Global Manufacturer Creates 25 Jobs With $ 36 Million Expansion Of Kent County Plant

SPARTA, MI – A $ 36 million expansion of a manufacturing plant in Sparta is expected to create 25 local jobs.

This is the second multi-million dollar expansion of the facility in recent years.

The Right Place announced this week the expansion of Tesa Tape, a global adhesive manufacturer headquartered in Germany.

Tesa Tape said it has decided to expand the Sparta plant, 324 S. Union St., to increase its production and presence in North America. It was the company’s first operation outside of Europe when it opened in 1982.

The Sparta plant currently employs 125 people to produce adhesive tapes and self-adhesive system solutions for industrial and professional use. The expansion will be built on an adjacent sports field on South Union Street.

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“The huge investment in our Tesa factory in Sparta is a big step towards being able to offer customers in important industrial sectors – such as the automotive and construction industries – more sustainable self-adhesive technologies and products. and innovative, ”said a statement from Daniel Germain, Tesa Tape North America Regional Director.

Tesa Tape employs 5,000 people worldwide.

The Right Place, a Grand Rapids-based economic development organization, worked with Tesa Tape, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the Village of Sparta to secure investment locally rather than out of state. , according to a press release.

“Tesa’s decision to expand into Grand Grand Rapids is a prime example of the region’s status as a globally competitive business destination,” said Olivia Lanctot, Business Development Coordinator and Head of The Right Place project.

Sparta officials have approved a tax deduction to support the project. It is also awaiting support from MEDC.

Tesa Tape seeks $ 450,000 from the Michigan Strategic Fund, according to to an agenda for the April board meeting.

A statement from Sparta Village Director Shay Gallagher said Tesa Tape is a key employer for the community and the investment will be “a great boost to our local economy”.

The company had already built a $ 20 million extension of the Sparta plant in 2016. It also operates the Tesa Automotive Solution Center in Novi and a North American warehouse in Walker.

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