Communities react to business expansions in Burton, Grand Blanc Township

The $23 million investment in Genesee County expected to bring 424 new jobs
The facility NorthGate will be using at 4137 Davison Rd. in Burton. Photos by Gary Gould

The facility NorthGate will be using at 4137 Davison Rd. in Burton. Photos by Gary Gould

LANSING — Two business expansion projects announced last week are expected to create 424 new jobs and generate a total private investment of $23 million in the county.

The projects at NorthGate in Burton and DAG Technologies, Inc. in Grand Blanc Township have received support from the Michigan Strategic Fund.

NorthGate is expected to bring 374 jobs to Burton, investing $13 million in the community. Meanwhile, auto supplier DAG Technology is establishing a new $10 million manufacturing facility in Grand Blanc Township.

NorthGate, a Flint Township-based packaging and supply chain services company, is expanding its operations and bringing new jobs to the area after signing a deal to open a consigned packaging and distribution center for Ford Motor Company.

This aftersales supply chain work will be housed in a 421,000-square-foot warehouse facility located at 4137 Davison Rd. in Burton.

NorthGate will handle the logistics associated with packaging, sorting, and distribution of aftermarket parts to Ford Motor Company part distribution centers and dealerships around the United States.

The DAG Technologies, Inc. facility located atr 10168 N Holly Rd., in Grand Blanc.

The DAG Technologies, Inc. facility located atr 10168 N Holly Rd., in Grand Blanc.

“This new work and facility will bring 150 jobs to Genesee County by year’s end, with an expectation that up to 300 or more employees will eventually be needed,” said George Wilkinson, NorthGate president. “These will be good-paying jobs at $13 to $20 per hour plus bonuses, with additional benefits after 90 days.”

The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of more than $13 million and create up to 374 jobs, supported by a $1 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen for the project over several competing sites in Ohio.

The project will foster job growth in a regional impact industry of logistics and will bring a large number of pathway jobs to a geographically disadvantaged area of the state. NorthGate offers numerous training opportunities to its employees and believes strongly on promotion from within.

Charles Abbey, director of the Burton Department of Public Works, said the city is pleased with the decision by NorthGate to lease the warehouse facility and to invest in the City of Burton.

“That’s $13 million worth of investment, initially, over there,” he said.

The Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance has offered to assist the company in finding candidates for the new positions.

“This is the type of business diversification and new employment opportunity we strive for and nurture here in the region,” stated Tim Herman, CEO of the Flint & Genesee Group. “NorthGate continues to showcase the economic vitality of Flint and Genesee County, sending a positive message to the world that this is a great place to establish and grow a business.”

Individuals interested in careers with NorthGate should visit careers/.

DAG Technology, Inc. is a subsidiary of DAG LTD. LLC, a global leader in decorative wheel trim supplying to automotive OEMs. The company currently has 25 employees at its headquarters facility in Sterling Heights, where it houses sales, engineering, quality, accounting, warehousing and logistics support.

DAG plans to begin onshoring its component manufacturing from its existing facilities in southern China at the request of its OEM customers. The company plans to establish this new manufacturing facility at a former Tier-1 supplier facility in Grand Blanc Township, where it will focus on assembly, paint and assemble, and injection molding. The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $10.06 million and create up to 50 jobs with the support of a $300,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant.

The project will help continue to grow the advanced manufacturing industry in the state and builds on the state’s work to capture a larger share of growth in the advanced materials industry. It also highlights Michigan’s strengths as a location for global companies looking to move manufacturing to the U.S.

Grand Blanc Township Supervisor Scott Bennett said the news about DAG Technologies is very exciting.

“We’re working on several other technology-based businesses,” said Bennett. “We’re meeting with developers weekly about coming here and building more businesses. It’s great to have (DAG Technologies) finalized and coming here.”

Grand Blanc Township is growing by leaps and bounds and quickly becoming the technology hub for mid- Michigan.

“We are the economic engine for Genesee County,” Bennett said. “One of things you look at, when you’re looking at how big or how strong a municipality is, is taxable value. We’re at about $1.8 billion in taxable value. The next is Fenton Township, and they’re at about $800 million. So, the next (greatest) is about half the size of Grand Blanc Township. We grow by at least $50 million per year in taxable value.”

Through that growth, township officials continue to focus on quality of life for residents.

“We’re trying to get rid of the hurdles for businesses to come here, but we want to make sure we have a great qualify of life,” Bennett said.

Individuals interested in careers with DAG Technology should contact Lindsay Rivenburgh at By View Staff