Metal Flow invests in further expansion

An Ottawa County manufacturing company is expanding with the help of Lakeshore Advantage.

Dutch metal stamping company Metal Flow is investing $7.2 million in a 60,000 square foot expansion of its Dutch factory.

The new expansion will add a new facility adjacent to Metal Flow’s current Dutch facility at 11694 James Street. Construction of the project is being managed by Lakewood Construction, with plans to have the facility operational in 2023.

The project will add space for light manufacturing, robotics and automation, warehousing and showcase space for customers. This addition will create 10 new jobs at Metal Flow.

“As a global provider of technically sophisticated products, Metal Flow has grown and made investments in new technologies,” said Kelly Springer, CEO of Metal Flow. “This growth and investment, along with anticipated future growth, has driven the need for additional square footage. After evaluating multiple locations across North America, Metal Flow chose to expand the property purchased years ago and leverage the talented workforce currently located in Holland, Michigan.

Lakeshore Advantage, a nonprofit economic development organization that helps employers seize growth opportunities in Ottawa and Allegan counties, worked with Metal Flow on its property tax abatement application and connected the company to local resources such as West Michigan Works and Holland Board of Public Works to support the project.

“Manufacturing is the heart of our economy. Metal Flow is a great example of a forward-looking company growing to invest in new technologies that will help secure its successful future,” said Jennifer Owens, President of Lakeshore Advantage. “Congratulations to Metal Flow on their continued success.”

Holland Charter Township is supporting the project with a 12-year industrial plant tax exemption.

Metal Flow is a high-volume producer of custom metal components for the automotive industry. The company stamps products such as brackets, connectors and nut caps in various shapes and sizes from a variety of metals, using deep drawing and step drawing.