Auto supplier Gentex Corp.'s drive to find employees has seen it add Spanish-language shifts and begin building an on-site child care program. Now it's adding a new manufacturing site closer to potential employees' homes so those workers won't face a long and expensive commute.
Gentex currently has all of its production in the small town of Zeeland, Mich. By opening a satellite production facility in Grand Rapids — about 30 miles east of Zeeland — it hopes to tap into a larger employee base, the company said in a news release.
Gentex is a Tier 1 supplier of mirrors and electronics to the auto industry. The Grand Rapids plant will handle subassembly components for HomeLink, an integrated system for operating garage doors and other home automation devices that is built into mirror system housings.
"Rising transportation costs make commuting increasingly difficult, so if Gentex wants to recruit employees from Grand Rapids, we need to be here," said Gentex President and CEO Steve Downing.