CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. - A Chinese manufacturer of office furniture components will invest $4.9 million in a new manufacturing plant in West Michigan that will employ 122 workers. Jiecang Linear Motion Technology Co., operating in the United States as J-Star Motion Corp., will locate the plant in Cedar Springs, Michigan. 

Manufacturing at the plant is slated to begin by mid-2018. The company said the facility will support J-Star's American business growth, which centers on making linear motion and lifting systems for the office furniture industry.  J-Star opened an office and warehouse facilities in nearby Kent, Michigan, in May 2017 and has its U.S. headquarters in Southern California.

The Aug. 30 announcement was made by Western Michigan economic development organization The Right Place Inc. “Securing this new Chinese Foreign Direct Investment is significant for our region,” said Birgit Klohs, president & CEO of The Right Place Inc. “The investment reaffirms that West Michigan is a global destination for international investment and business expansion.”

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) has approved a $738,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant to assist with the effort.

“West Michigan was identified as an excellent location due to the proximity to many of the leading office furniture manufacturers and the skilled manufacturing talent available in this area,” said Michael Fedrigo, general manager of J-Star Motion Corp. and formerly with NuCraft Furniture. “The support available through The Right Place and the MEDC was a significant factor in their final site selection.”

J-Star's parent company, Jiecang Linear Motion Technology Co., is an OEM of linear actuators and lifting columns. Founded in 2000 and based in Xinchang, China, the company has an annual production capacity of 600,000 linear actuators and lifting columns, and 200,000 control boxes.

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