An Italian manufacturer of boat and RV furniture will bring its North American headquarters and 130 jobs to suburban Grand Rapids, Mich.
The Michigan Strategic Fund on Sept. 20 approved a $750,000 performance-based grant for Bologna, Italy-based Tecnoform SpA, to establish its American home base in Cascade Township.
The project, which represents a $7.3 million investment, is Tecnoform's first North American location, will add 130 jobs to the area, already home to several West Michigan furniture manufacturers.
Technoform uses 3D printing, polypropylene, PET and other materials in its products, including more sustainable options using post-consumer PET foam.
The Right Place — the economic development organization overseeing greater Grand Rapids — connected the company with the MEDC and local resources to incentivize Tecnoform choosing West Michigan over competing sites in Indiana and Iowa.
West Michigan Works! and Grand Rapids Community College will support the project with a workforce training package.
The company has leased an existing facility and is starting to move in.