Manufacturer moving subsidiary to West Michigan
A manufacturer is relocating an out-of-state subsidiary to the area and creating 64 jobs.
Kentwood-based Andronaco Industries is investing $3.3 million to relocate Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Conley Composite — which specializes in fiberglass pipe, fittings and valve manufacturing — and expand to a fourth Kent County location, at 4544 Broadmoor Ave. SE in Kentwood, according to The Right Place yesterday.
For the expansion, Andronaco plans to purchase and rehabilitate an existing 30,000-square-foot building. Conley Composite will moving all its equipment to the new space, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, or MEDC.
Andronaco recently acquired Conley Composite and was considering expanding the business in Oklahoma, the MEDC said.
“The decision to relocate Conley Composites to the same area as our other manufacturing subsidiaries made logistical sense for our company,” said Ron Andronaco, president and CEO, Andronaco Industries.
MEDC approved a $320,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant for the project, which it said will be dispersed over a three-year period as the 64 jobs are added.
The city of Kentwood is considering a tax abatement for the project, The Right Place said.
Andronaco Industries was founded in 1994 and has since grown organically and through acquisitions, now owning facilities in Michigan, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and France.
The company specializes in composites, valve systems, engineered products and specialty systems for the pharmaceutical, chemical, steel, wastewater and energy markets.
The headquarters facility in Kentwood employs 195 people.