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Swedish furniture supplier plans $19M plant

March 9, 2016
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ROL Ergo makes control systems and furniture designs for ergonomic height-adjustable desks, as well as electronics and software for intelligent desks. Courtesy Lakeshore Advantage

A Swedish supplier of furniture parts is planning to build a new plant in the region to meet growing customer demand.

ROL USA plans to invest $19.8 million in building a new plant in Holland Charter Township and create 51 jobs as a result, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corp., or MEDC, today.

The 140,000-square-foot plant will be used to laser cut, powder coat, machine metal, assemble and package office furniture parts.

MEDC said the Holland Charter Township site was chosen over competing locations in southern states.

Local support

The project has received support from local, regional and state agencies.

MEDC awarded ROL a $300,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant to help offset training and recruiting, and Holland Charter Township has offered property tax abatements for the project.

Steve Arwood, CEO at MEDC, said ROL’s decision to establish a new plant in the state underscores an economic climate that is "more business friendly than ever" and a manufacturing talent pool that can "compete with any place in the world."

“This investment will provide excellent employment opportunities to our residents and will create a long-term positive impact on the local economy,” Arwood said.

Lakeshore Advantage also provided support for ROL’s project by working with the company to identify locations and incentive opportunities required for the project.

Jennifer Owens, president of Lakeshore Advantage, said the economic development nonprofit is happy to help any Ottawa County business that needs assistance and connect them with resources, so they can thrive in the area.

“We are proud to work as an extended member of the ROL team, as we did in 2013 when they selected our community for their first North American manufacturing location,” Owens said.

ROL

ROL USA’s parent company, Jönköping, Sweden-based ROL Ergo, was founded in 1985 in Sweden and began leasing space in Holland in 2013.

ROL Ergo makes control systems and furniture designs for ergonomic height-adjustable desks, as well as electronics and software for intelligent desks.

ROL Ergo has locations in Europe, Asia and North America. 

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