Coastal Container launching $25M expansion

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Courtesy Coastal Container

A packaging supplier will spend $25 million to expand in Holland and create at least 62 jobs.

Holland-based Coastal Container — a full-service provider of packaging supplies serving the agriculture, automotive, e-commerce, and food and beverage industries — said Tuesday, May 31, it is investing $25 million to add 65,000 square feet of manufacturing space to its existing facility in Holland.

The project will include installing a new state-of-the-art corrugator and constructing a new rail spur for the delivery of paper rolls. The expansion is expected to create at least 62 jobs while eliminating the consumption of over 150,000 gallons of diesel fuel and over 1 million miles of truck traffic per year, Coastal Container said.

The company expects construction on the building will be finished in early 2023, with equipment purchases and installation complete in mid-2023.

“Our family has been in the corrugated business for 60 years now,” said Coastal Container CEO Brent Patterson. “In these past couple of years, Coastal Container has seen tremendous growth, which allows us to make this expansion to better serve our customers and community.”

Lakeshore Advantage connected the company with local resources to support the project.

“To see this local, family-owned company continue to thrive is exciting,” said Jennifer Owens, Lakeshore Advantage president. “We congratulate Coastal Container on their continued success.”

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation also is supporting the expansion through a Michigan Business Development Program grant valued at $264,000.

“We’re thrilled to congratulate the Coastal Container team on their continued growth here in our state. Michigan has a tremendously compelling value proposition, from our incredible talent and competitive business climate, allowing companies like Coastal Container to realize success and unlock pure opportunity of all kinds right here,” said Quentin Messer Jr., CEO of the MEDC and president and chair of the Michigan Strategic Fund.

“This project is another win for West Michigan and all of Michigan. We are grateful to the governor and legislators for their continued support of the Michigan Business Development Program as a vital tool to secure new jobs and investments.”

The Michigan Department of Transportation is supporting the expansion through a Freight Economic Development Program grant valued at $995,000.

“The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is pleased to support Coastal Container’s proposed development through MDOT’s Freight Economic Development Program,” State Transportation Director Paul Ajegba said. “MDOT’s program seeks to enhance the economic viability of Michigan’s rail system by helping companies connect to it. The projected freight volume associated with the Coastal Container expansion project should help ensure rail continues to be a viable transportation option for commodity movement across the state and the nation.”

West Michigan Works! is supporting the expansion through a Workforce Training and Hiring Plan grant valued at $77,030.

The city of Holland is providing a 12-year industrial facilities tax exemption.

Grand Rapids Community College is contributing a Michigan New Jobs Training Program grant valued at $400,000, and the Holland Board of Public Works is granting an economic development incentive rider with a yet-to-be-determined value.

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