KITCHENER — Mitchell Plastics is building a new technical centre and corporate headquarters in an expansion that's expected to create 40 jobs over the next three years.
The company produces interior mechanisms and decorative components for the automotive industry, and is headquartered on Washburn Drive in the Huron Business Park in Kitchener.
Construction is underway on the new 65,000-square foot facility, which will stand next to the existing plant. It should be completed by February.
"We are very excited to be expanding here in Waterloo Region," chief executive officer Joe D'Angelo said in a news release. "Our continued growth is a testament to the passion and innovation of all of our team members. They will continue to be the key to our future success."
The company said it plans to expand its design and engineering staff once the new centre is complete.
Mitchell Plastics is a division of Ultra Manufacturing Ltd. and employs more than 2,200 people at plants in Kitchener, Waterloo, Indiana, Alabama and Mexico, and sales offices in Michigan and Germany.
The news release said the company has run out of space at the current Washburn Drive facility. The new centre will be home to product development and some corporate functions.
The tier-one automotive supplier Mitchell Plastics will invest $20.5 million to build a facility in Sterling Heights, a move that will create 122 jobs, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced Wednesday.
The Ontario-based company plans to build a 200,000-square-foot manufacturing facility for the production of automotive interior parts at the former Sunnybrook Golf & Bowling Inc. site at 17 Mile and Van Dyke roads. The 144-acre site can accommodate build-to-suit manufacturing buildings up to 1 million square feet on 2 or more acres. The development is expected to include two new hotels.
Mitchell Plastics got its start in 1997 as Ultra Manufacturing Ltd. The company designs and develops automotive interior mechanisms and decorative components. According to the MEDC, the company has grown by 75 percent in the past five years and has 2,200 employees throughout Ontario, Alabama, Indiana, Germany and Mexico, as well as at a sales and engineering office in Troy.
Mitchell Plastics on Wednesday won a $427,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund, a division of MEDC. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in Ontario, where it already has a significant production base, and Charlestown, Ind., where its current facility has room to support the increased production. The MEDC said the grant was needed to help offset the costs to build a new facility.
"Mitchell Plastics' expansion in Michigan rather than other locations means well-paying jobs for Michigan residents and underscores the strength of the talent in the state's automotive sector," said Steve Arwood, CEO of the MEDC, in a news release.
The city of Sterling Heights has offered Mitchell Plastics a property tax abatement.
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Mitchell Plastics is a leading tier one supplier of automotive interior mechanisms and decorative components.
As a full service supplier we provide our customers with concept, design, and development services as well as full product testing and validation.
Our broad array of in house manufacturing capabilities allows Mitchell Plastics to provide unparalleled vertical integration so that we can provide our customers best in class product cost and quality.
The passion for product and process innovation is part of our culture. Every one of our 2200 team members is part of this process. It is this passion that keeps our team engaged to exceed our customers’ expectations. – less