Auto supplier Agapé Plastics Inc. has launched a nearly $3.9 million expansion that will add employees, manufacturing space and as many as six new presses.
The Grand Rapids-based injection molder already has three new, 300-ton presses with vertical shuttles, with a fourth set to arrive within a month, said President David Cornelius in a Feb. 8 telephone interview. Agapé may bring in two more presses.
The work also will include a $1.6 million expansion of its facility and an expected addition of 25 employees to its current workforce of 205.
Agapé expects to have all of the work done by July 2007, Cornelius said.
The company insert molds functional parts such as air-bag components, bumper attachments and assembled gear-shift levers. Within four to six weeks, its engineering department can create a prototype component using insert molding that can replace an all-metal part.
About 35 percent of its work is direct to automakers, with the rest going to a range of other auto suppliers, Cornelius said.