A global company with over $40 billion sales, Johnson Controls is a recognized leader in Building Efficiency, Automotive Experience and Power Solutions sectors. In Holland, Johnson Controls employs over 3,000 people who design, engineer, manufacture and manage the production of automotive interiors, metal stampings and advanced energy storage systems.
Seeking to expand it’s Power Solutions business, Johnson Controls entered the lithium ion cell and pack assembly market in 2009. Phase I of the project called for over $200 million in new investment and nearly 500 new jobs. The company sought out a location that could deliver a quality workforce, meet their infrastructure demands, and do this in a cost competitive environment.
Working closely with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Lakeshore Advantage approached the leadership of Johnson Controls to make the case for the Holland location. The company had a deep understanding of the workforce and had a building that was currently underutilized. Further, the Holland Board of Public Works provides electric power at nearly 20% below the state average while doing so with nation-leading reliability. These favorable factors all worked to secure the project for Holland. Johnson Controls was the first lithium ion factory to produce complete packs in the United States.
“We have a unique workforce here. The employees’ sense of ownership is high … and we have a strong work ethic here compared to many regions,” said Elizabeh Rolinski, Vice President of Global Operations for Johnson Controls Advanced Energy Group explaining one of the reasons Johnson Controls selected the Lakeshore area in a MiBiz article.