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Italian company picks West Michigan for first North American plant
An Italian maker of silicone films has chosen to invest $20 million in West Michigan on its first North American plant.
Venice-based Siliconature is expected to create 26 “high-tech” manufacturing jobs at the planned plant in Gaines Township, at 4495 68th St. SE, according to The Right Place today.
Siliconature has manufacturing sites in Italy and Asia, but its increase in North American sales necessitated a plant on the continent.
Siliconature chose Gaines Township over competing locations in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.
At the new facility, Siliconature will make silicone-coated polyethylene terephthalate films for label, adhesive tape and medical product manufacturing.
Additionally, Siliconature will move its North American sales office, currently based in Chicago, to the new plant.
“The West Michigan area offers a great base of talent for manufacturing and technical jobs that are critical to our success,” said David Arado, president, Siliconature. “As well, the area offers the urban infrastructure of a larger city with natural and rural areas very nearby.”
Grand Rapids-based NAI Wisinski of West Michigan began working with Siliconature in 2015 to find a suitable location, and the firm brought in The Right Place, a Grand Rapids-based economic development nonprofit, to help research possible locations.
The project will be supported by a $286,000 state grant from Michigan Economic Development Corporation, or MEDC.
Additionally, Gaines Township has approved the creation of an industrial development district for the site and is considering approval of a local tax abatement for the project.
“Our collaborative efforts indeed helped attract Siliconature to Grand Rapids,” said Therese Thill, VP of business development, The Right Place. “The Grand Rapids region has rapidly become a desirable location for advanced manufacturing companies, due to our emerging stable of high-tech talent.”