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Suburban Inns Hotel Project Will Help Shape Manistee Area Prosperity for Decades

Investment in a Lake Michigan parcel - one that demonstrates the unique characteristics and opportunities in Manistee County - will create a flagged hotel that will be a destination for tens of thousands of visitors to the area.  Wet-Michigan based Suburban Inns and Pioneer Construction worked with the Chamber economic development team and community to put together the project and gain approvals to move forward.  

“This developer, this hotel project, will place our community on a path towards prosperity for the next 20 to 30 plus years,” stated Stacie Bytwork, President and CEO of the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce.  “We are fortunate to have them in our business community and invested in our area’s future.”  

The project will have a tremendous economic impact and generate $17.214 million annually in additional visitor spending.  The sector break-down includes:  

  • Retail stores:  $2,358,333;
  • Restaurants:  $3,873,175;
  • Recreation:  $2,478,832;
  • Transportation:  $3,115,754; and,
  • Air transportation:  $1,377,128. 

*Citation: Economic Impact of Tourism in Michigan 2019, by Tourism Economics





Below are recent projects that have taken place across Manistee County.  Manistee has seen growth across many sectors.

Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course expanded to include a second course and restaurant.

Arcadia Marsh is now the site of an exciting new universal access (UA) trail that extends from the parking area on M-22 to St. Pierre Road (about three-quarters of a mile). This trail is suitable for people of all ages and abilities and meets all UA and ADA standards. Come check it out!

Fab-Lite, Inc., a family-owned manufacturing facility, that produces office furniture built to order since 1966.  Is adding a 40,000 square foot expansion.  This $6 million dollar investment will create 10-15 jobs in the community.

Iron Fish Distillery is Michigan’s first working farm solely dedicated to the practice of distilling a full line of small-batch craft spirits. Every step of the process – from growing and harvesting non-GMO grain to cultivating native yeast, milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling, aging, and bottling – is done by hand at the distillery.  Expanded with a 4500 square foot Rickhouse, two additional fermenters, and a newly constructed kitchen.  Doubling the size of its workforce.

Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital

Next Generation Learning Center

North Channel Brewing Co.

Portage Point Resort

West Shore Community College