The turning of a few shovelfuls of dirt marked the beginning of construction of a new NTN Bower plant next to its existing facility in Macomb.
Craig Allen, production control general manager in Macomb, says the $100 million project will give the company greater capacity to produce existing products.
He says, “It will primarily be in the tapered roller bearing (product), which is where our big demand is right now. And it will allow us to significantly expand in that market area.”
The 240-thousand square foot plant will be completed next spring. It will create about 80 new jobs.
The new plant will located just east of the existing plant. It will be about one-third the size of the existing plant, which will continue to operate.
Macomb and the state will also spend about $1.4 million on improvements to the intersection of Bower Road and U.S. 136.