Lighting maker builds plant
An LED lighting maker is building a new plant in the area and planning to create 120 jobs.
TecNiq, which supplies energy-efficient LED products for a variety of vehicles, has outgrown its operations in Richland, northeast of Kalamazoo, and is building a 100,000-square-foot plant in Comstock Charter Township.
The new plant will allow TecNiq to expand its product development and manufacturing capabilities.
TecNiq chose to expand in Michigan over a competing site in Indiana.
As a result, the project was awarded a $540,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp., or MEDC.
Comstock Charter Township has also offered support for the project in the form of a tax abatement.
“Our organization operates based upon the belief that the greatest force for change is a job, and we have no doubt that 120 families in the region will greatly appreciate the positive change afforded by this project,” Southwest Michigan First CEO Ron Kitchens said.
Founded in 2004 by engineers Jeff Condon and Mark Pruss, TecNiq makes LED lighting for fleet vehicles, construction trailers, emergency response vehicles and more.
In 2006, the company said it developed technology used in vehicle stop lamps that increased energy efficiency by 50 percent over previous designs.