Whitehall Manufacturer Receives Tax Abatement for Major Expansion
Whitehall, MI – Greater Muskegon Economic Development (GMED) and Whitehall Township are pleased to announce that Fusion Fluid has received a 12-year tax abatement to expand its production facility located at 8555 Silver Creek Road in Whitehall. Fusion Fluid manufactures fluid blending equipment for a variety of industries such as pharma, biopharma, green energy, personal care, food and beverage, waste treatment, industrial manufacturing, oil and gas, and mining.
With the tax abatement, the first approved by Whitehall Township in many years, Fusion Fluid will invest $6.1 million to more than double the size of its current 42,000 square foot facility to 94,000 square feet. The company also intends to add 35 new high-skilled production and engineering jobs in the next three years, also doubling the size of its workforce.
Fusion Fluid CEO Tom Swiatek said the company has been experiencing rapid growth and knew they would run out of room at their current location soon. “We grew by nearly 30% last year and expect to see similar growth in 2022,” he said. “We considered doing this expansion in phases, but with current construction lead times and material costs continuing to rise, we decided it would be less expensive in the long run to do the full expansion now.”
GMED Director of Business Development Morgan Carroll said that all parties worked well together to make the exemption process go smoothly. “This is a great example of how public and private entities can combine efforts to grow our region’s economy and improve the quality of life for everyone.”
Whitehall Township Supervisor Arnie Erb agreed that the project will have a significant impact on the White Lake community. “Our purpose is to help local businesses prosper, especially companies like Fusion Fluid that continue to invest in the White Lake area. This is a win-win for all parties. The approval of this tax abatement will allow them to move forward with their expansion, and we’re confident that the ripple effects of adding high-skilled, high-paying jobs will be felt here for years to come.”
Fusion Fluid was founded by Tom Swiatek and his wife Sarah Swiatek in 2009. The couple says their success is a result of creating a safe environment where employees share in the profitability of the company. Their goal is to eventually become an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) organization. Learn more at https://fusionfluid.com/