Art-supply distributor plans 550 jobs


Notions Marketing is a global art-supply distributor in Grand Rapids that employs about 900 people. Courtesy Notions Marketing

An art-supply distributor is planning to hire 550 employees to fill seasonal, full-time and part-time positions.

Notions Marketing in Grand Rapids, an international distributor that serves some of the word’s largest retailers, said this afternoon that it will hire 400 seasonal positions to meet upcoming holiday demand as well as 100 full-time and 50 part-time positions to meet ongoing growth in the creative arts industry.

Notions Marketing has partnered with Michigan Works! Kent, Allegan & Barry Counties, which will host a job fair on Sept. 2 to help fill the positions.

Information about the positions will be available on the company’s website.

The company employs 800 workers at its 1.2-million-square-foot facility, at 1500 Buchanan Ave. SW.

Business growth

“Our business has been growing rapidly over the past several years, as we’ve added new products and customers and expanded our capabilities,” said Adrienne Stevens, president, Notions Marketing.

The company said its sales grew 30 percent in the last two years, and it added more than 45,000 products and 2,700 customers over the same period.

Client base

Notions Marketing’s customer list includes some of the largest retailers in the world, including Amazon, JO-ANN and Walmart.

It provides products and services to retailers across 87 countries.

Notions Marketing is a second-generation family owned business that was founded 78 years ago. 

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