Kalamazoo, Mich. — Newell Brands Inc., the housewares and consumer products giant, plans to invest $7.3 million to expand its 40,000-square-foot design and testing facility in Kalamazoo, at Western Michigan University's Business Technology and Research Park.
Company officials said Newell needs to expand because it purchased Jarden Corp. last year, and picked up additional product lines. Sandy Springs, Ga.-based Newell bought Rubbermaid Inc. in 1999.
The expanded Newell facility in Kalamazoo will create 87 jobs, according to Southwest Michigan First, an organization of privately funded economic development advisers that promotes the region.
The state has awarded Newell a $1.48 million Michigan Business Development grant. Also, Kalamazoo has offered 12-year tax abatements valued at $1.5 million.
"The decision by Newell Brands to expand in southwest Michigan vs. other global centers shows the value its leadership team places on our region as a hub for design talent," said Ron Mitchens, senior partner at Southwest Michigan First.
Newell Brands reported 2016 sales of $13.26 billion.