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Automation supplier plans $1.9M expansion

March 16, 2017
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Holland-based JR Automation Technologies makes automated equipment for multiple industries. Courtesy JR Automation Technologies

A maker of custom automation equipment and robotic systems in the region is planning a $1.9-million expansion.

Holland-based JR Automation Technologies said yesterday it will expand its operation in Stevensville by adding 25,000 square feet to its existing 45,000-square-foot facility, at 7275 Red Arrow Highway.

Construction will begin in April and conclude in December.

JR Automation plans to add 60 jobs over the next three years at the facility.

The company said the expansion is due to increased customer activity and the need to accommodate increased production.

It serves multiple industries: automotive, aerospace, construction, consumer products, food processing, furniture, green technologies, medical and pharmaceutical.

JR's leadership team worked closely with Cornerstone Alliance, an economic development nonprofit in Benton Harbor, to make the expansion possible.

The company also received support from Michigan Economic Development Corporation, or MEDC, and Kinexus, an economic development nonprofit in Benton Harbor, for the project.

On Tuesday, Lincoln Charter Township trustees approved a tax abatement for the project.

Rob Cleveland, president of Cornerstone Alliance, said he’s grateful JR Automation chose to “invest and create high-paying, high-skilled jobs in Berrien County.”

JR Automation Technologies has annual sales exceeding $300 million.

The company has multiple facilities across Holland as well as a facility in South Carolina.

It employs a workforce of about 950 people.

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