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2017 Quarter 3

Bowers Aluminum

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 94
  • $7,500,000

Bowers Aluminum has finalized an agreement to acquire 27 acres in Battle Creek’s Fort Custer Industrial Park to build a new 68,850-square-foot facility.

Newell Brands

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 87
  • $7,300,000

A building expansion by Newell Brands in Kalamazoo is expected to bring $8 million in new investment and 87 design jobs.

Xcel Painting

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 50
  • $1,750,000

Xcel Painting, LLC announced it will expand and bring 50 jobs to the village of White Pigeon. The company is a spin-off of Indiana-based Global Composites, a manufacturer of nose caps, rear caps and nose cones for the RV industry.

FEMA Corporation

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 14
  • $2,250,000

Highly technical manufacturer, FEMA Corporation, is making a $2,250,000 investment at its Portage facility including a new 47,567-square-foot building and 14 new jobs.

Clark Logic


  • 5
  • $1,000,000

Clark Logic made investments in Sturgis and Three Rivers that will impact its logistics capabilities.

Micro-Lam Technologies

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 5
  • Investment Unknown

Micro-Lam Technologies has outgrown its start-up roots and expanded into a new facility in Portage to support growth associated with its hybrid laser-diamond cutting tool system.

Atlantic Packaging

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 0
  • $200,000

Atlantic Packaging, a leading source of packaging equipment, materials, engineering and technical resources, acquired a site in Sturgis in anticipation of future expansion needs.

Bell’s Brewery

Agriculture/ Food Processing

  • 0
  • $7,000,000

Bell’s Brewery, Inc. will invest in capital improvements, equipment and sustainability projects throughout its regional facilities.

2017 Quarter 2


Health Services

  • 90
  • $400,000

ConcertoHealth is expanding into a new 14,500-square-foot facility in Oshtemo Township. The group specializes in primary care and supporting clinical services for complex, frail, elderly and dual-eligible patients through comprehensive telephonic and field-based care.


Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 60
  • $64,500,000

Zoetis, Inc. announced a $64.5 million investment in its manufacturing facilities in Kalamazoo and Portage. The investment includes two new production lines and related operations to manufacture oral tablets and chewable medicines for companion animals.

GT Independence

Back Office/Customer Care Center

  • 50
  • $200,000

GT Independence, a back office customer care company, will expand into 5,000 square feet in the new Moso Village development in the Sturgis.

Falcon Lakeside Manufacturing

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 27
  • $1,800,000

Falcon Lakeside Manufacturing, a cast and machined products manufacturer, expanded into the villages of Stevensville and Eau Claire.

Quality Precast

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 20
  • $1,352,185

Quality Precast, Inc. is building a new 25,000-square-foot production facility and corporate headquarters in Alamo Township.

National Flavors

Agriculture/ Food Processing

  • 5
  • Unknown

National Flavors, Inc., a local custom flavoring company, has broken ground on its new 30,000-square-foot facility in Oshtemo Township.

Parker Hannifin – Pneumatic Division

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 5
  • Unknown

Parker Hannifin – Pneumatic Division, a specialist in motion and motion and control technologies, made investment in its Richland site to accommodate for its office support staff.


Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 3
  • $500,000

A manufacturer for the auto parts after-market, DMPE, Inc., grew in Stevensville.

Green Bay Packaging

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 3
  • $10,800,000

Custom corrugated packaging specialist Green Bay Packaging is undertaking an 107,000-square-foot expansion in Pavilion Township.

Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

Agriculture/ Food Processing

  • 0
  • $550,000

Bell’s Brewery, Inc. is adding a pilot brewery and new specialty packaging line at its production facility in Comstock Township.

2017 Quarter 1

JR Automation Technologies

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 60 new jobs
  • $1,900,000 invested

JR Automation Technologies, a global leader in capital equipment design, integration and manufacturing, will expand its existing facility by 25,000 square feet in Stevensville.

Haymarket Brewery & Taproom

Food Processing

  • 39 new jobs
  • $5,250,000 invested

Haymarket Brewery & Taproom opened its second location in Bridgman which will serve as a production brewery.

International Paper

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 25 new jobs
  • Investment Unknown

International Paper, one of the world’s leading producers of fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper, will expand its operations in Three Rivers.

Modineer Coatings Division

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 21 new jobs
  • $2,200,000 invested

Quality metal components specialist Modineer Coatings Division is expanding its operations in Benton Harbor.

G&W Display Fixtures

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 10 new jobs
  • $725,000 invested

G&W Display Fixtures is purchasing a 150,000-square-foot building to house its metal fabrication, welding and finishing processes in Bronson.

LECO Corporation

Life Science, Other

  • 6 new jobs
  • $19,000,000 invested

LECO Corporation will construct a new 64,000-square-foot applications laboratory and customer demonstration facility in St. Joseph.


Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 6 new jobs
  • $1,000,000 invested

Special-Lite, a manufacturer of engineered architectural products, including commercial entrance systems, has chosen to expand in Benton Harbor.

Depatie Fluid Power Company

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 5 new jobs
  • $550,000 invested

Depatie Fluid Power Company in Portage plans to invest $550,000 in a 40,000-square-foot expansion, adding five new jobs.

Verified Design

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 5 new jobs
  • $250,000 invested

A manufacturer of plastic injection molded parts and rapid prototyping specialist, Verified Design launched as a startup in Kalamazoo.

East Jordan Plastics

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 3 new jobs
  • $1,300,000 invested

East Jordan Plastics, a provider of plant containers and plant growing solutions, is expanding its manufacturing operations and distribution center in Coloma.

Summit Polymers

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 0 new jobs
  • $12,000,000 invested

Summit Polymers, a leading Tier I supplier to the automotive industry, is expanding its operations in Portage.

2016 Quarter 4

Bostik Inc.

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 120 new jobs
  • $3,000,000 invested

Bostik Inc., provider of adhesive technologies, will add 20 new jobs in Marshall.

Stryker Corporation

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 105 new jobs
  • $130,000,000 invested

Stryker Corporation’s (NYSE: SYK) Instruments division is building a new 485,000-square-foot facility in a campus setting in the city of Portage, which will feature a customer experience center, functioning showroom, R&D and bio-skills labs, as well as space for sales, marketing and support functions.

Dorel and Ameriwood Home Furnishings

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 87 new jobs
  • $2,000,000 invested

Dorel and Ameriwood Home Furnishings has chosen to upgrade and expand the operations of its existing plant in Dowagiac.


Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 65 new jobs
  • $685,000 invested

Consumer electronics company mophie, LLC, a division of Zaag, will expand its customer service operations in Texas Township. A $375,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant was awarded in support of the jobs being created.


Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 59 new jobs
  • $22,300,000 invested

Flex-N-Gate will add stamping and welding operations at its Emmet Township facility, investing $22.3 million.

Sigma Machine Inc.

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 58 new jobs
  • $27,800,000 invested

Locally owned manufacturer Sigma Machine Inc., a tier 1 supplier to Tesla Motors, has announced that it will expand its existing footprint inside Midlink Business Park in Comstock Township.

Vickers Engineering

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 50 new jobs
  • $5,100,000 invested

Vickers Engineering, a prototype and production supplier of CNC machining to automotive and other industries, is investing $5,100,000 in capital equipment and building improvements in its New Troy facility to create 50 new jobs.

Midwest Energy Cooperative


  • 32 new jobs
  • Investment Unknown

Energy provider Midwest Energy Cooperative announced that it will build a new 129,500-square-foot headquarters facility and add 32 new jobs in Cassopolis.

Indeck Energy Services


  • 21 new jobs
  • $1,000,000,000 invested

Indeck Energy Services, a privately held developer, owner and operator of power generation projects, plans to build a state-of-the-art energy center fueled by clean natural gas in Niles.

Tigmaster Co.

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 15 new jobs
  • $195,500 invested

Tigmaster Co. announced that it will expand its current facility by 5,600 square feet in Baroda Village, adding new jobs to its precision fabrication and specialty welding efforts.

Toefco Engineered Coating Systems, Inc.

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 10 new jobs
  • Investment Unknown

A leading provider of industrial coatings, Toefco Engineered Coating Systems, Inc. will add 10 new jobs in Niles.

W-L Molding Company

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 10 new jobs
  • $24,625 invested

W-L Molding Company, a manufacturer of plastic injection molded parts and products in Portage, will expand its workforce by 10 employees, in addition to acquiring real estate that it currently leases.

Metal Mechanics

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 7 new jobs
  • $1,250,000 invested

The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners approved a Brownfield plan to support Metal Mechanics’ new 30,000-square-foot headquarters and manufacturing operation in Schoolcraft. A $4,495 Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) grant was also approved.

W.E. Slitt & Sheet Company

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 5 new jobs
  • $499,795 invested

W.E. Slitt & Sheet Company has chosen to add 19,000 square feet to its existing location for expanded warehousing in Three Rivers.

Kadant Johnson LLC

Design-Based Manufacturing

  • 0 new jobs
  • $1,100,000 invested

Kadant Johnson LLC, a Three Rivers-based manufacturer of precision rotary sealing devices, recently invested in a large volume, multi-tasking Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine to increase its manufacturing capacity, expand its capability, improve its production efficiency, and provide increased customer responsiveness.

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