Marley Precision expands to second facility, $3 million investment

The auto industry rebound has proven to work in Battle Creek's favor as Marley Precision announces a $3 million investment in a second location in the city's Fort Custer Industrial Park.

The company, based in Japan, manufactures and supplies direct fuel injection components to the auto industry. Marley Precision will introduce a new product line and expand its local presence.

The company has been in Battle Creek since 1995 at 455 Fritz Keiper Dr. in the industrial park. Over the next 12 months machines will be added and interior improvements also will be made to this facility.  

At the end of 2013, the decision was made to expand to 1255 Hill Brady Road. The company added an air compression room, oil storage room and a complete interior renovation to the site and the company foresees further investment there.

Marley Precision Plant Manager Andy Ward says the company has two shifts and 20 employees. That number is expected to rise in 2015 as demand rises for Marley's products.

"When production is ramped up in 2015, we’ll be producing 1 million components per month," Ward says.

Michael Hodges, who started as a temp, was hired in to the company, and now is quality control subleader has found it to be a good employer. “Marley Precision has a deep commitment to its people," he says. He also appreciates the opportunity that comes with working with a small manufacturer. "I am able to receive recognition, have ownership over the work, and take pride in the work I do,” Hodges says.

Karl Dehn, President and CEO of Battle Creek Unlimited, the economic development organization for the community, says Marley Precision offers high skilled jobs that provide opportunities for Battle Creek workers.

Marley Precision is part of Maruei Industries Co. Ltd. of Japan led by president Shigemitsu Takagi.

Citywide, Battle Creek continues to see impressive economic development activity, including 15 new companies announcing plans to locate or expand there in the last 18 months.

Source: Battle Creek Unlimited