Western Michigan welcomes three manufacturing facility expansions

According to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, three companies are expanding their manufacturing operations in the western portion of the state resulting in a $29 million capital investment and more than 290 new jobs.

WKW Roof Rail Systems, LLC creates aluminum auto parts and plans to purchase the former Toyota Tsusho America facility in Battle Creek, Michigan. The plant will be used to manufacture aluminum roof rail systems for the North American vehicle industry. The company is investing $23 million and will create 186 jobs. It's eligible for a Michigan Business Development Program grant worth $950,000, according to the MEDC's statement.

Cascade Die Casting Group, Inc. is expanding its facilities in Sparta, Michigan, and Gaines, Michigan. The company is investing $5.3 million in the project and will create 50 new jobs. It will also be eligible for a Michigan Business Development Program grant worth $275,000.

SolarBOS is opening a new solar equipment manufacturing facility in Walker, Michigan, through a $884,000 investment. The expansion will create 56 new positions and has made the company eligible for a Michigan Business Development Program grant worth $250,000.

Companies expanding old or opening new facilities should work with manufacturing recruiters to find the most qualified candidates for their open positions.