JR Automation’s $9.9M expansion expected to create 140 new jobs

JR Automation — a designer, builder, and integrator of advanced automation solutions globally — is investing $9.9 million in expanding its operations in the city of Holland.  

The company is entering into a long-term lease at the facility at 40 E. 64th St. in Holland, where it will expand operations. This project is expected to create 140 new jobs in West Michigan. 
Lakeshore Advantage, the economic development organization that assists employers with growth opportunities in Ottawa and Allegan counties, connected the company with local and state resources to support this project. 
“JR Automation is an excellent example of a future-focused company expanding and providing high-skilled jobs in West Michigan,” says Jennifer Owens, Lakeshore Advantage President. “We are honored to support the growth of this automation solutions provider and we celebrate their continued success.”

“The state of Michigan and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) continue to demonstrate their commitment toward keeping Michigan businesses competitive in the global landscape. Through their generous support and the hard work of Lakeshore Advantage, JR Automation will be creating one of the top machining and fabrication facilities in West Michigan, expanding our capabilities while allowing for more control and speed in delivering industry-best solutions for our customers,” says Craig Ulrich, JR Automation’s CEO. 

Instrumental partners

Other instrumental partners are the city of Holland, West Michigan Works!, and the MEDC, which is supporting this project with almost $2.4 million in state incentives from the Michigan Business Development Program and the State Education Tax Abatement. 
“This project is a win for West Michigan and for the entire state. We are grateful to the governor and legislators for the continued support of the Michigan Business Development Program,” says  Quentin Messer Jr., CEO of the MEDC, and president and chair of the Michigan Strategic Fund. “We’re proud to join Lakeshore Advantage and other local partners as we celebrate this longstanding Michigan company’s expansion here, and look forward to working together to grow, add jobs and provide greater opportunity for our friends and neighbors.”
The city of Holland is providing backing for the expansion in the form of a 12-year Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption. 

“The city of Holland is excited to support JR Automation in this reuse of this facility on 64th Street,” says Holland Mayor Nathan Bocks. “JR Automation is a critical and primary employer in our region, so their expansion and investment in more jobs is a reason to celebrate.”

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