Dick DeVos is well known in the state of Michigan for the high level of philanthropy and charitable works he has recently undertaken with his wife, Betsy. However, DeVos is also well known as a business leader after leading the AmWay corporation on a long period of expansion after taking control of the group in the mid 1980s, Wikipedia reports. In 2010, DeVos looked to expand his business empire into new areas in and around Michigan when he formed the Windquest Holdings company, which has recently been reported by MLive to be the latest investor in the popular Coppercraft Distillery; Coppercraft is well known in Michigan and the surrounding states as a small producer of liquor drinks.
Dick DeVos has always been willing to take a risk on entering new industries and to make sure his family push their business interests to their limits. A good example of this is the leadership DeVos showed when he took control of the international business at AmWay, and led the company to new levels of success that included a tenfold increase in international sales after he took control.
In the 21st century, DeVos has become almost as well known for his role as a philanthropist as he is for his business career. Dick and Betsy DeVos head up a foundation that has focused its efforts on the development of educational and medical programs for the people of Michigan and beyond. DeVos has also looked to provide funding for major arts foundations around the country, alongside establishing charter schools across Michigan to ensure the children of the state have the best possible educational opportunities.
Coppercraft has been a growing business that was in need of extra investment to ensure it continues to grow at a fast pace in the coming years. The injection of funding from the DeVos family and Windquest has included an application to transfer the liquor production license from Walter Catton III to Windquest. This is the first step in Windquest taking overall control of the company, which will continue with the development of a craft beer division and improvements to the tasting room in the 9,000 square foot distillery.