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Two West Michigan businesses to expand, bring 319 jobs to the area

Two West Michigan companies, Gen3 Defense & Aerospace and Blackmer, are expected to expand their operations in Grand Rapids, bringing 319 jobs and $15.5 million investment to the area.

The expansions were announced Wednesday by The Right Place and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

Gen3 Defense & Aerospace, an engineering company with a focus on autonomous military and aerospace programs, is working to “expand its capabilities in robotics systems development.” The company is planning to move into a larger building in Kent County, an expansion that’s expected to cost $8.7 million and create up to 269 jobs, according to a news release.

Gen3 currently 26 employees in West Michigan and is based at 285 Dodge NE in Comstock Park.

The MEDC awarded the company a $1 million performance-based grant.
“Our team is excited to begin taking on new opportunities as we continue growing in west Michigan,” Gen3 Defense and Aerospace General Manager Mark Wells said in a statement. “We plan to continue in the high-tech robotics space and we’ll need a strong, talented team to achieve that.”
The 269 new jobs Gen3 is expected to create would pay an average wage of $1,050 per week plus benefits, according to the MEDC.
Blackmer, which manufacturers and distributes rotary pumps, gas compressors and centrifugal pumps, is planning to build a new manufacturing facility in Grand Rapids. Blackmer’s parent compnay is expected to invest more than $7 million in the project and create 50 jobs, according to a news release.
The company, which has nearly 250 employees, received a $350,000 grant from the MEDC.
Blackmer is expected to house assembly, paint, and shipping functions at the new plant.

“Our team is incredibly excited to continue growing and evolving our operations in the West Michigan region,” Blackmer General Manager Bob Lauson said in a statement. “We’ve called the Grand Rapids community home for nearly a century, and it continues to be an ideal location for us to expand our footprint.”

The 54 new jobs Blackmer is expected to create will pay an average wage of $1.215.20 per week plus benefits, according to the MEDC.


Posted By: mlive on August 25, 2021.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.

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