Amway Lands Naming Rights To New Airport Terminal [Video]
Amway has been granted the naming rights to the new Gateway Terminal at Gerald R. Ford International Airport. When completed, the terminal will officially be the Amway Gateway.
Amway's parent company, Alticor, paid eight million dollars for the naming rights to the Gateway Transportation Project, which will be completed in December of 2018. Phase One of the project will open next June.
Bill Payne, Amway Vice Chairman, told the Grand Rapids Business Journal the Project reinforces the company's commitment to West Michigan.
“The airport plays such a critical role for our community; it’s the first impression visitors get when they arrive and key to the growth of many local businesses, the Gateway Transformation Project will improve travelers’ experience, including a faster, more efficient security checkpoint and enhanced facilities, both before and after security, for more comfortable travel.”
“As visitors enter the new Grand Hall, the Amway Gateway will welcome and introduce them to West Michigan and our company, with the more than 2.5 million passengers who flew through Grand Rapids last year, how could we afford not to do this?”
Curt Pullen, chairman of the Gateway Transportation Program, says he thinks this may be the first private/public funding of such a project in the United States. The two phase project will modernize the airport and improve the user experience for travelers.
According to WZZM 13 the project includes consolidation of the airport’s security checkpoints into a centralized checkpoint, an expansion of the Grand Hall to include additional food and retail options, concourse upgrades and updates to the ticketing and baggage claim areas.