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Italian car manufacturer selects Grand Rapids for U.S. factory

Clayton Cardinalli

Throughout the pandemic, Tecnoform S.p.A. Italy has been looking to expand seeking a North American headquarters. Working with regional economic development organization, The Right Place, the recently formed subsidiary, Tecnoform USA, has selected Grand Rapids. In particular, Cascade Township.

Tecnoform USA is making a $7.3 million investment at 4999 36th St. SE where it will manufacture upscale furnishings for recreational vehicles.

“We will be closer to our American customers offering a high-quality product with fast response times for dynamic industry needs," Renzo Kerkoc, CEO of Tecnoform said.

Tecnoform USA is adding 130 jobs in West Michigan. Grand Rapids Community College and Michigan Works! is providing workforce training. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has approved a $750,000 business development grant.