HOLLAND — An improving automotive industry has many companies in the supply chain considering additional capacity.
With a tight supply of industrial property across the region, companies have looked to add on to their existing facilities to make room for more equipment and processes.
That’s what Holland-based parts supplier GNS America did with a new $2 million metal stamping facility addition at 13341 Quincy Street. The project was scheduled to be completed by the end of February.
Holland-based construction firm Elzinga & Volkers handled the build out of the new 30,000-square-foot space, which now houses equipment and assemblies for the company’s specialized hot stamping process. The project also includes additional manufacturing and tooling space.
GNS America is a supplier of stamped metal parts and assemblies for the automotive and office furniture industries.
The company is an affiliate of GNS Automotive, one of very few South Korea-based companies on the west side of the state. Its expansion is expected to add 15 new jobs and increase GNS America’s annual sales by $10 million, according to a release from Elzinga & Volkers.
In just a little more than three years, GNS America outgrew the 100,000-square-foot facility that it purchased for $5 million in August of 2009.
The addition puts GNS America over the 100-employee mark.
GNS America is just one of many growing small to midsized manufacturers in the Holland/Zeeland area and West Michigan that participate in the global automotive marketplace, said Randy Thelen, president of the economic development organization Lakeshore Advantage.
“Driving through the industrial parks of Holland and the Zeeland area right now, I don’t think many people realize what’s going on behind those walls,” he said. “A lot of these companies are developing products and services for global markets and that helps in a lot of ways with the job recovery we’ve seen.”
As a percentage of its gross domestic product, Holland is second behind only Battle Creek in West Michigan for exports, Thelen said.
“It’s the type of thing we’re seeing across the board,” Thelen said of GNS America’s expansion. “To have real growth, you need companies big and small making investments.”
Other local developments include Perrigo’s recent announcement that it plans to add 400 jobs and $200 million in investment at its JB Laboratories facility in Holland Township, while Request Foods Inc. said it planned a new $26.1 million expansion and 437 new jobs, Thelen said.
A representative from GNS declined to comment on the story.