celebration of Regional Growth Recipients:

 2009 Celebration of Regional Growth Recipients:

 2008 Celebration of Regional Growth Recipients:

 2007 Celebration of Regional Growth Recipients:

 2006 Celebration of Regional Growth Recipients:

*International Trade Award 

**Emerging Economy Award

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