A maker of automation systems opened a new facility in Holland that represents a more than $1 million investment and is expected to create 28 high-paying jobs in the next two years.
Holland-based JR Automation, a global systems integrator and wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi since its acquisition in 2019, recently purchased and on Dec. 2 opened a new 147,000-square-foot facility at 701 Waverly Road in Holland.
JR Automation now has 28 facilities across North America, Europe and Asia and employs over 2,000 people.
The team of 100 people who now work out of Waverly Road had been spread out across other facilities in Holland. The new facility will bring that full team under a single roof, allowing further capacity for large-scale projects, the company said.
JR Automation’s expansion of its operations in Holland represented a $1,075,595 capital investment and is expected to create 28 high-paying jobs in the area over the next two years, according to documents filed with the city of Holland.
“West Michigan and the talented people who choose to work at JR Automation are huge contributors to our continued success and expansion in the area,” said Craig Ulrich, CEO, JR Automation. “We are grateful to be part of this vibrant business community and appreciate the continued support from Lakeshore Advantage and the city of Holland as our roots here grow deeper. West Michigan is a great place to live and work, and we are excited to bring new job opportunities for those just joining the workforce and for experienced professionals.”
Lakeshore Advantage supported the expansion by catalyzing organizations and resources to help the company grow in Holland.
“JR Automation is a true example of a local success story. This company started in a pole barn, and now it has developed into one of the region’s major employers,” said Jennifer Owens, Lakeshore Advantage president. “The systems developed by the JR Automation team are sure to equip manufacturers throughout the world with efficiency and growth.”
The city of Holland supported the project with a 12-year industrial facilities tax exemption.
“We are proud to work with corporate partners like JR Automation,” said Holland Mayor Nathan Bocks. “This is a key investment and expansion in a location and building that has a rich history of success and innovation in the city and the world and will help provide a bright future for employees in the city of Holland.”
Founded in 1980, JR Automation is a provider of intelligent automated manufacturing and technology solutions designed to solve customers’ operational and productivity challenges.
JR Automation serves customers across the globe in a variety of industries, including automotive, life sciences and aerospace.