Two companies spending $1.4M to expand in Jamestown Township

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Exterior of MFP Automation Engineering. Courtesy Lakeshore Advantage

MFP Automation Engineering and Sprinkles Donut Shop received tax abatements Monday for their expansion projects in Jamestown Charter Township.

Hudsonville-based MFP Automation Engineering and Sprinkles Donut Shop on Tuesday, June 21, said they are expanding in Jamestown Charter Township, representing a total private investment of over $1.4 million in a move expected to create at least 15 jobs over the next three years.

Jamestown Charter Township is supporting both projects in the form of two 12-year industrial facilities tax exemptions approved Monday, June 20.

Lakeshore Advantage, the economic development agency that supports Allegan and Ottawa counties, connected them to local and state resources to support their expansions.

“Both MFP Automation Engineering and Sprinkles Donut Shop are great examples of our strong business community in West Michigan,” said Jennifer Owens, president of Lakeshore Advantage. “Congratulations to these companies on their expansions and thank you to Jamestown Charter Township for being a great partner in company growth and job creation.”

MFP Automation Engineering, a fluid power and automation company, is investing $824,013 in a 10,000-square-foot expansion of warehousing and office space at its existing facility. The expansion will create five new jobs.

“Needing to build an expansion for our current facility is a wonderful problem to have. With this new warehouse addition, MFP will be able to better track and store inventory, manage manufacturing projects, and hire three to five additional team members. We could not be more excited for this new expansion,” said Roger Betten, president and owner of MFP Automation Engineering.

“Our end goal in adding on to our existing structure is always customer-first focused. In this case, MFP will have the expanded capabilities to offer more project creation at the same time, including power units, automation, panel assembly, lubrication and custom manifolds.”

The future location of Sprinkles Donut Shop’s central kitchen. Courtesy Lakeshore Advantage

Sprinkles Donut Shop, a family-owned bakery, is investing $606,998 in a new 10,919-square-foot industrial kitchen location. The expansion will create 10 new jobs directly and is expected to lead indirectly to the creation of another 100 jobs in the region.

“The entire Sprinkles Donut Shop team is deeply appreciative of the support we have received from Lakeshore Advantage and … Jamestown Charter Township,” said Gary VanderStelt, owner and president of Sprinkles Donut Shop.

“The new central kitchen located at 3453 Quincy St. in Ottawa County will enable Sprinkles to fulfill new wholesale business with multiple national brands, including a Michigan-based business shipping to 26 states, as well as exporting and co-packing over 200,000 donuts a month. The new kitchen will allow us to meet both wholesale and retail opportunities, create new jobs and continue our rich family history of providing the best product in western Michigan and beyond.”

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is supporting Sprinkles Donut Shop with a $60,000 Food and Agriculture Investment Fund grant approved in November.

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