Today The Right Place, Inc. and Montcalm Economic Alliance (MEA), in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the City of Greenville, announced that West Michigan Compounding, LLC (WMC) will expand its plastics manufacturing operations at 1300 Moore St, Greenville, MI 48838. The company is expected to invest $6 million and create at least 33 full-time jobs.
WMC uses a reclamation process and state-of-the-art extrusion equipment to compound and recycle over 100 million pounds of plastic every year. The company was founded in 2005 and primarily serves the automotive industry. WMC has grown significantly over the past three years and now employs over 70 people in the area.
As part of this expansion, WMC will be adding over 41,000 square feet to its production floor, along with 3,600 square feet to the front office. This expansion will allow for additional capacity to meet the increased demand WMC has experienced recently.
“Our company continues to see impressive growth, and we are excited for what this expansion will mean for WMC’s future,” said Ashley Everin, Vice President, West Michigan Compounding. “Throughout this process, the Montcalm Economic Alliance and MEDC have been valuable partners as we move into this new phase of growth.”
The MEDC is supporting this growth with the approval of a $150,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. The Right Place and the Montcalm Economic Alliance worked in collaboration with the MEDC to ensure WMC continued to grow locally versus out-of-state possibilities.
“WMC has found its niche in the City of Greenville,” said Kathy Jo VanderLaan, Business Development Coordinator – Montcalm County, The Right Place, Inc. “In 2015 they extended their recycling efforts by purchasing the 400,000 square foot former Electrolux warehouse, and turning it into a growing plastic reclamation operation. We were delighted to partner with the MEDC to retain this innovative company as they continue to grow in Montcalm County.”
The City of Greenville is supportive of WMC’s growth and will consider a P.A. 198 tax abatement in support of the expansion.
“We are excited WMC has chosen to expand in the City of Greenville,” said George Bosanic, City Manager, City of Greenville. “WMC has been an excellent business partner within our community, and we look forward to their continued success.”