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Thomson Plastic's Howell Township facility.

With support from Ann Arbor SPARK, Thomson Plastics, Inc. is expanding to Michigan, with a new manufacturing operation in Howell Township. As part of establishing its facility in Howell Township – its first in Michigan – Thomson Plastics plans to create 46 new jobs and invest nearly $4 million over two years.

“Thomson Plastics’ decision to operate in Howell was due to the easy access to local expressway, and central location for major regions of automotive manufacturing in Michigan,” said Rick Kibbey, president and chief operating officer, Thomson Plastics. “In addition, the factory selected is in very good condition and has helped Thomson minimize launch costs.”

Ann Arbor SPARK assisted Thomson Plastics, an injection-molding company headquartered in Thomson, Ga., in applying for local incentives. In support of its new plant, Howell Township awarded Thomson Plastics, which serves the industrial and automotive markets, a 50 percent property tax abatement on their new investment.

Ann Arbor SPARK also helped the company coordinate with Michigan Works! and Mott Community College.  The company is planning to participate in the Michigan New Jobs Training program that provides on the job training to new hires.

“Thomson Plastics chose to locate in Howell Township because of the manufacturing talent that it could hire here, ensuring it could quickly ramp up operations,” said Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. “Michigan’s unmatched manufacturing expertise is a real asset for attracting and growing companies like Thomson Plastics.”