Area Development
Notions Marketing, the world’s largest distributor of creative arts products, will expand its operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The company will invest $33 million and creating 250 new jobs. The company plans to add approximately 80,000 square feet and renovate approximately 40,000 square feet of its current site located at 600 Cottage Grove.

“This expansion marks a significant milestone and new chapter in our company’s growth history,” said Adrienne Stevens, President, Notions Marketing. “We are proud to call Grand Rapids home and be able to continue investing and creating jobs here in the city.”

To support the expansion, the Michigan Strategic Fund Board approved a performance-based grant for the company through the Michigan Business Development Program. The City of Grand Rapids plans to provide local municipal support for the expansion throughout the project and is considering the approval of a P.A.328 personal property tax exemption.

“Working to create jobs is important, but creating jobs like these in the 49507 zip code is vital to the success and growth of the neighborhood,” said Therese Thill, Vice President, Business Development, The Right Place, a regional non-profit economic development organization supported through investments from the private and public sector.

“The City has supported a long history of Notions Marketing’s growth and we are happy to be a partner in their continued success,” said Kara Wood, Economic Development Director, City of Grand Rapids. “We recognize that businesses have many options for expansion and we appreciate Notion Marketing’s decision to grow jobs in the City.”

“This week, The Right Place has announced economic development projects both within our urban core and in neighboring rural counties,” said Rick Breon, President/CEO, Spectrum Health, and current Right Place Board Chair. “This is what we need from a regional economic development organization. The Right Place is ensuring that as our metro area grows, so too will our rural partner communities.”