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JSJ discontinues izzy+ brand

Marie Havenga • Apr 28, 2018 at 9:00 AM

SPRING LAKE TWP. — The JSJ Corp. has announced that it is discontinuing the izzy+ brand, affecting 72 employees.

The office furniture company at 17237 VanWagoner Road in Spring Lake Township has been part of the JSJ portfolio since 2001. The company will stop taking orders and end production after fulfilling its current supplier and contractual obligations, JSJ officials said.

Erick Johnson, JSJ's executive vice president, said the company is working at having izzy's employees continue employment with other JSJ companies or help them find other opportunities.

“We're working with them to offer them positions throughout the other operations we have in the area,” Johnson said. “We've got other local companies that have asked about the employees. We're working with other local companies who are interested in hiring them.”

Johnson said the 118,000-square-foot facility will be repurposed to accommodate some of the operations of other JSJ companies — Dake, GHSP and Sparks.

“We're not moving the entire operations,” he said. “We're investing in new opportunities for them and this facility is a great spot for that. Some new opportunities have come up that we will use that plant for.”

Johnson said he is “not at liberty” to explain details at this time.

“For some of the izzy employees, there could be opportunity there, as well,” he added.

Johnson said JSJ officials determined office and school furniture was not a market they wanted to continue to pursue.

“We periodically evaluate all of our businesses and have concluded that, because of our strategic focus to provide engineered solutions to businesses, the furniture business doesn't fit our strategic focus going forward,” he explained. “Given the current market conditions, we're confident that we will be able to assist employees with opportunities which will allow them to have a soft landing.”

JSJ Chairman/CEO Nelson Jacobson said it was a difficult and bittersweet decision to close izzy+.

“We are proud of the work, the products and, most importantly, the people who have defined izzy+,” he said. “JSJ is a family business, and izzy+ has been an important part of our family for the last 17 years. While difficult, the decision to close izzy+ is the right one for our company, and we are working closely with employees, suppliers, business partners and others to ensure an organized and thoughtful transition.”

There's also an izzy+ plant in Middlebury, Indiana, which will close at the end of its production cycle.

The JSJ Corp. employs about 2,700 people in West Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin, China and Mexico.

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