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Italian manufacturer breaks ground on first US facility
An Italian maker of molds for the plastics industry broke ground recently on its first facility in America, which will be located in Byron Center.
INglass is investing $17.6 million in the West Michigan project and plans to employ 109 people over the next four years.
The 45,000-square-foot facility, located at 920 74th St. SW in Byron Center, will house INglass’s HRSflow division, which manufactures hot runner systems for plastic injection molding.
The facility will feature significant roof windows and natural daylight, and will also include thickened concrete floors throughout that are topped with epoxy resin and accommodate a flexible manufacturing layout.
It has been designed to accommodate future expansion, in line with INglass’s business growth projections.
Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. is providing architectural design and construction services for the new facility, with engineering design partners from Century A&E.
INglass-HRSFlow, formerly named Incos, was founded in 1987. The company has existing facilities in Italy and China, but this is its first U.S. plant.
The company chose to open the new facility in Michigan to better support its local customers and ensure just-in-time delivery, prompt service and closer sales relationships, according to INglass officials. INglass-HRSflow wants to enable its customers to reduce their time to market and improve their overall operating efficiency.
“In the following years, this decision will lead the company to a growth equal or greater to the one that we achieved in the past,” said Maurizio Bazzo, president of INglass group. “Grand Rapids in particular was chosen due its strategic position for the plastic injection market.”