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Glass fabricator plans $5.6 million expansion, 76 new jobs in Highland Township

-Company to add 55,000 square feet onto plant
-Aims to complete expansion around December
-It reported $21 million in revenue last year, projects $25 million this year

Midwest Glass Fabricators is planning a $5.6 million expansion that will double the size of its Highland Township plant and add 76 new jobs over the next three years as it enters the ballistic- and blast-resistant glass market.

The company is set to add 55,000 square feet to its 50,000-square-foot facility off Transfer Drive in the center of the township, with a goal of having the additional space operational by December, according to Paul Mouton, public liaison for the company.

After expansion, the company plans to hire for 65 manufacturing jobs and 12 office sales jobs over two years, scaling with the development of business.

The glass fabricator supplies commercial and residential glaziers around the state and beyond, including Universal Glass and Metals, which is part of Detroit-based Brinker Group, Glazing Solutions Inc., based in the Lansing area, and Plymouth-based Edwards Glass Co. for projects ranging from Ford Field and Greektown Casino-Hotel to the University of Michigan biomedical sciences building.

It reported $21 million in revenue for 2017 and is projecting $25 million in sales this year, Mouton said. It plans to continue that growth with its production of laminated glass.

“Adding laminate to our line-up of products is a step towards providing safety to buildings nationwide at an affordable price without compromising security,” company co-owner Jim Iaquinto said in a written statement. “Building an addition to our existing plant will allow us to bring in local R&D and help establish Michigan as a leader in the arena of safeguarding the public.”

Mouton said the company envisions working with local municipalities and communities to provide, “at a minimum,” safe entryways and safe rooms for the public.

The expansion project received a 50 percent property tax abatement on the new portion of real estate from Highland Township. Bloomfield Township-based Salzeider Construction Inc. is the general contractor for the job.

Midwest Glass Fabricators started in Walled Lake in 1989. Twenty years later, it began direct distribution and shipping to Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky, where it opened a distribution center in 2014. The company employs a total of 135 people.


Posted By: Detroit Free Press on April 10, 2018.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.

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