LANSING, Mich. – Three companies are planning expansions in Michigan with
support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development
Corporation announced today. The projects are expected to generate $13.6
million in total private investment and create 243 jobs in Ionia, Oak Park and
“The projects approved by MSF today underscore
business-friendly environment and the strength of the state’s
manufacturing talent,” said Jeff Mason, CEO of the Michigan Economic
Development Corporation, the state’s chief marketing and business attraction
arm that administers programs and performs due diligence on behalf of the MSF.
“We’re pleased to work
with our local partners and support these investments, which will mean more
jobs and greater economic opportunities for Michigan residents,” he said.
is a metal finishing company serving automotive, military and office furniture
customers. Located in Spring Lake Township with manufacturing operations
in Silao, Mexico, Almond Products specializes in pretreatment and stand-alone
coatings as well as specialized assembly and masking capabilities. The company
is experiencing significant growth and needs to expand its facility in Spring
Lake. The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $5.3
million and create 72 jobs, resulting in an $850,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan
was chosen for the expansion over the site in Mexico. The company will
contribute the MSF funds to upgrade capacity of the Grand Haven/Spring Lake
Sewer Authority, which currently does not have capacity for growth.
“The Township of Spring Lake and the MEDC
has been extremely supportive and provided resources to aide in expansion in
the State of Michigan,” said Almond Products President/COO Joy Ponce.
Spring Lake Township is
offering a 50 percent property tax abatement in support of the project.
Individuals interested in careers with Almond Products should visit http://www.almondproducts.com/index.php?p=Careers.
“Thanks to Joy Ponce, Almond Products, the
MEDC and all of our project partners who have worked hard to bring this
production line to Michigan,” said Spring Lake
Township Supervisor John Nash. “We are pleased that they chose Spring
an electric vehicle manufacturer with four locations worldwide, plans to expand
its research and development by opening a new, larger R&D center in the city
of Oak Park. Specializing in new energy
vehicle development, Bordrin’s North America headquarters will serve as home to
more than 110 employees. Bordrin’s U.S. team will focus on the development of
new platforms with world class lightweight body design, vehicle dynamics, and
highly efficient powertrain systems. The project is expected to generate a
total capital investment of $3.4 million and create 62 jobs, resulting in a
$496,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant.
“We are excited to locate our North
American Technical Center in Michigan to help us incorporate world class
technical leadership into our team and future products,” said Bordrin President
North America and Chief Technology Officer Jerry Lavine.
The city of Oak Park will assist Bordrin
with expedited plan reviews, permitting, and waiver of non-statutory fees.
Michigan was chosen over competing sites in North and South Carolina.
Individuals interested in careers should visit www.bordrin.com/en
“I’m excited Bordrin Automotive is
expanding its high tech presence in Oak Park,” Oakland County Executive L.
Brooks Patterson said. “Much of the innovation and development of the electric
vehicle happens in Oakland County and Bordrin is a key player in that global
market. They are an important part of our international business community and
join other Chinese companies who have chosen to make their North American homes
in Oakland County.”
Ventra Ionia Main, LLC is a subsidiary
of Flex-N-Gate, a supplier of
bumpers, exterior trim, lighting, aluminum and steel modular stamped body
in white and chassis assemblies, and other OEM
automotive products. Established in 1956 and headquartered in Urbana, IL,
Flex-N-Gate employs more than 26,000 people at 62 facilities in the U.S.
and around the world. The company needs additional space for the new Ford
Ranger bumper program, and plans to purchase an existing facility in the city
of Ionia that is adjacent to its existing operations. The project is
expected to generate a total capital investment of $4.8 million and create 109
jobs, resulting in a $600,000 Michigan Business Development Program
performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in Illinois
and Indiana. Individuals interested in careers with Ventra Ionia should visit www.Flex-N-Gate.com.
“Today’s news wouldn’t be
possible without the assistance from the Michigan Economic Development
Corporation and the city of Ionia. Flex-N-Gate’s growth in Michigan proves that
the automotive industry is still robust. We are proud of our growth, and are
poised to help our customers meet growing demand,” said Flex-N-Gate Vice President of Procurement Bill Beistline.
The city of Ionia is supportive of the
project and encourages the company to submit an application for a property tax
abatement. Historically, the city has supported business expansions that result
in job growth and an increase in capabilities with property tax abatements.
“Ventra and the Ionia business community
continue to be a vibrant contributor to West Michigan’s economic growth,” said
Therese Thill, Vice President, Business Development, and project lead. “We are
proud to support another growing business that will create jobs right here in
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