GNS AMERICA TO INVEST $2.8 MILLION IN HOLLAND TWP EXPANSION

Posted in News on September 13, 2017

9/13/2017 - Holland, Michigan – GNS America, a metal stamping automotive supplier, plans to expand in Holland Charter Township, investing $2.8 million and creating 30 jobs over the next two years. This will be the company’s third expansion since it outgrew its 100,000 square foot facility the company purchased in 2009. 
 
“GNS is committed to providing the best manufacturing employment opportunity for people in West Michigan.  We would not be this successful without the dedication and commitment of our employees and we are excited to add additional opportunity for others to join our GNS America team as we grow,” said Todd Deal, Chief Operating Officer at GNS America. 
 
GNS is planning a 40,000 square foot addition to their existing facilities to increase manufacturing capacity. Once the facilities have been expanded, GNS will acquire and install new machinery and equipment.  Most of the new jobs will be in new machinery operations, created as a result of this expansion project.
 
“We come alongside companies looking to grow as an extended member of their team, and help assemble resources to move projects forward,” said Jennifer Owens, Lakeshore Advantage president. “The team pulled together with creative solutions and resources to create good jobs and bring infrastructure improvement to our community through GNS’s growth.”
 
Drainage and the location of a retention pond east of GNS America’s main facility has caused significant logistical issues. GNS partnered with Lakeshore Advantage, Holland Charter Township, Holland Board of Public Works and a neighboring employer to draft a plan that improves drainage and accessibility which will allow for the GNS America expansion. 
 
“The Township Board and staff are very pleased to support GNS America in their plans to expand their manufacturing facility in Holland Charter Township,” said Donald Komejan, Holland Charter Township Manager. “We look forward to working with the Company during this project and are excited for their continued growth in the form of capital investment and job creation for the greater Holland area.”
 
Holland Charter Township has secured $430,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the State of Michigan to support the expansion project for work on infrastructure and retention pond land improvements.
 
“GNS America’s expansion here rather than another state means good jobs for Michigan residents and underscores the strength of the state’s manufacturing talent,” said MEDC CEO Jeff Mason. “This investment will provide good employment opportunities for Michigan residents and will create a long-term positive impact on the local economy.”
 
To provide adequate storm water retention for this additional impervious surface area as well as to alleviate on-going high water issues in the area, the Ottawa County Water Resources Commission (Drain Commission) will construct a 3-acre storm water retention pond on the northern unused, wooded portion of the Holland Board of Public Works' Quincy Street electric substation. The municipal utility company will continue to own this property- there will be no change in ownership.
 
“GNS America is a valued customer and we were happy to provide space on our unused property for their storm water retention needs,” said Dave Koster, general manager, Holland Board of Public Works. “We understand that collaboration with businesses to create solutions is vital for continued economic development and growth, and meets the high expectations our customers have come to know and expect.”
 
About GNS America
GNS America was established in 2009. The company’s core business is in metal stamping, hot stamping, welding, and assembly. The company’s tool and die division offers full design and build capabilities.
The commitment of the GNS America workforce and their passion to excel in innovative techniques and processes make GNS an industry leader in metal forming and product assemblies. GNS has been awarded the 101 Best & Brightest Employers to work for in West Michigan for 3 years and in 2016 was chosen as Best & Brightest Company to work for in the Nation. More at www.gnsauto.com.
 
About Lakeshore Advantage
Lakeshore Advantage is a non-profit economic development organization that catalyzes resources to drive economic growth in West Michigan. Lakeshore Advantage works to maintain a robust primary business base at all stages of development, from startups to large world-class corporations.
 
Lakeshore Advantage links area companies with the tools and resources needed for continued growth. In 2016, Lakeshore Advantage assisted with 26 growth projects resulting in over $205 million dollars in new private sector investment and 1,052 new jobs. More information is available at lakeshoreadvantage.com.
 
 
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