DornerWorks
Grand Rapids MI

When the opportunity arose, DornerWorks purchased the building next door and hired First Companies to completely remodel the space, enabling the expansion of their growing business. The company gained over 4,700 square feet and a large, open and collaborative work environment that features loads of natural light. After gathering DornerWorks’ goals and objectives for the space, First Companies provided a layout to meet the requirements, including ADA compliant restrooms, staff workspace, a collaboration room, conference rooms, static-free lab and kitchen/break room.

“First Companies was great to work with, from design and quoting to the final build. They were transparent with all costs, and delivered on time and on budget. They were quick to respond and we look forward to working with them again in the future.” Kevin Crots, Program and Personnel Manager

Gourmet International
Grand Rapids MI

Gourmet International now has 124,000 square feet of space to support their growing business.  The family began the company 28 years ago as a successful retail operation. Over the years they transitioned into specialty food distribution has continued to expand as an importer and distributor of over 3,000 food items.  After exceeding their ability to expand anymore in their previous location, the company made the decision to build and hired First Companies for the job.  The new facility is fully air-conditioned and includes 16,000 square feet of office space as well as warehouse, packaging and distribution areas, two refrigerated areas, and one large freezer.  The upper level is used for executive offices, storage and employee training, with plenty of room for future office staff.  The building features an audio system throughout, with extensive security monitoring and alarm systems.  Planning ahead, the site and building design allow for an additional 45,000 square feet when more space is needed.

“The process with First Companies and team was very smooth. They were right there to assist with every decision and their expert advice eased our minds as we undertook the largest project in our company’s history.” Michael Nitzsche, President, Gourmet International