Mitchell Plastics to build $20.5 million parts plant near Detroit
DETROIT -- Canadian auto supplier Mitchell Plastics plans to invest $20.5 million to build a plant north of Detroit in Sterling Heights, Mich., a move that will create 122 jobs, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. said.
The Kitchener, Ont.-based company plans to build a 200,000-square-foot operation for the production of automotive interior parts at the site of a former golf course. The 144-acre site can accommodate build-to-suit manufacturing buildings up to 1 million square feet on 2 or more acres.
Mitchell Plastics got its start in 1997 as Ultra Manufacturing Ltd. The company designs and develops automotive interior mechanisms and decorative components. According to the MEDC, the company has grown by 75 percent in the past five years and has 2,200 employees throughout Ontario, Alabama, Indiana, Germany and Mexico, as well as at a sales and engineering office near Sterling Heights in Troy, Mich.
It is expanding its headquarters in Kitchener as well.
Mitchell Plastics on Wednesday won a $427,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund, a division of MEDC. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in Ontario, where it already has a significant production base, and Charlestown, Ind., where its current plant has room to support the increased production. The MEDC said the grant was needed to help offset the costs to build a new facility.
"Mitchell Plastics' expansion in Michigan rather than other locations means well-paying jobs for Michigan residents and underscores the strength of the talent in the state's automotive sector," said Steve Arwood, CEO of the MEDC, in a news release.
The city of Sterling Heights has offered Mitchell Plastics a property tax abatement.