February 16th, 2024

NCEDP assists G-M Wood Products with Newaygo expansion

Wood components supplier to add 25 jobs, invest $8.67 million to expand location in Newaygo

Advanced Manufacturing Newaygo County Business Development Projects

Today, the Newaygo County Economic Development Partnership (NCEDP), powered by The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), announced that wood components supplier G-M Wood Products will be expanding their facility in Newaygo. The company plans to add 25 new jobs and $8,675,000 million in capital investment.

G-M Wood Products, founded in 1987 as a manufacturer of small components around door handles, now manufactures patented door frame components and wood door frames in a multitude of sizes. The company currently has 139 employees in Michigan.

GMWP is experiencing significant growth and plans to construct a 25,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its existing operations in Newaygo. This will allow the company to bring some manufacturing processes currently being done out of state and overseas in-house, allowing for better product control, decreased production times, and reduced production costs.

“G-M Wood Products, being an industry leader in the manufacturing of millwork and entry door components with facilities in Michigan as well as Georgia, is excited to continue growing our Newaygo, Michigan campus,” said G-M Wood Products Vice President Kevin Karrip. “We are bringing a new technology on site that we were previously sourcing from out of state and overseas. We firmly believe that the value of automated USA manufacturing will continue to increase over the coming years. Considering the partnership with the state of Michigan, combined with the incredibly hardworking employees of our West Michigan community, we are left with no doubt that Newaygo is the right choice for G-M Wood Products to continue to grow.”

GMWP offers training opportunities to upskill its employees and provides opportunities for growth from within. The company plans to work with Michigan Works! to secure local talent. The project will bring immediate advanced manufacturing jobs to the area and will position the company for future growth and investment in Michigan.

The NCEDP worked closely with the MEDC to ensure the company continued its growth in the region rather than its current operations in Georgia. They assisted by coordinating state and local resources, including helping obtain a 50-percent property tax abatement in support of the project from the city of Newaygo.

“We are thrilled to work with the team at G-M Wood Products, providing the resources they need to expand their operations in Michigan,” said Julie Burrell, Senior Economic Development Director of NCEDP and project lead. “They continue to be a great community partner and are a key driver of the continued growth in Newaygo County.”

"G-M Wood Products has been a great asset to the community,” said Newaygo City Manager Jon Schneider. “We are excited to support them in their continued efforts to expand their business.”