A Source of Information

The West Michigan Shoreline Food Processing Initiatives network is extensive throughout the region with connections throughout the agriculture and food processing sectors. With these connections, the Initiative leadership is prepared to work with existing food processors, ones considering a new location in West Michigan, and companies that are looking at new development opportunities.

The goal is not to displace or duplicate programs run by others, but to help be a catalyst for creating economic, job, and income growth in the region. For more information, contact Marty Gerencer, Initiative Co- Director, by writing to

In addition, the Initiative team has access to a number of key studies and reports commissioned by Consumers Energy prior to the closure of the BC Cobb facility in Muskegon that present the details of the basis for establishing the West Michigan Shoreline Food Processing Initiative. Copies of these reports are available for distribution upon request to Dennis Marvin, Pillar Manager-Implementation Process and Logistics-CLS, by writing to The reports include:

  • Muskegon County Food Processing Facility and Port of Muskegon-Marty Gerencer-John Sisson
  • Benchmark of BC Cobb Facility End Use Study-John Sisson
  • Port of Muskegon to Asia Competitive Analysis (Cross Lake Shipping)-Les Brand (Supply Chain Solutions)
  • FAM Benchmark Tour of Finger Lakes Region (NY) Report-Dennis Marvin


The West Michigan Shoreline Food Processing Initiative (Initiative) program team issues periodic updates about each of the key pillars (infrastructure, education/incubation, and logistics-Cross Lake Shipping-CLS) as the Initiative evolves through Phase II into Phase III. Questions can be directed to Marty Gerencer, Initiative Co-Director ( or Dennis Marvin, Pillar Manager-Implementation Communications and Logistics-CLS (

January, 2018:PillarUpdateNewsLetter_January20181418FINAL

March, 2018:PillarUpdateNewsletter-March2018FinalPDF

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