Automation Design Company Koops, Inc. to Expand in Holland, MI

Posted in News on August 24, 2016

UPDATE: Click here to see the .pdf Case Study provided by Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Holland, Michigan – Koops, Inc., a systems integrator offering custom factory automation solutions, announced today they will invest nearly $4.9 million in building construction, machinery and equipment in Holland, and create 60 new jobs. Koops, Inc. is an employee-owned company headquarted in Holland, MI.

“Michigan is a great place to live and work. Koops is excited about continuing our growth in Holland with the addition of a new facility,” said Paul Brinks, CEO of Koops, Inc. “This project would not be possible without our strong partnerships in West Michigan.”

Lakeshore Advantage played a key role in supporting Koops, Inc. by connecting the company with resources and tools to support their Holland expansion. This partnership was influential in assisting Koops, Inc. with the decision to expand in Holland over a location in another state.

"Over the years, Koops has grown to be a leader in automation solutions,” said Jennifer Owens, president of Lakeshore Advantage. “Koops provides manufacturers throughout the world with necessary tools to allow for efficiency and growth.”

Founded in 1989, Koops, Inc. designs and builds innovative specialty machines and equipment for industries including automotive, transportation, aerospace, construction, medical, furniture and pharmaceutical. Koops, Inc. has experienced substantial growth, reaching capacity at its current location.

The City of Holland has offered support to the project in the form of a 12-year P.A. 198 property tax abatement to support the company’s growth locally.

“We are celebrating with Koops!  Their expansion represents not only their own success, but also the demand in our area for innovative production engineering,” said City of Holland Mayor Nancy DeBoer. “Their expertise in technology, people and process will help manufacturing throughout our region continue to be cutting-edge.”

Koops was awarded a $360,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to help offset construction costs and strengthen Koops’ footprint in West Michigan. The company plans to construct an approximately 40,000 square foot facility in Holland adjacent to their current operations on land the company currently owns.

“Koops’ expansion in Michigan rather than other locations means well-paying jobs for Michigan residents and underscores the strength of the state’s manufacturing talent,” said Steve Arwood, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which administers incentives and programs on behalf of the Michigan Strategic Fund. “This decision by Koops to invest here offers further evidence of Michigan’s manufacturing leadership and our commitment to helping companies grow and generate new jobs for our residents.”

Koops, Inc. is also receiving a grant from West Michigan Works! for $90,500 to assist with employee recruiting, hiring and training.

"West Michigan Works! is focused on providing our region's employers with a skilled and qualified workforce so that they can meet the demands of a growing economy,” said Jacob Maas, CEO of West Michigan Works!. “We're pleased to support the Koops expansion and continue to provide resources for business growth on the lakeshore."

To learn more about robotic technology, factory automation or employment opportunities at Koops, Inc., visit koops.com.