Canada-Based Fabric Building Covers Plans Hudsonville, Michigan, Operation
The company will lease a facility where it will make renovations and add machinery and equipment.
“We are very pleased we are in a position to expand our presence in Michigan and contribute to the local economy,” said John MacDonald, president. “Our new facility will allow us to create more jobs and support the growth of the manufacturing sector in the state, expediting our production timelines in the USA. We would like to thank the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and their local partners for their support in this exciting initiative.”
The project is being supported by a $117,600 Micro Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. The Micro MBDP tool, adopted by the Michigan Strategic Fund in 2019, is designed to promote business growth especially in rural areas or areas with high unemployment as well as target industries. The Micro MBDP provides grants, loans, or other economic assistance to businesses for highly-competitive projects in Michigan that have fewer job creation numbers than required by the original MBDP guidelines.
“The decision by Fabric Building Covers to establish new operations in Michigan underscores our state’s leadership in advanced manufacturing as well as the strength of our business climate and talented workforce,” noted MEDC Senior Vice President of Regional Prosperity Matt McCauley. “This project is a win for West Michigan and for the entire state. We are grateful to Governor Whitmer, legislators from both parties, and local officials for their continued support for our programs that help make announcements like today’s possible. We appreciate the work of our local partners in supporting our efforts to create high-skill jobs for our residents, and will continue working to win projects, invest in places and support our people as we encourage businesses of all sizes to make it in Michigan.”
The city of Hudsonville has also offered a 50-percent property tax abatement in support of the project.
“We are thrilled that Fabric Builder Covers USA chose West Michigan’s lakeshore region for their first U.S. manufacturing location,” added Jennifer Owens, president of Lakeshore Advantage. “Our region’s skilled workforce and manufacturing leadership directly impacted this international company’s decision to select our region. We proudly welcome Fabric Builder Covers USA to our robust manufacturing community.
Fabric Building Covers USA Inc. is a subsidiary of Britespan Building Systems, a Canadian producer of fabric covers and manufactured metal buildings. The company manufactures steel buildings and fabric building covers and accessories.
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