Rubber parts maker building $8.3M plant


Courtesy Vail Rubber Works

A manufacturer of rubber parts plans to build a new $8.3-million plant in the region.

St. Joseph-based Vail Rubber Works will construct a 68,550-square-foot manufacturing facility and create 10 jobs, according to Cornerstone Alliance, a Benton Harbor-based economic development organization.

The new facility will be at 130 W. Glenlord Rd. in Royalton Township, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, or MEDC.

Vail Rubber Works has experienced increased sales and has an opportunity for significant growth over the next decade, due to a significant increase in demand from the auto industry, MEDC said.

The company also intends to move some of its production capabilities from its Ohio facility to the St. Joseph area.

Construction is set to begin in April and be completed by March 2020. 

Benton Harbor-based Pearson Construction is the contractor on the project.

The MEDC approved a 6-mill state education tax exemption valued at $314,000.

Royalton Township approved the creation of an Industrial Development District and granted a 12-year tax abatement for the new building. 

Vail Rubber Works

Founded in 1892, Vail Rubber designs, manufactures, refurbishes and maintains rubber covers for metal, paper and industrial rolls, which are used in manufacturing.

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