Outman applauds Greenville economic development grant

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, on Friday congratulated Aquest Machining on receiving a Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) incentive to support an expansion at their current operation in Greenville.

“This is great news for Montcalm County,” Outman said. “Lawmakers have worked to carefully put in place policies that spur economic growth and bring jobs to communities all across the state. It’s been a long road since the recession, but announcements like this and investments in our communities are what we need to keep coming back strong.”

Aquest Machining cuts and machines aluminum extrusions of all grades, sizes and profiles for the curtain wall and storefront industry. The company has expanded its capabilities and upgraded technology, processes and machinery — including the ability to work with a variety of materials such as steel, plastics, stainless steel, copper and brass.

The company is experiencing continued growth and plans to expand into sheet metal fabrication to accommodate parts for marine and recreational vehicles. The plan will include a 7,500-square-foot expansion at its existing facility in the city of Greenville.

The expansion will involve the creation of 12 new jobs and a total capital investment of $1.3 million, resulting in a $60,000 Michigan Business Development Program grant. The city of Greenville has offered a 50% property tax abatement in support of the project.

Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Indiana.

“As our comeback continues, more companies are choosing Michigan for their operations and expansions,” Outman said. “I commend the city of Greenville for facilitating this development and I will continue to look out for Michigan residents and support business-friendly policies that focus on getting people back to work and keeping families here in our state.”

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