Plastics maker invests $14M in expansion
A maker of plastic parts for multiple industries is planning to expand its plant in the area and create 54 jobs.
Agape Plastics is planning to invest $14 million to create a 57,600-square-foot addition at its plant in Tallmadge Township, at 11474 1st Ave. NW, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corp., or MEDC, yesterday.
Agape chose Tallmadge Township for the project over a competing site in Ohio.
Tallmadge Township-based Agape Plastics, founded in 1973, makes custom injection and insert molded products for various industries: automotive, furniture, agriculture; and medical.
Agape Plastics received a $300,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant and property tax abatement from the township for the expansion project.
Agape Plastics also received support from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality by approving the relocation of a conservation easement and assisting during the mitigation process.
“This is an example of a productive use of economic development dollars to maximize community benefits,” said state Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-Olive Township.
Steve Arwood, CEO at MEDC, said it is “thanks to many public and private partners that this project is taking place.”
“This investment will provide excellent employment opportunities for Michigan residents and will create a long-term positive impact on the local economy,” Arwood said.