$9 million in business expansions bring 125 jobs to Michigan

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An electrical services firm and auto supplier are expanding business in Michigan.

Feyen Zylstra and MAHLE are expected to generate $9 million and create 125 jobs in Walker and St. Johns.

Feyen Zylstra is an electrical services firm that was founded in a garage in Walker in 1980. Since those humble beginnings it has grown to nearly 700 employees in seven locations around the United States, including four in Michigan.

The company has purchased a building three miles away from to its headquarters in the city of Walker. The investment of $5.3 million would also expand its technical workforce by 100 jobs. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in South Carolina and Tennessee.

“As the markets and industries we serve continue to grow and evolve, we intend to lead the market by offering the most innovative solutions,” said Feyen Zylstra CEO Nate Koetje.

MAHLE is based in Germany and one the largest worldwide auto suppliers. The company plans to shut down its Pennsylvania facility and relocate assembly to its location in St. Johns. The company also plans to bring a new line from the recently-acquired Brainbee which is currently located in Italy.

The project is expected to generate a total private investment of $2.9 million and create 25 jobs. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in Tennessee and Mexico.

“The decision by Feyen Zylstra and MAHLE to expand in Michigan rather than in other states underscores the strength of Michigan’s business environment and our talented workforce,” said Jeff Mason, CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

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