DEWYS MANUFACTURING INC. EXPANDS IN WRIGHT TOWNSHIP

Posted in News on June 12, 2019

DEWYS MANUFACTURING INC. EXPANDS IN WRIGHT TOWNSHIP
DeWys Manufacturing is investing $6.9 million in Ottawa County, creating 41 jobs 


06/12/2019 // WRIGHT TWP., MICH –DeWys Manufacturing, Inc., a complete metal solutions company that focuses on precision sheet metal fabrication, powder coating, product assembly and contract manufacturing, will invest nearly $7 million dollars over three years in a 30,000 square foot expansion to their existing 90,000 square foot facility in Wright Township. The expansion will create 41 jobs at their Ottawa County facility.
 
DeWys Manufacturing has been awarded a Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant of $267,000 to support the project. DeWys Manufacturing chose this location in Michigan over a site in Memphis, Tennessee for their expansion. 
 
“The grant provides additional leverage to expand in our state, while providing very important and rewarding careers in manufacturing,” says Jon DeWys, CEO, DeWys Manufacturing.
 
Lakeshore Advantage, the local economic development organization that assists employers in Ottawa and Allegan counties, has worked with DeWys on this project through connecting the company with local and state resources to support their growth. Lakeshore Advantage also assisted in coordinating state and local permit approvals and site expansion options. 
 
“The earlier a company reaches out, the better we can help problem solve, make connections and streamline the expansion process,” said Jennifer Owens, President of Lakeshore Advantage. “Congratulations to DeWys Manufacturing on their growth, to Wright Township on the great manufacturing jobs being created locally, and to the partners involved who creatively identified solutions to enable this expansion in West Michigan.”
 
One of those creative solutions involved the use of adjacent land for a retention pond needed to support the expansion. The proposed retention pond location is owned by Consumers Energy and requires Michigan Department of Environmental Quality approval for this use. Consumers Energy and DeWys Manufacturing worked together on engineering needs and a lease for this property.
 
“Consumers Energy is proud to help facilitate DeWys Manufacturing’s expansion and advance the Lakeshore area’s growth and success,” said Lindsey Ballard, Economic Development Manager, Consumers Energy. “Together with Lakeshore Advantage, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and others, we’re glad to be part of a team to help DeWys and the region thrive.”
 
Wright Township committed local support to this project. The Township is expected to approve a tax abatement for this expansion in the months ahead. 
 
“Wright Township is very excited for the new expansion and the creation of several new jobs at DeWys Manufacturing,” said John Westgate, Supervisor of Wright Township. “They have been a great community partner and DeWys’s continued growth is a great asset to our community.”
 
Individuals interested in careers with DeWys Manufacturing, and team member education at its DeWys University, should visit https://www.dewysmfg.com/careers/
 
“DeWys Manufacturing’s decision to invest in Wright Township rather than in another state means good jobs for Michigan residents and underscores 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 Michigan Strategic Fund. “We’re pleased to work with our local partners and support this investment, and we look forward to working with the company as it continues to grow and add jobs in West Michigan.”
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