Alliant Healthcare Products Reaches New Heights In Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS — Alliant Healthcare Products is a company on the rise, in every sense of the word.

Six weeks ago, Alliant moved its headquarters in downtown Grand Raids from the second story of an office building on the 300 block of Ionia Avenue to the 11th floor of Bridgewater Place at 333 Bridge St. NW. In the move, the company boosted its office space by 50 percent. And $90,000 of renovations opened the office to views of the north and east sides of Grand Rapids overlooking the Grand River.

Over the last five years, Alliant Healthcare Products has sold more than $275 million of medical capital equipment and surgical devices into almost every hospital of the Veteran’s Administration and the Department of Defense throughout the world. The company is a verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business that helps other companies navigate the complex acquisition environment of the federal government.

“Sometimes, it might have been easier flying combat missions and taking ground fire over Iraq than navigating federal procurement rules,” said Alliant owner Bob Taylor, a former B-52 navigator who served in the first Gulf War.

But on a serious note, he added: “There are veterans who have sacrificed far more than me. I’m not doing this just for my own benefit. I’m hiring and rewarding other veterans too. Right now, veterans make up 30 percent of my staff and make up the majority of my senior management team.”

Don Tuitel, a former rescue swimmer in the U.S. Navy, serves as the company’s Director of Business Development. And Becky Hudson, Director of Quality and Regulatory, graduated from the Coast Guard Academy, then served as an officer and served in both search and rescue and homeland security missions.

“These are no underachievers,” Taylor said. “They know hard work, leadership, dedication, teamwork, and how to get the job done. What else can any company ask for in an employee?”

Besides assisting companies in selling to the federal government, Alliant also manufactures cardiovascular products for open heart surgery under the brand name Surge Cardiovascular. Surge products are sold globally with annual growth of 56 percent.

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