Byron business is seeing remarkable growth
by Tim Disselkoen
Monday June 02, 2008, 3:09 PM
Flow-Rite Controls is selling more in Japan and Australia. They also are adding two new product lines in the near future.
The company, 960 74th Street SW in Byron Township, is looking to invest more than $6.2 million, and more than doubling the size of its two-year-old building.
"We were excited when they decided to locate in Byron," said Township Clerk Joel Hondorp. "We're even more excited they decided to grow here."
The growth not only retains 40 jobs, but could possible double the workforce. That means more jobs, more employees who spend money at local merchants, and greater stability for the tax base.
President Dan Campau said the company manufactures a single-point watering system for industrial batteries, but is also moving into tire-pressure monitoring helping fleets meet the federal TREAD act. This quick expansion has become necessary.
"We've grown so fast we want to do it again," Campau said. "We continue to see that progressing in the future. Long term, I suspect we'll be pushing 100 employees in the next couple of years."
This 48,750-square-foot addition to the existing 47,000-square-foot facility helps the company meet that growth projection and add necessary equipment to meet new market challenges.
Campau said the company builds all its own tools, handles injection molding, and performs assembly, which helps meet the highest quality standards and keep the "Made in the USA" moniker alive and well.
The expansion is expected to be completed by May 2009, with all equipment in place by the end of 2010.
Township board members voted unanimously to grant a tax abatement to Flow-Rite. And the fact that they exceeded their expectations so quickly last time has township officials excited about future prospects.
"They've been a great business and they're growing," said Trustee Paul Nevins. "They brought in more employees than they said they were going to."
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