American Seating is unique in its ability to discuss the benefits of good public transportation. On one hand, few companies are as dependent on the success of public transportation as American Seating. An industry leader in seating for public transportation, the demand for their products directly maintains manufacturing jobs in our area. In fact, over 500 jobs at the company’s west side Grand Rapids facility are connected to the industry.
Those jobs stayed where they are partially because of the industry American Seating serves. Fifteen years, when moving or improving their existing property were both viable options, leadership identified over 200 people that walked or rode the bus. It became one of the key factors to stay. It was an investment in local jobs and economic growth.
“We’re an urban company. That’s the decision we made.”
Clark sees more more good news. “More people are going to be realizing the benefits of using mass transit to get to and from work, to and from shopping. I think it bodes well for any city the size of Grand Rapids to have a good infrastructure of mass transit so we can attract business to the area.”