Holland-based Code Blue Corporation
, a manufacturer of emergency communications systems, plans to add up to 10 technology engineers by the end of 2013. The company, which recently moved into a renovated 34,000-square-foot operations and production facility (259 Hedcor St.), added 12 jobs in 2012 and another three positions earlier this year.
Code Blue is known for the bright blue-illuminated Blue Light Emergency Phones found on school and college campuses, at healthcare facilities, and other public spaces. Depending on the setup, the call boxes provide users direct emergency access to campus security, 911 operators, or to the police department.
Company COO David Cook says the firm already operates in the U.S., Canada, the Middle East, and Europe, and is moving forward on market expansion into South America, beginning with Brazil.
"In 2010, we introduced voice over Internet protocol and Code Blue took a bold step of faith and created an IP version of our analog emergency phone," Cook says. "We've turned the company from traditional manufacturing with assembly and painting, and became reborn as a technology manufacturer."
Code Blue brought on three sales reps this year. As sales increase, the company plans to hire network engineers, electronic engineers, and technology developers.
The new digs provide plenty of space for current office and production needs, plus an additional 10,000 square feet for projected growth, Cook says.
"We're tapping into the talent pool in West Michigan and it's important to Code Blue that our products are made in Michigan," Cook says. "We want to give back to the community and to be a part of the community, and it's important for us to be part of the West Michigan culture."
Code Blue has a public open house planned for Tues., May 7, at 3:30 p.m.
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Source: David Cook, Code Blue Corporation
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor