Today The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with Cascade Township, announced that ADAC Automotive will be expanding its operations in Cascade Township. The new eight-acre corporate campus on Eagle Drive, SE will result in the creation of 50 new jobs and a capital investment of over $20 million over the next three years.
ADAC is a Tier 1 auto-supplier that has grown into a leading global manufacturer of automotive parts. The company was founded in the Grand Rapids area in 1975 and employs over 1,200 people in West Michigan. They design innovative solutions for inside and outside handles, next generation passive entry and electronics integration, exterior mirrors, body side moldings, fuel doors, rear upper spoilers, and rear access systems.
As part of this expansion, ADAC is shifting its focus to new products within the automotive mobility environment, including the development and manufacturing of electronic components. To accommodate this growth, the company will be building a new 56,000 square foot headquarters near its existing facility at 5670 Eagle Dr SE in Cascade Township. It will also expand its current Eagle Drive facility at 5716 Eagle Dr SE by 24,000 square feet. Ultimately, the goal of the expansion is to have all Grand Rapids personnel located within one eight-acre campus.
“This new combined location will open new doors of innovation and collaboration for ADAC,” said ADAC President & CEO Jim Teets. “We thank The Right Place for their continued support, providing the strategic assistance we needed to make this project happen in West Michigan.”
The Right Place worked in collaboration with the company and MEDC to ensure ADAC continued its growth West Michigan versus other states. The Right Place also connected ADAC to workforce development resources at West Michigan Works! to assist with worker training.
“Retaining strategic operations like ADAC’s R&D and headquarters are essential to our region’s long-term economic health,” said Jen Wangler, Business Development Manager, The Right Place, Inc. and project lead. “Facilities like these create the knowledge-based jobs that will drive innovation and product development in West Michigan.”
Cascade Township is supportive of ADAC’s continued growth, and has approved a P.A. 198 tax abatement in support of both the expansion and new headquarters facility.
“ADAC has been an outstanding business partner in our community for decades and continues to support Cascade with new investments,” said Rob Beahan, Township supervisor. “On behalf of the Township board and the community, we are proud to acknowledge the economic investment ADAC is making in Cascade with the approval of two IFT agreements. We look forward to its continued success and are proud to be the community ADAC calls home.”