Alliant Healthcare Products in Grand Rapids is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business that focuses on hiring veterans. Courtesy Alliant Healthcare Products
A growing maker of medical devices is increasing its downtown footprint by 50 percent by moving across town — a move it hopes will help with recruitment.
Alliant Healthcare Products said last week that it has moved into the 11th floor of Bridgewater Place in Grand Rapids, at 333 Bridge St. NW.
Alliant Healthcare Products relocated its headquarters from the 300th block of Ionia Ave.
The move involved $90,000 of renovations to create an open space, with an emphasis on increased communication and views that all employees can enjoy.
Bob Taylor, Alliant president and CEO, said the move was part of an increased recruiting effort by the company, which is rapidly growing.
Taylor noted the Bridgewater Place building has an on-site cafeteria, workout facility and several other upgrades that appeal to employees.
Alliant relocated to Grand Rapids from Richland, northeast of Kalamazoo, two years ago, also in an effort to improve recruiting opportunities.
Taylor said having Alliant’s headquarters located in Grand Rapids has been great for the company.
The location has increased Alliant’s talent pool and allows the company to make swift hiring decisions as needed.
“It’s easier to recruit from a city like Grand Rapids,” Taylor said.
Specifically, the company looks to hire veterans when it can.
Taylor is a former B-52 navigator who served in the Gulf War, and Alliant is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business.
"There are veterans who have sacrificed far more than me,” Taylor said. “I'm not doing this just for my own benefit. I'm hiring and rewarding other veterans too. Right now, veterans make up 30 percent of my staff and make up the majority of my senior management team."
Alliant has expertise in facilitating health care sales to the government.
Taylor said doing business with the federal government can be challenging, and Alliant helps its health care partners navigate the challenges of the procurement process.
"Sometimes, it might have been easier flying combat missions and taking ground fire over Iraq than navigating federal procurement rules,” Taylor joked.
During the past five years, the company said it has sold more than $275 million of medical equipment and surgical devices into “almost every hospital of the Veteran's Administration and the Department of Defense throughout the world.”
The company is the maker of cardiovascular products for open-heart surgery under the brand Surge Cardiovascular.
Alliant said Surge Cardiovascular products are sold globally, with annual growth of 56 percent since 2010.