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Flow-Rite Controls to expand Byron Township production facility

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Flow-Rite Controls Ltd. plans to invest $6 million at its Byron Township-based facility, according to a statement.

The project aims to expand the company’s 98,000-square-foot facility with an additional 7,500-square-foot engineering center. The investment also includes production upgrades to its existing facility.

The company produces its own lines of fluid-control devices for lead-acid batteries used primarily for the golf cart, marine and industrial equipment markets.

Flow-Rite currently employs approximately 112 employees and plans to add an additional 64 workers over the next 3 years, with half of the expected hires occurring in the next 12 months, CEO Robert Burnetter told MiBiz.

A $224,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) helped support the expansion, according to a release. Byron Township also approved a property tax abatement for the company.

The company plans to use the expansion project to further diversify its products and increase export growth, Burnetter said. Flow-Rite expects to launch a new product line of locking fasteners in October.

“As we expand our business, we have identified other markets we can serve and need engineers to develop those products,” Burnetter said. “We’re also exporting to China and South Korea, and we’ll need engineers to specifically address those markets.”

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