City commissioners awarded an auto-parts maker a 12-year industrial tax exemption last week to help the company construct a new plant.
The Paulstra CRC Corp. at 460 Fuller Ave. NE intends to invest $850,000 into a 26,000-square-foot building that will contain four new truck docks, a climate-controlled room, safe storage space for chemicals, and a receiving space for components and raw materials.
To make room for the new structure, Paulstra will demolish its current 13,000-square-foot receiving building.
“The new building will allow Paulstra to increase their production capacity by taking advantage of space that is currently difficult to access and is underutilized on their campus. The estimated hard cost of construction is $850,000,” said Kara Wood, city economic development director.
Paulstra primarily makes engine, transmission and suspension mounts and employs 210 workers. No new jobs will be created from the construction project, but company executives said the new and larger space will result in the firm making more purchases with local vendors.
Paulstra is a member of the Hutchinson Group, a French firm that employs more than 2,200 people worldwide.
“In addition to its manufacturing operation, the Grand Rapids facility contains the North American Tech Center and full prototyping and test laboratories,” said Wood.
The exemption will save Paulstra almost $8,700 a year in state and local taxes for those dozen years. The city’s exempted portion comes to $1,650 annually.
“It’s a good investment for the city,” said Mayor George Heartwell. “It’s a good company.”