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Kent Manufacturing completes $1.2M expansion
Kent Manufacturing has a brand new facility.
The Wolverine Building Group just completed construction on a 30,000-square-foot addition to Kent Manufacturing’s recently purchased 40,000-square-foot building at 2200 Oak Industrial Drive NE in Grand Rapids.
Kent Manufacturing outgrew its previous building at 1840 Oak Industrial Drive NE and decided to move just down the street last year. The manufacturer spent $1.23 million on the expansion and Wolverine designed and built the addition, which includes a badly needed 5,000 square feet of office space.
The Muraski family has owned Kent Manufacturing for the last half century and the firm specializes in converting pressure-sensitive coated materials to manufacturing parts that are used in a variety of products for sealing, joining, fastening, surface protection and vibration dampening.
City Economic Development Director Kara Wood said Kent Manufacturing is on 3M’s national list of preferred converters and making that prestigious industrial list has helped the company secure a stable business and a steady growth pattern.
Kent Manufacturing serves the automotive, medical, electronics and office furniture markets.
“Working with the Muraski family members on their family-owned and -run business made this project a true joy to be part of,” said Wolverine President Mike Kelly in a statement.
Besides the addition, Kent Manufacturing will spend another $297,000 on new equipment over the next several years.
The company employs 50 full-time workers and up to 25 on a part-time basis during certain production seasons. Kent Manufacturing plans to add another four full-time workers from its investment.
The Grand Rapids City Commission awarded the firm an eight-year industrial tax abatement for its $1.5 million investment in the plant addition and new equipment purchase last fall. The exemption will save the company $14,800 in real and personal property tax payments in each of those eight years.
According to Kent County records, Kent Manufacturing bought its new facility in April of last year for $1.35 million.