Manufacturer moving operation


TGW Systems' plant property on Mount Garfield Road in North Shores. Courtesy TGW Systems

A logistics and supply chain technology company will double its space by moving its U.S. manufacturing operation to another site in the region.

TGW Systems, which is part of Wels, Austria-based TGW Logistics Group, said today it is planning to move its plant from 6870 Grand Haven Rd. in Norton Shores to 1300 E. Mount Garfield Rd. in Norton Shores.

TGW is in the process of purchasing the 170,000-square-foot facility from Munich-based Wacker Neuson and will move production there later this year.

“With the acquisition of this facility, we will double the size of our U.S.A. manufacturing footprint and also have capacity for further expansion,” said Alex Ruch, director of HR, TGW Systems.

Ruch said the company does not have a set number of employees it plans to hire at the larger manufacturing facility, but it will look for those opportunities as sales demand grows.

The Business Journal reported last week Wacker Neuson announced it will shutter production at the site in April and move out in July, shifting the operation to Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

Ruch said TGW needs to move, because it has been “in constant growth mode” over the past several years.

“At our site in Norton Shores right now, we are bursting at the seams and are at capacity,” Ruch said. “We’ve grown 35 to 40 percent in the last year and need a new site for our manufacturing footprint.”

TGW has another West Michigan location at 3001 Orchard Vista Dr. SE in Grand Rapids, which houses administrative and other support functions.

That facility will remain in place.

“We are keeping the Grand Rapids site and expanding that facility as well,” Ruch said. “We’ve been in constant expansion mode in Grand Rapids. We have a rented office building. And earlier this summer, we were on the third floor, and now we have the first floor as well.”

TGW has about 350 West Michigan employees, Ruch said.

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