Iso-Trude moves to expand

A Grand Haven plastic extruded components manufacturer is moving north – to Spring Lake Township.
Marie Havenga
Nov 2, 2012


Iso-Trude, of 1705 Eaton Drive, has purchased the former Integrated Metals Technology building at 17155 VanWagoner Road.

Craig Janusz, Iso-Trude’s vice president, said his firm plans to move into the former Herman Miller-owned building by the end of the year. The new facility will provide five times more indoor operations space.

“We've been looking for a facility for the last couple of years,” Janusz said. “We tried to stay in the city, but we could not find any available suitable sites and we couldn't expand our current site.”

Iso-Trude, which manufactures components for the automotive, medical, furniture, window and door industries, currently operates in a 40,000-square-foot facility and uses 30,000 square feet of outdoor space.

The 19-year-old Iso-Trude operation will expand to 220,000 square feet at the VanWagoner site.

“We wanted to stay in the area and support our local community,” Janusz said. “With this move, we're hoping to continue to grow the business and continue to expand our employment.”

Janusz said any new hires will be market driven and that it's too early to estimate how many jobs may be created as a result of the move.

The Spring Lake Township Board welcomed the new business earlier this week by granting two industrial facilities exemptions.

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Iso-rude pays $8/hr for temps to run a complete extrusion line. You have to get your own materials, make sure your machine is running correct (hot plastic extrusion 200°+), do 10 calibrations every 15 minutes, clean a grinder, go get your boxes, make your boxes, package all your parts correctly, move the packaged product to shipping, and clean your work area for the next poor joker, all for $8/hr. Some 'employees' don't last more than one night, most never even make it to two weeks. They will hire someone in, and fire them the next week. I never saw a place go through so many temps/employees. But this is what they call employment now.


Yup and unfortunately this outfit is just one of many in this area that operate like this. These slave masters are using the current economic downturn to their unscrupulous advantage. Most of these outfits spend more on landscaping and exterior appearances than on employee wages and benefits. Why do they do this? Because there is a glut of available labor these days so when one poor schmuck gets tired of the abuse there's another one right behind trying to keep themselves from ending up homeless. You cannot feed, clothe and shelter yourself in this community on an $8.00 an hour job. Heck I was making more than 8 bucks an hour 30 years ago in slimy places like this so while the cost of living has gone up dramatically, the value of putting in a good day's work has gone down the same. I'll stop now before I really start to rant.

Tri-cities realist

When a company can not find employees to work for the wage they are offering, the company will raise the pay rate... It's called free market economics. But that info is not nearly as exciting as bashing a local business. If they are so bad, and you know how to better run a business, then start a company and become their competition. Then you can pay your employees what you want.


Aha, a nerve has been hit. So, what's the name of your company and what are you paying your employees? Do you interview and hire your own employees, or do you use one of those 3rd party slave trading outfits so you don't have to have any contact with the folks who make you wealthy?


ya...trickle down, yes, I feel it on my neck now...thank you for the warm feelings.


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