Port Huron, Michigan – January 11, 2017
P.J. Wallbank Springs, Inc., founded 35 years ago in Port Huron, is the global leader in the design and manufacture of spring packs for automatic transmissions. An engineering focused company, the organization started by designing and building its own proprietary manufacturing equipment in order to produce its spring packs, a strategy it continues to utilize to this day. Today, the organization exports 40% of its production outside of the United States, with over 60% of its export volume being shipped to China. Core to the organization’s long term success, has been the organization’s people.
The company is currently experiencing significant growth, where production will more than double through 2018. This growth is a function not only of domestic growth, but also of export growth. PJWS plans to double the current number of customers in China and triple the current number of customers in Europe in the next three years. As a result of this growth, the organization plans to expand its existing facility in Port Huron, investing $803,000 and creating 68 jobs.
Given the planned investment and job growth, the company has been awarded a $350,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant to use toward training and employee recruitment. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in Germany and China. The city of Port Huron has offered support to the project in the form of property tax abatement.
Chris Wallbank, President of P.J. Wallbank Springs, Inc. was quoted as saying “We are very excited about what the future has in store for the members of our organization and our community. Our organization will continue to be built on the efforts of great people. We encourage great people who want to join us in building a world class organization to step forward and contact us. We are particularly excited about our new Technical Development Program, which has the objective of developing world class technical talent for our organization and community.”
"We are fortunate to have a growing automotive manufacturer like P.J. Wallbank Springs in the City of Port Huron,” said Mayor Pauline Repp. “They are going to be adding good quality jobs and expanding their capabilities for their customers which may lead to more opportunities in the future.”
“We’re excited to support the expansion of the company’s technical and engineering capabilities and the jobs that will follow,” said Dan Casey, CEO of the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County.
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