Battle Creek temporary employment agency says Grand Rapids' Heartside is the place to be

Three years ago, Battle Creek-based EmploymentGroup, a temporary staffing and outsourced services firm, set up its satellite executive offices in two very small spaces above HopCat (25 Ionia SW) in Grand Rapids' Heartside entertainment district. But demand for permanent office space for its growing EG Managed Services division meant relocating to larger digs of some 1,500 square feet at 38 W. Fulton, Suite 410, above San Chez A Tapas Bistro.

EG Managed Services owns and operates non-core departments -- such as mailrooms, custodial services, and shipping and receiving -- for large companies that need to keep the back room running smoothly while growing the business. The company's growth in the Grand Rapids area in recent years warrants a permanent space large enough for three account executives plus one or two other employees who travel within the region.

"We definitely wanted to stay in Heartside," says President and CEO Mark Lancaster. "It fits us culturally, especially with attracting new talent. We wanted to stay a part of that community. It's fun to be down there."

Outfitted using Izzy+ interior design services and furniture, the space is an open loft setting with exposed brick walls and high ceilings. A pull-down garage door creates a private office area, when needed. The suite includes two conference rooms and a kitchen, plus "hotel" workspaces for drop-in work accommodations.

Source: Mark Lancaster, EmploymentGroup; Amanda Passage, Lambert, Edwards & Associates
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

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