Automation supplier plans new facility
A maker of automated machinery in the region is planning to build a new 40,000-square-foot facility and create 60 jobs.
Holland-based Koops will build the facility in Holland and invest $4.9 million in the project, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corp., or MEDC, today.
The manufacturer has reached operating capacity at its current location in Holland, at 987 Productions Court.
The new facility will be located adjacent to Koops’ current Holland location, on property already owned by the company.
Koops chose Holland as the site for its expansion over a competing site in South Carolina.
“Koops is excited about continuing our growth in Holland with the addition of a new facility,” Koops CEO Paul Brinks said.
As a result of the project, Koops has been awarded a $360,000 performance-based grant from MEDC to help offset construction costs.
Additionally, Koops received a $90,500 grant from West Michigan Works!, which will be put toward training new and current employees and recruiting efforts.
Zeeland-based economic development nonprofit Lakeshore Advantage assisted in securing the grants.
The city of Holland also offered support for the project via a property tax abatement.
Founded in 1989, Koops is employee owned and makes factory automation systems for a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical and others.
Employing more than 100 people, Koops provides 3D mechanical design, electrical controls design, project management and production line integration and support.
Koops also has locations in Greenville, South Carolina and Mexico.