Manufacturer spending $6.1M to expand in Whitehall

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Tom and Sarah Swiatek. Courtesy Fusion Fluid Equipment

A maker of fluid blending equipment for a variety of industries is planning to double its footprint and workforce in Whitehall.

Fusion Fluid Equipment is planning to invest $6.1 million to more than double the size of its 42,000-square-foot facility at 8555 Silver Creek Road in Whitehall to 94,000 square feet in a move that will create 35 high-skilled production and engineering jobs over the next three years, thereby doubling its employee base, according to Greater Muskegon Economic Development (GMED) on Monday, April 18.

GMED said Whitehall Township approved its first 12-year industrial facilities tax abatement in many years to support the project.

Fusion Fluid manufactures fluid blending equipment for industries including pharma, biopharma, green energy, personal care, food and beverage, waste treatment, industrial manufacturing, oil and gas, and mining.

CEO Tom Swiatek said the company has been experiencing rapid growth and knew it soon would run out of room at its current location.

“We grew by nearly 30% last year and expect to see similar growth in 2022,” he said. “We considered doing this expansion in phases, but with current construction lead times and material costs continuing to rise, we decided it would be less expensive in the long run to do the full expansion now.”

Morgan Carroll, GMED director of business development, said all parties worked well together to make the exemption happen.

“This is a great example of how public and private entities can combine efforts to grow our region’s economy and improve the quality of life for everyone,” Caroll said.

Whitehall Township Supervisor Arnie Erb said the project will have “a significant impact” on the White Lake community.

“Our purpose is to help local businesses prosper, especially companies like Fusion Fluid that continue to invest in the White Lake area,” he said. “This is a win-win for all parties. The approval of this tax abatement will allow them to move forward with their expansion, and we’re confident that the ripple effects of adding high-skilled, high-paying jobs will be felt here for years to come.”

Fusion Fluid was founded in 2009 by Swiatek and his wife, Sarah Swiatek. The couple said their success is a result of creating a safe environment where employees share in the profitability of the company. Their goal is to eventually become an employee stock ownership plan organization.

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