Feyen Zylstra expanding Industrial Tech services to help manufacturers excel in Industry 4.0.
Electrical services and technology firm adding 100 jobs and investing $5.3 million into new Walker facility
WALKER, MICH – Grand Rapids area industrial technology and electrical services firm Feyen Zylstra is expanding its Industrial Technology services to help manufacturers compete in an environment where automation, connectivity, and data collection play an increasingly important role in ensuring growth, sustainability and long-term success.
Feyen Zylstra’s growth associated with helping the manufacturing community navigate what has become known as Industry 4.0 has resulted in the company growing into its second West Michigan location dedicated specifically to housing its Industrial Technology services.
By the fall of 2019 Feyen Zylstra plans to move its Industrial Technology services into 20,000 square feet of remodeled office and industrial lab space located on Walkent Dr. NW in Walker.
This latest expansion will ensure Feyen Zylstra is able to continue to attract the talent needed to meet the growing demands of leading manufacturers as they work to leverage technology to grow and improve their results. Feyen Zylstra and its development partner, Coach Road Capital, expect to invest over $5.3 million in this expansion.
Through its Industrial Technology service, Feyen Zylstra offers automation, networking and software development, as well as industrial IoT services to help middle market manufacturers take advantage of the efficiencies Industry 4.0 has to offer. The expansion of these services will leverage the company’s nearly 40-year history of helping manufacturers attain more connected, competitive and efficient processes.
“As the markets and industries we serve continue to grow and evolve, we intend to lead the market by offering the most innovative solutions,” said Nate Koetje, CEO, Feyen Zylstra. “With manufacturers racing to reap the benefits of Industry 4.0, this expansion will enable us to provide specialized technical solutions to our rapidly expanding customer base.”
Headquartered at 2396 Hillside in Walker, the 39-year old electrical services and industrial technology company currently employs nearly 700 people in 6 offices located in Michigan, Tennessee and South Carolina.
Feyen Zylstra chose the Walker site over other locations, including sites at the firm’s Tennessee and South Carolina offices, thanks to support from economic development agency The Right Place, Inc. and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which is supporting the expansion effort with the approval of a $570,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant.
“Middle market manufacturers have been hearing about Industry 4.0 for years now, and frankly, it can be intimidating to figure out what it means for their operation,” adds Koetje. “It’s hard to know where to start. We’re able to provide manufacturers with a simple road map and lead them through each step of the endeavor – from increasing plant floor automation and improving connectivity to collecting and utilizing data.”
Some of the key solutions provided by Feyen Zylstra include:
- Automation Solutions
- Custom Software Solutions
- Vision Inspection Solutions
- Industrial Networking Solutions
- Industrial Motion Solutions