Defense Firm Brings 700 Jobs to Michigan

Loc Performance Products Building

Plymouth-based Loc Performance Products recently unveiled plans to invest up to $96.5 million in expanding a facility with more than 75,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The vacant plant was purchased last summer, having been previously used by equipment manufacturer Demmer Corporation.

The expansion is forecast to create 700 jobs – roughly 500 in Lansing and another 200 in Plymouth. The Michigan Strategic Fund awarded Loc Performance Products a $7 million performance-based grant for the creation of the jobs and the new investment. Part of the rationale for the grant is a belief that the expansion could bring other, similar manufacturing companies to the area.

The company Products has stated that the jobs will be filled over a five-year period in the areas of engineering, assembly, supply chain, quality control, and fabrication – including welding jobs that could comprise a majority of the open positions. An apprenticeship program will also be initiated, with participants earning $25/hour after completing three years of on-the-job training.

Loc Performance Products creates mechanical systems, fabricated structures, and armor products for defense and commercial industries. The company reportedly selected Michigan over Ohio and Pennsylvania due to the area's strong manufacturing workforce.


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