Perrigo starts new office facility


    Perrigo broke ground last week on a new 50,000-square-foot office facility at its headquarters in Allegan, which has been in the plans since mid-2008.

    The building will include about 31,000 square feet of conference rooms and office space for approximately 200 people, plus a 7,500-square-foot multi-purpose room for large meetings, conferences and training.

    The new facility allows Perrigo to “strategically manage its growth in West Michigan,” according to Perrigo chairman/CEO Joseph Papa.

    “This facility will do more than just add space to our campus; it fulfills a promise we made (in 2008) to further expand our operations in Michigan and add 400 new jobs,” Papa said. “When completed, this facility will allow us to co-locate our working teams in ways that will foster stronger employee engagement and enhance efficiencies, as well as complementing our commitment to their health and well-being.”

    The two-story building will also include a fitness center for employees. It is expected to be ready for occupation in January 2013.

    General contractor on the project is Dan Vos Construction Co. of Ada, with the project being led by Tim Wurm. DVCC has built various facilities for Perrigo going back 25 years. The building was designed by The Architectural Group Inc. of Grandville, led by Dan Bode.

    The Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced in July 2008 that Perrigo would invest $10.5 million in operating and training facilities at its global headquarters in Allegan that would create 400 new jobs over the following five years. The MEGA board approved a state tax credit for Perrigo valued at $8.4 million over 12 years “to help Michigan win the (Perrigo) expansion over the New York City/New Jersey area.” The city of Allegan also approved tax abatements over 12 years with an estimated value of $1.4 million.

    Perrigo Vice President Arthur J. Shannon said the company was “well on the way” to adding the anticipated 400 new jobs.

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