BRIDGMAN, Mich. – Cornerstone Alliance, Berrien County's lead economic development agency, announced today that B&L Information Systems will be renovating and expanding its facility in Bridgman. Cornerstone Alliance presented the tax exemption on B&L's behalf, which was approved tonight by the City of Bridgman.
B&L Information Systems has created enterprise resource planning (ERP) software designed for metal casters since 1976. Today, B&L's Odyssey ERP software gives die casters, foundries, and other metal casters access to the critical business information needed to operate more efficiently, intelligently, and profitably in a cloud-based environment, backed by award winning service.
"B&L Information Systems is a Michigan-grown business that has been here for over 40 years and we are proud they expanded their operations in Michigan's GREAT Southwest," said Cornerstone Alliance Business Development Manager, Cathy Tilley. "B&L is a community-oriented company, which is demonstrated by their investment in this project that will create new jobs and opportunities for Berrien County residents."
B&L will be upgrading the existing interior and adding to their current facility to allow for a better workflow environment. There will be approximately 20 workstation areas revitalized in addition to approximately 20 workstations added in the new area. Connect spaces and huddle rooms will be built with digital studios that support web conferencing. A new customer experience center will be created for hands-on learning of their software products.
"B&L is excited about this new chapter in our 43+ year history in Southwest Michigan. Since our founding, we've been located within the city limits of Bridgman and have always had a positive relationship with the City. The new and renovated facilities will support our projected growth plans and allow us to better serve our customers and attract new talent to our technology company," said Philip Laney, President and CEO of B&L Information Systems.
Construction on their facility is set to commence in August 2019 with a planned completion in May 2020. The project will create 15 full-time positions and will retain 37 full-time positions.