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Festida Foods, Cedar Springs, Mich., purchased a 155,000-sq.-ft. building in the Union Station Industrial Park in Grand Rapids, Mich., for installation of a tortilla chip manufacturing line that will effectively double its chip-making capacity.
Festida bought the building, located at 219 Canton St. SW, for $2.1 million from Voordelig Ventures LLC through a transaction overseen by Amicus Management Inc., also located Grand Rapids, Mich. Amicus was acting as court-appointed receiver for the property that formerly housed warehousing for Grand Rapids Sash & Door, which has been winding down its operation after 86 years of business.
Festida employs about 30 people in the in Cedar Springs facility, where it manufactures private label snacks, says president Kyle Curtiss, but the company will move to Grand Rapids when the it becomes operational some time before the end of the year. At that time, Festida expects to add between 10-20 employees to handle the expansion.
Festida makes tortilla chips for its own label and 50 other accounts, including MexAmerica Foods LLC in St. Mary's, Penn.