Proos hiring 50 as part of $5.7M expansion

Inside Proos Manufacturing. (Courtesy The Right Place, Inc. - March 12, 2014)
Inside Proos Manufacturing. (Courtesy The Right Place, Inc. - March 12, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A multimillion dollar expansion at Proos Manufacturing is expected to bring 50 new jobs to Grand Rapids.

Proos Manufacturing, a metal fabrication and stamping operation headquartered on Michigan Street NE, already employs 83 people in the Grand Rapids area, according to a Wednesday release from economic development agency The Right Place, Inc.

Now, Proos will invest $5.7 million to renovate its Oak Industrial Drive facility, south of I-196. That will add 50 new jobs, though it’s not yet clear when hiring will begin.

Proos is getting a $200,000 grant from the Michigan Business Development Program, which was approved Wednesday, as part of a $715,000 incentive package that is making the expansion possible.

The expansion is part of a three-year strategic growth plan that The Right Place announced in January. That plan focuses on five growth industries for West Michigan, one of which was smart manufacturing.

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