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Automation supplier creating 100 jobs

July 19, 2018
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Holland-based JR Automation makes automated equipment for multiple industries. Courtesy MEDC

A manufacturer of custom automation equipment plans to invest $4 million in the region and create 100 high-tech jobs.

Holland-based JR Automation will expand its facilities in Holland, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, or MEDC, yesterday.

“JR Automation has and continues to experience tremendous growth, both here in Michigan and internationally,” said Bryan Jones, CEO, JR Automation. “With that, we are proactively investing in expansions to support this growth.”

The expansion will include investments in computers and IT at six locations, one at 7275 Red Arrow Hwy. in Stevensville and five in Holland: 4433 Holland Ave.; 12688 New Holland St.; 13521 Quality Dr.; 13365 Tyler St.; and 4190 Sunnyside Dr.

Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Tennessee.

“We’re proud of our Michigan roots and are deeply committed to continuing our growth here,” Jones said.

“We are exceedingly grateful to our employees and the communities that do so much in making Michigan a great place to live, learn, and work and to our partners who enable us to do more and be globally competitive. We are excited to be a contributor in Michigan’s marketplace and see a bright future together.”

Incentives

Zeeland-based Lakeshore Advantage, an economic development nonprofit, worked to assemble financial support for the project.

MEDC awarded the project an $800,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund.

The Holland Board of Public Works has offered an economic development incentive rider that will result in savings of electrical demand charges for three years.

West Michigan Works! is offering more than $50,000 in training grants and in-kind workforce support to JR Automation, meant to help the company gain skilled and qualified workers.

Grand Rapids Community College has offered $500,000 from the Michigan New Jobs Training Program. This program is designed to provide funding for training employees hired into “new” jobs paying at least 175 percent of minimum wage. The program allows for creative training options for employers. 

JR Automation

JR Automation has been expanding significantly over the past several years, with the Business Journal reporting on several acquisitions by the company, several expansions and a new $5.6-million facility in Holland Township in 2016.

Founded in 1980, the company employs 1,900 people at 21 locations in North America, Europe and Asia.

The company completes over $570 million in sales annually.

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