GNS America manufactures 15 automotive jobs with plant expansion


GNS America was granted tax exemptions by Holland Charter Township to encourage the auto supplier to expand its metal-stamping plant. Courtesy Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals

Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals has nearly completed a 30,000 square foot jobs-creating addition at auto industry supplier GNS America in Holland Charter Township.

The expansion of the metal auto parts stamping plant is expected to create 15 new jobs and boost GNS America’s sales by $10 million annually.

The addition will house equipment and assemblies for the highly specialized hot-stamping process that makes steel stronger and lighter.

The new investment will give GNS America more space for manufacturing and tooling, and the project should be complete by the end of February, according to Elzinga & Volkers.

“It has been a pleasure working with GNS America,” said Mike Novakoski, president and CEO of Elzinga & Volkers. “We have created a wonderful working relationship with the GNS team and value our camaraderie and interest in building future projects together.”

GNS America is a division of GNS Automotive in Korea.

GNS opened its Holland Charter Township facility, at 13341 Quincy St., in 2009 after purchasing the assets of a financially troubled West Michigan manufacturing company that specialized in metal stamping, weld assembly and tool and die design, construction and repair.

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Many employees from the former company were retained by GNS America after the sale, according to the GNS website.

Don Komejan, Holland Charter Township manager, said GNS America was granted PA 198 tax exemptions last year to encourage the new investment. The building expansion cost $1.8 million, and the investment in new machinery and equipment was planned to be $2,018,000, for a total investment of more than $3.8 million.

In making the tax exemption request, GNS America told township officials it expected to add 15 employees to the 76 it already had.

“I think they’re getting quite far along” with those plans, said Komejan.

Randy Thelen, president of the Lakeshore Advantage economic development agency based in Zeeland, described GNS America as a “great company" in an email to the Business Journal.

GNS "bought a distressed company, stabilized it, brought in new technology, added new customers, and have tripled employment (nearing 100 people now),” Thelen said.

Elzinga & Volkers, with headquarters in Holland, provides construction management services to clients nationwide.

The company, founded in 1945, specializes in construction management and consulting services for industries including senior living, health care, manufacturing and food processing.

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