Cascade Die Casting Group, Inc. (CDCG), established in 1978 and headquartered in Grand Rapids, is a Tier 1 and Tier 2 aluminum and zinc die cast manufacturer supplying custom engineered products to a variety of industries, including automotive, appliances, electronics, off-road sport, heavy truck and more. The company has operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sparta, Michigan and High Point, North Carolina, with 259 employees at its two locations in Michigan.
The company is experiencing significant growth and increasing customer demand, particularly as automotive OEMs transition to electric vehicle manufacturing. In order to meet demand, CDCG plans to expand at its Sparta location, where it will add equipment and manufacturing space. The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $6 million and create 30 jobs with the support of a $180,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen for the expansion over a competing site in North Carolina due to the company’s strong employee base and two locations in the state.
“We are excited about this investment, which represents a significant milestone for Cascade Die Casting Group,” said Patrick Greene, CEO of Cascade Die Casting Group. “Our growth projections, primarily in the automotive sector, necessitate this strategic decision, allowing us to better serve our customers and contribute to our employees’ well-being by creating job opportunities and improving our employee environment.”
“Cascade Die Casting has been an influential economic driver in West Michigan for decades, and our whole community benefits from its successes,” said Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids). “Its expansion is an affirmation of what we already know to be true: not only is Michigan the best place to do business, it’s also a place where working folks want to stay and build their lives. As we’re seeing in this case and countless others, our top-notch workforce is the strongest magnet we have for attracting potential job creators, and it’s the key to making our state competitive.”
The expansion encompasses investments in energy efficient furnaces, advanced robotics and automation equipment, facility enhancements and employee areas to provide manufacturing capacity, enhance manufacturing capabilities, and elevate employee well-being. Cascade Die Casting Group’s dedication to innovation and modernization underscores its mission to be a leader in the die casting industry.
“We value our partnership with The Right Place, the Village of Sparta and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Their continuous support has played a vital role in our journey toward growth and expansion,” Greene said. “This collaboration is a testament to the strong spirit of cooperation and shared vision for economic development and job creation.”
The project will bring immediate job growth and further boosts Michigan’s global leadership in mobility and automotive manufacturing. The Right Place plans to assist the company in finding candidates for the newly created positions. Individuals interested in careers with Cascade Die Casting Group should visit https://www.cascade-cdc.com/careers/.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the MEDC to ensure Cascade Die Casting continues its growth right here in West Michigan,” said Eric Icard, Senior Business Development Manager at The Right Place and project lead. “Since 1978, Cascade Die Casting has remained a pillar in Greater Grand Rapids, and this expansion serves as a testament to our region’s dedication to the manufacturing sector. We’re happy to see their continued success and we look forward to the exciting new opportunities they bring to the people in our communities as a result.”
Cascade Die Casting Group, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of aluminum and zinc die cast components primarily for the automotive, appliance and consumer electronics industries. With a commitment to quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction, Cascade Die Casting has established itself as a trusted partner in the manufacturing sector. The company operates facilities in Sparta, Michigan as well as High Point, North Carolina and Grand Rapids, Michigan, employing a skilled workforce dedicated to delivering excellence in die casting solutions.
“The Village of Sparta is excited to be supporting the expansion of Cascade Die Casting,” said Sparta Village Manager Jim Lower. “Our village council makes business expansion and retention a top priority. We are pleased that job creators continue to see the Village of Sparta as a great environment to invest in growing their business.”