2 companies bring 114 jobs to GR area

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The Right Place, Inc. has announced two Grand Rapids-area companies are expanding, resulting in more than new 100 jobs.

The regional economic development organization made the announcement Wednesday about Byron Township-based Flow-Rite Controls, Ltd. and Celia Corp. in Sparta, according to a release.

In Byron Township, Flow-Rite Controls is making a $6 million investment over the next 3 years, which includes 64 new jobs, The Right Place said.

The business, located at 960 74th Street, makes fluid control devices for lead acid batteries and other uses, the release said. Through a $224,000 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, or MEDC, the business will add square footage to its facility with new technology and manufacturing improvements.

In Sparta, Celia Corp., which is known as General Formulations, will invest more than $4 million to bring 50 new jobs over the next 3 years.

The business, which is headquartered at 309 South Union St. NW and makes materials for things like decals, signs and labels, is receiving a $233,000 grant from the MEDC, The Right Place said. The grant will allow for increased production efficiency.

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