Fluid Chillers Announces Expansion in South Lansing
Mayor Virg Bernero and the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) announced on Nov. 4 that Lansing-based manufacturer, Fluid Chillers will be investing $1.4 million into the purchase and redevelopment of a vacant facility located at 3005 Alpha Access Drive in South Lansing. The company’s expansion is expected to create 15 new jobs over the next three years for the city and region.
“Fluid Chillers represents the kind of skilled manufacturing Lansing and Michigan is known for throughout the world. By helping them stay and grow in the city, we are creating good jobs and great products right here in Lansing,” said Mayor Virg Bernero. “Thanks to Fluid Chillers and their owners for believing in Lansing and investing in Lansing.”
Founded in Lansing in 2007, Fluid Chillers custom designs and builds chillers for industry, medicine, aerospace and other applications. Its customers include Fortune 500 companies such as General Motors, Toyota, Dow, General Electric, BP, 3M and Boeing. Fluid Chillers employs 34 skilled, highly-paid manufacturing and service workers.
Fluid Chillers has experienced rapid growth (35 percent last year), and it quickly grew out of its existing building. To stay in Lansing and accommodate its expansion needs, the company has purchased a vacant 14,000 sq. ft. building, just down the road from its current building. Fluid Chillers will be investing $600,000 to renovate the building and add an additional 36,000 sq. ft. The company will continue to operate its current 20,000 sq. ft. building at 2730 Alpha Access Drive. The new location includes 5.44 acres of land, offering the opportunity for the firm to continue to expand and grow its business.
“We had been looking outside the Lansing area when we found this property. This location is important for our future so that we remain central to our employees and the property has enough room for us to continuously add space as required,” said Tim Ayres, president of Fluid Chillers. “We found South Lansing to be a great location for our business, with access to airport service, trucking, and a lot of localized companies that provide us with products that go into our systems.”
Fluid Chillers has asked for a 12-year brownfield plan from the City of Lansing, which would reimburse the company approximately $328,740 over the next 12 years in brownfield costs that the company would pay up front to make the vacant building suitable for its use. The brownfield cost reimbursement will be paid for from the increase in property taxes that Fluid Chillers will be paying on the new improved property. The project is contingent upon Lansing City Council’s approval of the brownfield plan and additional State of Michigan support. The City Council will be receiving the brownfield plan on Monday, Nov. 14 to begin the approval process.
“On behalf of the City of Lansing, LEAP is proud to facilitate the growth of yet another Metro Lansing company that is an important part of the region’s manufacturing base,” said Karl Dorshimer, director of Business Development at LEAP. “Economic development incentives are a vital ingredient in helping local companies like Fluid Chillers overcome the extraordinary costs associated with redeveloping vacant buildings on brownfield sites.”