In 2020, Abonmarche launched the Portage office to better serve the Kalamazoo/Portage area. Before the earliest settlers arrived, Pottawatomie Indians inhabited this area. While Kalamazoo was known as the “Paper City” because of the many paper mills in and near that city, Portage had earned the distinction of “Celery City” of the nation; the area remained prolific in celery production until the middle of the twentieth century. Today, Portage is the home of pharmaceutical company Pfizer’s largest manufacturing facility, at 1,300 acres, while Kalamazoo is the home of many well-known breweries, including Bell’s Brewery.
July 20, 2021