Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced two business expansion projects expected to create a total of 138 new jobs and generate a total capital investment of nearly $11 million have received support from the Michigan Strategic Fund.
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The projects are in Spring Lake Township and Wayland.
P&THE Manufacturing adding 107 jobs in Spring Lake, investing $2.6 million
P&THE Manufacturing Michigan, LLC is a subsidiary of P&THE Holding, a Canton Township-based holding company that consists of businesses providing high-performing manufacturing solutions.
The company invests in industrial firms that can benefit from a hands-on operational experience that includes organizational leadership and expertise and a superior customer experience.
P&THE plans to acquire Spring Lake Township-based Turbo Components, Inc. (TCI), a West Michigan aluminum casting and machining manufacturer that produced engine components for a large Auburn Hills auto supplier.
TCI filed for bankruptcy in April 2023 and currently has no employees. As part of the acquisition, the supplier has agreed to continue working with the business once it is acquired and reformed.
P&THE plans to increase its capacity by adding work from existing customers such as Detroit Diesel, Power-Packer, and Rolls Royce.
The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $2.6 million and create 107 jobs with the support of a $428,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant.
Michigan was chosen for the expansion over the company’s existing facility in Ohio.
The project will bring immediate mobility and automotive manufacturing jobs to a rural community and will restore operations of a former bankrupt company while increasing compensation and utilizing local supply networks.
P&THE plans to offer an increase in wages from what was provided by TCI in an effort to attract and retain talent.
Walinga USA creating 31 jobs in Wayland, further boosting Michigan’s agricultural leadership
Walinga USA Inc. is a subsidiary of Walinga Inc., headquartered in Ontario and established in 1954. Walinga USA was created in 1983 in Wayland to service customers in the U.S.
The company makes pneumatic transportation systems and feed trailers for the livestock and agriculture industry. Walinga currently employs 53 Michiganders.
The company is experiencing increasing demand and plans to expand at its current operations in Wayland, where it will purchase an adjacent parcel and construct a new facility as well as make renovations to its existing facility.
The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $8.3 million and create 31 jobs with the support of a $168,000 Micro Michigan Business Development Program performance based grant.
Michigan was chosen for the expansion over competing sites in Indiana, Iowa and North Carolina because of the company’s longstanding presence in the state and Michigan’s skilled workforce. ■