“The change is being implemented because of a change in ownership and management of our company,” explained Terry Kozanecki, the company’s executive vice president, in a late-December letter to customers, vendors and employees.
Two years ago this month, Al Chapel — who had been Grand Haven Plastics’ general manager and a minority stockholder — was bought out of the business. Chapel, and a silent business partner who had been the majority stockholder, founded Grand Haven Plastics in 1983.
Kozanecki would not name the marjority stockholder, but said he died in February 2011. Kozanecki confirmed the man's widow, Marcia Steele, has since become the owner and president of the now-former Grand Haven Plastics.
Kozanecki said company officials decided to capitalize on the change in ownership with the name change; as well as seek certification with the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, which designated the Grand Haven company has a “diversity-class” ownership.
West Michigan Molding still operates from the former Grand Haven Plastics 186,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at 1425 Aerial View Drive, on the southwest corner of Comstock Street and 168th Avenue. The company remains a custom molder and finisher of plastic parts for various industries — including automotive, consumer goods, construction, health care and electronics.
With the change, Kozanecki said the company has maintained its workforce of about 120, and is growing.
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