Electronics manufacturer plans 110 jobs, $2.45M expansion


Grand Rapids-based Fistronic is a contract electronics manufacturer. Courtesy The Right Place

There will soon be 110 new manufacturing jobs in West Michigan.

Contract electronics manufacturer Firstronic plans to create 110 jobs and invest $2.45 million in “building renovation, machinery and equipment” at its 35,000-square-foot factory in Grand Rapids, at 1655 Michigan St., according to The Right Place.

Firstronic, which has a special focus on medical device manufacturing, has 68 employees in Grand Rapids.

The new jobs, expected to be full-time with benefits, will be for a range of skilled positions, including engineers, technicians, entry-level electronic assembly operators and skilled hand solderers.

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The regional economic development nonprofit The Right Place helped drive the project with the state’s marketing arm, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and the city.

“This expansion will allow us to add both capacity and equipment to keep up with our growing business and customer demand,” said Firstronic CEO John Sammut. “We are grateful to The Right Place, MEDC and city of Grand Rapids for trusting in our vision and assisting in our growth in Grand Rapids.”

The company has been awarded a $300,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant for its expansion.

The city of Grand Rapids is showing support for the grant by offering a local tax abatement.

“Firstronic’s high-tech electronic manufacturing capabilities are an important part of the medical device industry we are developing here in West Michigan,” said Birgit Klohs, president and CEO of The Right Place. “As part of our five-year strategic plan, we are committed to building world-class medical device companies and capabilities in the region.”

The Right Place said Wednesday that it has generated $51.3 million in capital investment in West Michigan in 2013, assisting in the creation and retention of 1,355 jobs.

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