Superior Extrusion, Inc., aluminum products provider, broke ground on the company’s $20.4 million expansion in Forsyth Township, Michigan. The project is expected to create 44 jobs.
Due to increased business demands, the company needed to expand its operations and is constructing a new facility on land currently occupied by 11th Street, the main route into the airport.
“This is the largest expansion project in the 23 years that we’ve been in business at Superior Extrusion, Inc.,” said SEI Chairman of the Board George LaBlonde III. “We are so grateful for the partners that continue to support and help us to stay in Gwinn and grow. We would not be here today without our dedicated employees providing quality products to our customers in Michigan and the Midwest.”
The company announced its plans for the facility in May following Michigan Strategic Fund approval of an amendment increasing the company’s existing Michigan Business Development Program grant to $422,000. The amendment helped secure an additional $20.4 million in investment by SEI in Michigan over competing sites in Iowa and Ohio. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) also awarded the project a state Transportation Economic Development (TEDF) grant in the amount of $660,000 to help fund infrastructure improvements associated with the expansion.
“Superior Extrusion’s continued expansion in Michigan demonstrates the strength of our business climate and underscores the importance of our state’s talented workforce,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “As we jumpstart Michigan’s economy, today’s groundbreaking is helping to build the path for economic growth and recovery right here in the Upper Peninsula.”
SEI produces and ships more than 3,200 custom and standard profiles from its location in the Upper Peninsula. The company uses multiple hydraulic presses to create the aluminum shapes needed to make vehicle parts, docks, trailers, boats, and many other products. In 2020, SEI shipped more than 35 million pounds of extruded aluminum to customers across the county and currently has 160 employees on the site.
“Congratulations to the team at Superior Extrusion Inc. on your tremendous growth and success. We appreciate your continued vote of confidence in our state and in our workforce, and look forward to working with you over the coming months and years as you continue to grow and add jobs for Michigan residents,” said Quentin Messer, Jr., CEO of the MEDC and President and Chair of the Michigan Strategic Fund. “We’re proud to join the Department of Transportation, the Lake Superior Community Partnership and other partners as we send the message that we are working to build a championship economy here in the Upper Peninsula.”
MDOT’s TEDF grant will help support work performed by the Marquette County Road Commission including relocating 11th Street, building a new roundabout and road from the existing 11th Street south to 10th Street, resurfacing and adding turn lanes on Kelly Johnson Memorial Drive and 10th Street, and other associated road improvements.
“It has been exciting to watch Superior Extrusion’s growth over the years,” said Lake Superior Community Partnership Director of Business Development Mary Myers. “We are very fortunate to have them in Marquette County and look forward to seeing their continued success.”