Grand Rapids MI, located on the Grand River, is a city about 25 miles east of Lake Michigan. The modern nickname of River City refers to the landmark river for which Grand Rapids obtained its name. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 188,040. In 2010, the Grand Rapids metropolitan area had a population of 1,005,648. Because Grand Rapids is the county seat of Kent County, Michigan and the second-largest city in Michigan (after Detroit). Grand Rapids, has the luxury of being home to five of the world’s leading office furniture companies. Grand Rapids and the surrounding communities have diverse economies, and thus, these economies resulted in the expansion of the healthcare industry, information technology, automotive, aviation, and manufacturing companies.
The Grand Rapids MI area is home to a number of well-known companies that include a consumer goods manufacturer and distributors. There is also a privately owned vacuum cleaner and floor care product manufacturer, an industry leader in stretch wrap equipment, a food distributor, and grocery store chain, a specialty lines insurance company a regional supercenter chain and GE Aviation. The city, known as a center of Christian publishing, maintains numerous publishing companies.
Headquartered in Grand Rapids MI on the Medical Mile, Spectrum Health is the largest employer in West Michigan. Spectrum Health has 16,000 staff and 1,500 physicians. Therefore, an investment of nearly a billion dollars in the Spectrum Health Cancer Pavilion grew the Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and the expansion to the Van Andel Institute. Because of the Healthcare growth, these Healthcare companies have attracted numerous health science businesses to the area.
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