Machined parts supplier invests $5.1M in operation
A supplier of precision machined parts to multiple industries is investing $5.1 million in its operation.
Vickers Engineering, which supplies the automotive, energy and consumer product industries, is expanding and renovating its facility in New Troy in Berrien County, at 3604 Glendora Rd., and creating 53 jobs.
Vickers supplies parts to Toyota, Lexus, Borg Warner, AM General, Honda, John Deere and others.
Vickers plans to free up production space at the facility by adding additional warehouse space.
The company’s investment will go toward capital equipment and building improvements.
“This is a significant opportunity for Vickers to continue to grow and expand our employment opportunities,” Vickers President and CEO Matt Tyler said.
Recently, one of Vickers’ major customers asked that the company move some of its production to North Carolina to be closer to the customer’s operations. Vickers expressed a desire to keep its production in Michigan, necessitating the expansion.
By choosing to remain in Michigan, Vickers received a $160,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund, issued by the Michigan Economic Development Corp., or MEDC. The grant will help Vickers with training expenses for new employees.
Benton Harbor-based economic development nonprofit Cornerstone Alliance is assisting Vickers with the expansion by providing staff time and resources.