New ‘Make it in Michigan’ investments to create 159 good-paying jobs around the state

LANSING–Three business expansion projects expected to create a total of 159 new jobs and generate a total capital investment of $25.4 million have received support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, officials at the Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced.

The projects are in Newaygo, Kent County and Farmington Hills.

G-M Wood Products Inc., a manufacturer of performance components for exterior doors, is expanding at its operations and headquarters facility in Newaygo.

G-M Wood Products, founded in 1987 as a manufacturer of structural components for steel entry doors, now manufactures a full line of door frame components and exterior millwork in a multitude of substrates and finishes.

The company currently has 139 employees in Michigan and is experiencing significant growth, with plans to construct a 25,000-square-foot building adjacent to its existing operations in Newaygo. This will allow the company to bring some manufacturing processes currently being produced out of state and overseas into Michigan, allowing for better product control, decreased production times, and reduced production costs.

The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $8.6 million and create 25 jobs with the support of a $137,500 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. The company chose Michigan for the project over its current operations in Georgia because it was founded and is headquartered in the state, and because of the strength of the region’s talent base.

“G-M Wood Products, being an industry leader in the manufacturing of millwork and entry door components with facilities in Michigan as well as Georgia, is excited to continue growing our Newaygo, Michigan campus,” said G-M Wood Products Vice President Kevin Karrip. “We are bringing a new technology on site that we were previously sourcing from out of state and overseas. We firmly believe that the value of automated USA manufacturing will continue to increase over the coming years. Considering the partnership with the state of Michigan, combined with the incredibly hardworking employees of our West Michigan community, we are left with no doubt that Newaygo is the right choice for G-M Wood Products to continue to grow.”

G-M Wood Products offers training opportunities to upskill its employees and provides opportunities for growth from within. The company plans to work with Michigan Works! to secure local talent. The project will bring immediate advanced manufacturing jobs to the area and will position the company for future growth and investment in Michigan.

The city of Newaygo has offered a 50 percent property tax abatement in support of the project.

For more information regarding G-M Wood Products and possible career opportunities, visit https://gmcompanies.com/contact or contact Jeremiah Ebenstein at Jebenstein@gmcompanies.com.

Also, the digital ticketing sales platform Ludus is establishing new headquarters in Kent County.

Ludus was founded as a side project to assist Holland Public Schools in navigating online ticket sales. Since then, the company has grown rapidly and counts more than 2,000 universities, K-12 schools, and community and professional theaters around the country as customers. The company was recently ranked #706 on Inc.’s list of the 5,000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. Ludus currently has 21 employees around the country.

The company plans to establish a headquarters facility near downtown Grand Rapids that will serve as its long-term home base. The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $310,000 and create 34 high-wage jobs with the support of a $140,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. The company chose Michigan over competing sites in Chicago and Austin because of the strong customer base it already has in the state.

The project supports a business in the target industries of tech and professional and corporate services and fosters high-wage job growth. The project will bring immediate, high-wage tech jobs to the region, further growing the high-tech ecosystem in Grand Rapids and will help solidify the company’s presence and future business in Michigan.

“We at Ludus are thrilled to plant our roots in Grand Rapids,” said Ludus co-founder and CEO Zack Collins. “Our commitment is to be a leader and contributor to the city’s growing tech scene. Together, we’ll build a future where GR stands at the forefront of technological excellence. Additionally, we are dedicated to attracting and cultivating top-tier tech talent from all around the country, ensuring that GR becomes a magnet for brilliant minds and a place where tech talent can call home.”

The MEDC and The Right Place Inc. worked together to ensure the company continued its growth in the region rather than in competing sites in Chicago and Austin. The company seeks technically savvy individuals who are looking to be a part of a fast-growing tech company and plans to offer $10,000 in relocation bonuses to attract employees willing to work at its headquarters location.

More at https://hello.ludus.com/careers,

Also, the Tier 1 electric vehicle supplier Jing-Jin Electric North America is expanding its manufacturing operations in Farmington Hills.

Jing-Jin Electric North America LLC was founded in 2012 and is an electric vehicle supplier of drive train systems, power electronics and software for passenger and commercial vehicles. The company is headquartered in Farmington Hills, where it employs 200 Michigan residents and continues to expand and support the growing supply chain for electric vehicles here in the state.

The company continues to grow and service customers around the world and recently secured a significant new contract with a multinational automotive manufacturer. As a result, Jing-Jin will be expanding its manufacturing capabilities to meet the new customer needs and secure new opportunities in Farmington Hills. The project is expected to generate $16.5 million in capital investment and create 100 new high-paying jobs with the support of a $1 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant.

The company chose Michigan over competing states Alabama, Indiana and South Carolina for this expansion, due in part to the company’s presence in the state and having enough land to accommodate the 40,000-square-foot new build. The company’s expansion announcement is also supported by Michigan’s talent pool, proximity to customers, and access to a leading supply chain infrastructure.

More at https://en.jjeglobal.com/.

The MEDC is the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business development, job awareness and community development with the focus on growing Michigan’s economy. For more information on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit www.MichiganBusiness.org.

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