Upjohn Company Manufacturing Plant
7000 Portage Road, Portage

After many years of being centralized in the Kalamazoo city limits, the Upjohn Company moved manufacturing efforts out to Portage. In 1950, a new plant was constructed to house manufacturing. Its architects employed some basic Art Deco motifs at the stepped concrete and brick facade of the main entrance, including bronze borders, railings and doorframes and a panel of brick glass. A rounded overhang, also of bronze, projects over the stairs, and bold black ceramic sans-serif letters spell out the company name. Concrete bands highlight the long, low windows and the top edge of this brick structure.