Battery watering supplier Flow-Rite Controls is to add an engineering centre to its facility in Byron Center, Michigan, US.
The 7,500 sq. ft. facility will house a research laboratory with high-speed assembly equipment and new injection molds. According to Flow-Rite Controls, the expansion will create 64 jobs over the next three years.
“We’re also exporting to China and South Korea, and we’ll need engineers to specifically address those markets,” said Robert Burnetter, chief executive officer at Flow-Rite.
The Michigan Strategic Fund awarded Flow-Rite Controls with $224,000 to support the $6m expansion. “We are continuously reinvesting in our facility, products and people here in West Michigan,” said Burnetter.
“It is imperative that we retain and expand growing companies like Flow-Rite in our region,” said Birgit Klohs, president and CEO at The Right Place, a Michigan-based non-profit economic development organisation, which helped Flow-Rite Controls to gain the performance-based grant from Michigan State.
Flow-Rite Controls develops and makes fluid control devices for lead acid batteries and other industrial and consumer uses. It currently employs 112 people.