Metal Flow plans $7.2 million expansion in Holland Township


HOLLAND TWP. — metal flow corp is adding a 60,000 square foot facility adjacent to its existing Holland Township location to accommodate growth from the deep draw stamping company’s technology investments.

According to CEO Kelly Springer, Metal Flow’s new $7.2 million facility will include lightweight manufacturing, robotics, automation and logistics to enable ongoing support for existing and new customers. The development is expected to create 10 new jobs.

“As a global provider of engineered products, Metal Flow has grown and invested in new technologies,” Springer said in a statement. “This growth and investment, as well as anticipated future growth, resulted in the need for additional square feet.”

The development received a 12-year industrial property tax exemption from Holland Charter Township.

“Holland Charter Township is pleased to support the expansion and investment Metal Flow is making in its facilities,” Township Manager Steve Bulthuis said in a statement.

Lakeshore Advantage Corp.the economic development organization for Ottawa and Allegan counties, helped connect Metal Flow to local resources for the project.

“Manufacturing is the heartbeat of our economy,” Jennifer Owens, president of Lakeshore Advantage, said in a statement. “Metal Flow is a great example of a forward-thinking company that is expanding to make investments in new technologies that will help ensure its prosperous future.”

Metal Flow considered expanding several locations in North America and decided to build on land the company has owned for years, Springer said.

Owner-occupied extensions are trending among West Michigan manufacturers amid historically low vacancy rates for industrial space. LG Energy Solution Michigan Inc. recently announced a $1.7 billion expansion of its facility in Holland.

On the life sciences front Pfizer Inc. invests $120 million in its Portage facility to ramp up production of COVID-19 vaccines, and Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing Inc. is investing $160 million in its Grand Rapids facility following a multi-year contract with the federal government.

The second quarter of 2022 brought more than 1.8 million square feet of net absorption for industrial space, bringing year-to-date occupancy gains to 2.6 million square feet and market-wide vacancy rates to 3 percent, according to JLL’s West Michigan Industrial Outlook report.

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