Posted in News on March 23, 2021

Company investing $1.5 million in expansion, their third expansion in six years. 

03/23/2021 // GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, MICH Automated Machine Systems, an established designer, engineer and manufacturer of high-quality automated equipment and systems for the wood pallet and material handling industries, is investing $1,479,554 to expand an existing facility in Georgetown Township. Lakeshore Advantage, the local economic development organization that assists employers with growth opportunities in Ottawa and Allegan counties, connected the company with local resources to support their growth. 

“Automated Machine Systems is an excellent case of an entrepreneur with a great idea expanding and providing high skilled jobs in West Michigan,” said Jennifer Owens, Lakeshore Advantage President. “We serve primary employers, from startup companies to fully mature, because we know today’s entrepreneurs will be tomorrow’s base employers. We are honored to support the exponential growth of this automation solutions provider over the years.” 

The 35,000 square-foot expansion to their existing facility in the Georgetown Industrial Center will allow Automated Machine Systems (AMS) to centralize and expand their manufacturing infrastructure and continue to grow the company. The company is also investing in capital equipment and other supplies. The company currently employs over 100 individuals and it is anticipated that the expansion will add another 10-12 employees to their staff. 

“This expansion project is the next step of development for AMS and will produce great opportunities for increased efficiency and growth for many years to come. As a proud member of the community, we are excited for this and look forward to being able to continue, and even increase our participation in the local economy,” said Kris Chayer, president, Automated Machine Systems.

AMS was founded in 1997 by a local entrepreneur as a sales and engineering firm with a single employee. The company began manufacturing in 2004 and throughout its 20+ year history, AMS has occupied several locations, all within one mile of each other, and exclusively in Georgetown Township. The company has strong relationships in the area, with key suppliers, partners, and more. When AMS built the 41,000 sq. ft. facility at their current location in 2015, they employed 35 people. In 2017, they added a 25,000 sq. ft. addition. Each of these improvements was estimated to expand their personnel by 20 people. The company exceeded that expectation by double each time. 

Georgetown Township unanimously approved support for the project in the form of a 12-year Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption. 

“We appreciate Automated Machine Systems’ presence here and commitment to our community and are pleased to provide support for their expansion and investment in their facility,” said Jim Wierenga, Georgetown Township Supervisor.