Manufacturing is good for the local economy

The recent announcement of a new plastics manufacturer consolidating with a Spring Lake Township company is great news for Northwest Ottawa County's economy.
Dec 19, 2013


Kudos to area economic leaders for helping make this come together. 

According to David Miller, economic developer for the local Chamber of Commerce, the move will bolster the local operation with 71 new jobs with $7 million in new investment.  The new company will be bringing new technology and capabilities to the local operation.

These accomplishments don’t come easily, and we shouldn’t minimize the level of significance this has locally. People behind the scenes are making things like this happen, and they should be applauded. Success of this kind will breed other success, and our industrial base that is so important to our local economy will flourish.

It’s easy to get excited when we see a new retailer build on a busy corner in town.  While that development is important for our community to grow, it’s the manufacturing sector that provides the good jobs to keep people spending money.

As the southeast part of the state becomes more aggressive in luring new manufacturers with inexpensive real estate opportunities, we need to support local leaders and hope they can offer the necessary incentives to make interested companies consider this part of the state. 

A skilled workforce, quality schools and life on Lake Michigan are all part of the equation — but it has to make economic sense, too.

We’re hopeful that local leaders have the tools they need to make this happen. If they do, we’ll all win.

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I work for Automatic Spring Products in the plant. They have been hiring as well and are a great Christian company who cares about their people.

Say no to new taxes

We use to take raw materials and turn them into value added goods, which provided good paying, head of household jobs. This "service economy" has been a total failure, driving down wages and benefits while stripping away the wealth of the middle class.
Pitting one state against another in recruiting new business is not the answer, we need a Federal policy that encourages manufacturing in the U.S. instead of overseas. Fair trade, not free trade is the answer. Our products are shut out of to many markets overseas, while our competitors are allowed to dump products here below cost to keep their economy's going. That has to stop, no if's, but's, or and's.


"We’re hopeful that local leaders have the tools they need to make this happen. If they do, we’ll all win".

About 30 years too late, but hey, better late than never I guess.


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