Sparta, MI — tesa tape inc. will break ground at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 on an expansion to its manufacturing facility in Sparta, Michigan that will strengthen the company’s growing North American business as well as create jobs.
The total investment of the expansion in the Kent County facility at 324 S. Union Ave. in Sparta, just north of Grand Rapids, will exceed $20 million and add approximately 24,000 square feet of manufacturing space to house innovative coating, adhesive mixing and converting technology that utilizes environmentally-friendly, water-based, solvent-free adhesives.
The ongoing investment into people, plant and equipment in Michigan is another sign of “tesa’s strong commitment to its valued customers and to the Sparta community,” said tesa North America Regional President Carsten Meyer-Rackwitz.
The plant expansion in Sparta comes on the heels of the December 2015 grand opening of the tesa Automotive Solution Center in Novi. The company also operates its primary North American warehouse in Walker, near Grand Rapids.
The Sparta expansion is expected to be complete by late summer 2017, and will create at least 15 new jobs in light manufacturing, process engineering and research and development. This is in addition to recent research and development facility enhancements and new hires, co-located at the Sparta facility. Total employment at the facility will be nearing 100.
In addition to the automotive market, tesa also manufactures products in Sparta engineered to supply diverse global markets such as appliance, food packaging, oil exploration and many others. The new coating and converting operations will supplement existing extruding, coating and converting capabilities already in place.
About tesa tape, inc.
tesa is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of technical adhesive tapes and self-adhesive system solutions (more than 7,000 products) for industrial and professional customers as well as end consumers. Since 2001, tesa SE (4,109 employees) has been a wholly owned affiliate of Beiersdorf AG (whose products include NIVEA, Eucerin, and la prairie). Applications for various industrial sectors, such as the automotive industry, the electronics sector (e.g. smartphones, tablets), printing and paper, building supply, and security concepts for effective brand and product protection, account for about three-quarters of the tesa Group’s sales (2015: 1.1396 billion euros). tesa also partners with the pharmaceuticals industry to develop medicated patches. tesa earns just under one-quarter of its sales in the consumer segment, where 300 products for end consumers make working in the home and the office easier. For more information on tesa tape technology visit: tesatape.com.