Skip Navigation
Office of the Governor of Michigan, Rick SnyderMichigan.gov, Official Web Site for the State of Michigan
Michigan.gov Home
close print view

German company to invest $5 million in new Kalamazoo facility, Snyder says

Friday, March 23, 2012

GERMANY - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced that Hark Orchids L.P., an orchid propagation company headquartered in Lippstadt, will invest approximately $5 million to establish its first facility outside of Germany in Kalamazoo.

"Hark's choice of Michigan for its first U.S. facility tells others across the globe that Michigan holds great opportunities for their business expansion," Snyder said. "This announcement comes as we wrap up a very busy, productive week with companies in Italy and Germany. Our message that Michigan is more business-friendly than ever is showing real results that will mean new jobs for people across our state."

Founded in 1904, Hark Orchids is a family-owned company offering hybridization, cultivation and propagation of orchids. Hark plans to establish a 30,000 square-foot lab and climatic chambers facility, investing approximately $5 million. The investment will create up to 80 jobs in the next three to five years. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. and Southwest Michigan First supported the project with cash grants totaling $750,000.

"Investments in Michigan's agriculture industry, like Hark's investment in Kalamazoo, help our economic recovery by creating new agriculture jobs and supporting our local communities," said Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Keith Creagh. "Michigan currently ranks third in the nation in floriculture production and is known for our high quality floriculture products both in the U.S. and internationally."

Earlier in the day Snyder met with executives from BASF at its headquarters in Ludwigshafen to thank the company for its strong commitment to Michigan and make the case for additional investment and jobs in the future.

New Jersey-based BASF Corp. was formed in 1986 and is the North American affiliate of Germany-based BASF AG, one of the world's leading chemical companies. Michigan BASF operates eight facilities and employs some 1,400 associates at facilities in Wyandotte, Livonia, Southfield, Mattawan, Lincoln Park, Wixom, Rochester Hills and Troy.

Today's announcement by Hark was one of the more public highlights of Snyder's eight-day investment mission in Italy and Germany, where he and a Michigan delegation have met with Italian and Germany government officials and major company executives to promote business opportunities in Michigan. The group will return home on Saturday.

"Southwest Michigan welcomes Hark to a new stage in the region's rich history as the Bedding Plant Capital of the World. While the industry relied on the region's microclimates and rich soil centuries ago, today its collaborative infrastructure and bioscientific knowledge are helping it to blossom as shown by the company's decision to locate here," said Ron Kitchens, CEO of Southwest Michigan First.

The mission is Snyder's second since taking office in 2011. Last September he led an eight-day trade mission in Asia, where he and a Michigan delegation met with Japanese, Chinese and Korean government officials and major company executives to promote business opportunities in Michigan.

Follow the governor on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RickforMichigan and on Twitter @OneToughNerd.

###

PHOTO ADVISORY: Gov. Rick Snyder, second from right, meets with officials of Hark Orchids L.P. From the left are Anja Hark-Bormann, Oliver Bormann, Ingrid Hark, Fritz Hark, Snyder and Karl-Heinz Lapornkik.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Related Content
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder signs bill ensuring Michigan children have access to career and technical education
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder applauds community colleges for helping adults gain in-demand STEM skills
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder: Detroit transition shows cooperation, commitment as city moves forward
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder: Allen Park financial emergency resolved
 •  Healthy Michigan Plan Enrollment Surpasses 400,000
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder's request for disaster declaration covering Southeast Michigan approved by President Obama
 •  Governor signs order to better serve deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder signs bill allowing residents to volunteer as payment for Driver Responsibility Fees
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder: Expanded college dual enrollment opportunities helping students, families
 •  Governor Snyder, Mayor Duggan, Goldman Sachs Celebrate First Graduation of 10,000 Small Businesses in Detroit
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder seeks presidential disaster declaration to help residents, businesses after Southeast Michigan flooding
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder: Unemployment drops to 7.4 percent as Michigan continues to move forward
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder proclaims Sept. 20-27 as Michigan Trails Week
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder lowers flags to honor firefighter William Russell Wiita
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder signs bill paving the way for Michigan companies to continue growing
 •  Northern Michigan, U.P. communities impacted by deep freeze eligible for $7.5 million in aid
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder: Legislative action focuses on allowing Michigan companies to continue growth
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder lowers flags for Patriot Day, honors those lost on September 11
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder: Historic water authority deal shows leaders are working together for Michigan's comeback
 •  Gov. Rick Snyder: Mental Health Diversion Council progress report implements strategies to help people, communities
QR code

Michigan.gov Home
PoliciesMichigan NewsMichigan.gov Survey


Copyright © 2014 State of Michigan