Local auto parts plant to expand

A company's decision to bring in high-tech equipment and move operations from a South Carolina plant to its Spring Lake-area facility is expected to produce 15 new jobs.
Marie Havenga
Feb 14, 2013


As part of the move, Supreme Machined Products Co., 18686 172nd Ave., requested a $6 million industrial facilities tax abatement from Spring Lake Township. It will save the company about $190,000 over the abatement's 12 years, according to Township Manager Gordon Gallagher.

The Township Board unanimously approved the exemption request this week to cover the high-tech robotic automotive manufacturing equipment.

Corey Bailey, plant manager for Supreme Machined Products, said he expects to hire 13 new hourly employees and two salaried positions when the new equipment is in place.

“We're growing very fast,” said Bailey of the production of automotive direct-injection fuel system components. “We have the market cornered on that right now.”

The company also produces shift levers and other automotive goods.

Supreme Machined Products' chief financial officer, Bruce Rice, said closing the South Carolina plant was a difficult decision, but things are going well for the company in Spring Lake Township.

“We just didn't have a strong commercial reason to have a facility in South Carolina anymore,” he said.

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