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Chinese manufacturer creating more than 100 jobs in Cedar Springs

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A Chinese furniture component manufacturer is expanding its U.S. presence into Cedar Springs. J-Star Motion Corporation, maker of office furniture industry linear motion and lifting systems, is investing $4.9 million into a new manufacturing facility at an existing site at 500 West Street in Cedar Springs.

Securing J-Star’s expansion into West Michigan was engineered by regional nonprofit economic development organization, The Right, with help from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

J-Star opened a U.S. warehouse and administrative offices in Southern California back in 2014. It was looking to stay close to its SoCal campus, but West Michigan’s expertise in the office furniture industry compelled J-Star leadership to make the move east.

The MEDC is approving a $738,000 performance-based grant.

J-Star intends to hire 122 employees supporting Cedar Springs manufacturing with production expected to begin by mid-2018.

Patrick Center, WGVU News.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.