Nuts and bolts supplier in Kentwood benefits from auto industry’s turnaround

by Shandra Martinez
September 19, 2012

KENTWOOD, MI ‚Äì A Kentwood business that supplies the screws to companies that make the parts for the Detroit Three is finally feeling the benefit of the auto industry’s turnaround…

One of its biggest clients is Lacks Enterprises in Cascade Township, which announced in March a $32 million expansion that will create 120 new jobs. The extra capacity is needed to produce chrome-plated parts for its customers in the automotive and appliance industries.

Other customers include Paragon Die & Engineering, Model Die & Mold and Walker-based Challenge Manufacturing.

The latter recently expanded its Walker facility at 3200 Fruit Ridge Ave. after landing a contract with General Motors to produce structural engine parts for several models, including the Chevy Volt electric car. Challenge announced in February it again is growing the footprint of its Holland plant.

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