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Six Regional Companies to be Honored at 14th Annual Celebration of Regional Growth Awards

Six organizations will be honored for their commitment to the Lansing region at the 14th annual Celebration of Regional Growth (CORG) Awards, taking place Nov. 21 at the Kellogg Center Hotel and Conference Center in Lansing. This year’s CORG honorees include General Motors (GM), Glanbia Nutritionals, Meijer Distribution Center, Michigan State University (MSU) Foundation, Peak Performance Physical Therapy and SET SEG. All six organizations are recognized for investments that are making a transformational impact in the community.

The luncheon will take place as part of Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Lansing Economic Club.

2019 CORG Award Honorees:

GM has made several major new investments in its Lansing Grand River and Lansing Delta Township plants in recent years. In 2018, GM announced a $175 million three-year investment for new vehicle production at LGR, where 1,800 are employed. In February, GM announced a $36 million investment in Lansing Delta Township for future crossover production. The plant currently employs 2,600 people and builds the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave.

When Glanbia Nutritionals opens its $470 million dairy processing facility north of St. Johns next year, it will be one of the largest facilities of its kind in the country.  Glanbia is constructing the ultra-modern, large-scale cheese and whey production operation as part of a joint venture with Dairy Farmers of America and Select Milk Producers, Inc. The new facility will process eight million pounds of milk per day and 300 pounds annually into a range of cheese and whey products for U.S. and international markets, employing approximately 250 staff while in full production.

As impressive as the sprawling Meijer Distribution Center on Creyts Road near Mount Hope in Delta Township is from the outside, what takes place inside the state-of-the-art complex is even more impressive. The Meijer complex is 84 feet tall, has 84 dock doors for receiving shipping freight and is 553,000 square feet in size. The facility can store 50,000 pallets worth of product, receives over 1,000 truckloads of groceries weekly, ships roughly 800 truckloads of product to 82 Meijer stores and moves an average of 240,000 cases of goods daily. Since 2010, Meijer has added over a million square feet of distribution space.

The University Corporate Research Park, a wholly owned subsidiary of the MSU Foundation,  recently opened its newest property, The VanCamp Incubator + Research Labs (VanCamp Incubator). The VanCamp Incubator is a 22,000-square-foot, multi-tenant facility that welcomes emerging companies and researcher groups across the Lansing region and beyond. TheVanCamp Incubator features nine wet labs, 42 office spaces, as well as shared equipment rooms, conference rooms and common areas. Companies coming into the VanCamp Incubator are able to use the resources and services to grow their businesses until they can move on to their own operations within the community.

Peak Performance Physical Therapy is the premiere orthopedic rehabilitation facility specializing in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, which is the only certified therapy by the American Medical Association. Jill Marlan and the Peak Performance team have been so successful in their approach that they were recently able to open a third location in Dewitt to go along with two other clinical locations in Lansing and Okemos.  The company also has two athletic training locations at Lansing Community College and Great Lakes Christian College.

On Oct. 28, East Lansing gained SET SEG as a new business resident. School Employers Trust (SET) and School Employers Group (SEG) formed the partnership SET SEG in 1971, which serves as a nonprofit company dedicated to delivering employee benefits as well as workers’ compensation and property/casualty services for Michigan Public Schools. The new facility, located at 1520 Earl Ave. in East Lansing will allow a more expansive and accessible location for staff, board members and member school districts. SET SEG is a proud recipient of the CORG Award for its recently completed 32,000 square feet corporate headquarters in East Lansing.

The CORG Awards is an annual event presented by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. This year’s luncheon is sponsored by PNC Bank, Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis & Gotting, P.C. and Consumers Energy. Tickets are $55 for Chamber members, $75 for non-members and $425 for a table of eight. Registration information can be found at lansingchamber.org.