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Hometown tool and die company poised to expand

Monday, July 24, 2017  
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Cameron Tool Expansion to Create New Skilled Trades Jobs and Increased Support for Locally Growing Tool and Die Industry

The City of Lansing and the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) announced the expansion of long-time Lansing tool and metal die manufacturer Cameron Tool today. Since its formation in 1966, Cameron Tool has grown from its original 2,400 square foot, three employee operation, to currently a 72,000 square feet building, 83 person operation. As a company, Cameron Tool is committed to excellence in design, CAD/CAM programming, construction techniques, tryout, and inspection.

“I am always eager to support the growth and success of a hometown company like Cameron Tool," said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero. "This project is another great example of the City partnering with businesses to create and retain quality jobs, while boosting the health of Lansing’s robust manufacturing sector.”

The expansion includes construction of a new addition to the existing building that will house a 1,500 ton press, three new cranes, and a new die build bay with die build equipment. Additionally, Cameron Tool will be making structural improvements to their existing building.

The total project cost is estimated to be $4,000,000 and will create 10 to 15 construction jobs and 10 to 15 new full-time jobs. In addition, the project will include a property tax abatement on the future increase in value resulting from the company’s investment in building improvements.

The Cameron Tool expansion project requires approval by the Lansing City Council and the State Tax Commission, and will appear on the Council’s July 24 agenda. If approved, the project is expected to be completed in December 2017.

“Cameron Tool has been an important and stable piece of Lansing’s economy for decades,” said Bob Trezise, President and CEO of LEAP. “LEAP is happy to be working with Cameron Tool to help bring more jobs and opportunities to the City of Lansing and to the region as a whole, and to elevate and strengthen a piece of Lansing’s core identity—manufacturing.”

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