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Metal fabricator plans $5.7M expansion, 50 jobs
A local manufacturer founded nearly a century ago is increasing its workforce by 60 percent to meet demand.
Grand Rapids-based Proos, founded in 1919, will invest $5.7 million in its Grand Rapids expansion, adding 50 jobs to its 83-employee workforce, according to The Right Place, a regional economic development nonprofit, today.
Proos plans to expand both its fabrication operation, Proos Fabrication, and its stamping operation, Proos Manufacturing.
Proos will renovate its facility at 2555 Oak Industrial Drive NE as part of the expansion.
The expansion will support Proos’ “continued aggressive growth, by scaling up production to meet current and future customer needs."
“Managing growth is just as challenging as managing decline,” said Amy Proos, CEO of Proos, a woman-owned business. “However, with the assistance of The Right Place, MEDC and the city of Grand Rapids, Proos is now able to start another exciting chapter of our 94-year history.”
Proos was named 2014 Automotive Supplier of the Year by the Grand Rapids New Car Dealers Association.
The Right Place said that Proos has been awarded a $200,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-base grant, as part of a $715,000 incentive package to expand in Grand Rapids.
“Proos is a rapidly expanding supply chain manufacturer with physical growth constraints and numerous options to grow elsewhere,” said Megan Sall, business development manager at The Right Place.