Hilite International is launching an expansion in Whitehall that is expected to create 108 jobs and generate a total private investment of $9.6 million.
Marktheidenfeld, Germany-based global automotive supplier Hilite International is expanding its operations at 2001 Peach St. in Whitehall with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) said Wednesday, Oct. 14.
The project is expected to generate a total private investment of $9.6 million and create 108 new jobs by 2022, the MEDC said.
Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Carrollton, Texas.
“Hilite’s expansion in Whitehall strengthens the company’s presence in West Michigan and brings good jobs for area residents,” said Josh Hundt, MEDC chief business development officer and executive vice president. “This is another signal that economic recovery efforts are having an impact, and we look forward to working with the company as it continues to grow in Michigan.”
Hilite International develops and produces components and systems aimed at reducing fuel consumption and exhaust gases and is working on future technologies such as e-mobility and thermal management.
The company has operated its Whitehall facility since 1989, and its customers include FCA, GM, Daimler and Allison.
Hilite plans to update its Whitehall operations by renovating and reconfiguring the facility to accommodate new office spaces, labs and conference rooms. The current office will be renovated to house a sediment testing laboratory and a new quality lab.
To secure the expansion in Michigan, MEDC awarded Hilite a $400,000 Jobs Ready Michigan performance-based grant.
The project aligns with MEDC’s strategic focus of supporting and growing businesses in the automotive industry and securing the state’s leadership in engineering, design and development, MEDC said. The company provides an intensive training and development program called Hilite University that allows employees to earn credit hours toward their goals. A majority of the jobs created as a result of this project will be entry-level positions, bringing new opportunities to area residents and offering a path to higher-wage jobs.
The Jobs Ready Michigan Program is designed to provide grants for business expansion and location projects that lead to job creation and investments in Michigan that have a demonstrated training need, particularly in pursuing new opportunities for high-tech, high-demand and high-wage jobs.
In addition to MSF support, the city of Whitehall will sell the company an adjacent 19.3-acre parcel of land necessary to accommodate the expansion for $1 and is supportive of a P.A. 198 property tax abatement.
Consumers Energy is supporting the project with in-kind staff assistance valued at $40,000.
Individuals interested in careers at Hilite can visit hilite.com/en/career.