EJ, a global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of access solutions for water, sewer, drainage, telecommunications and utility networks, hosted a private open house for its new, state-of-the-art, greenfield foundry in Warner Township, near Elmira, Michigan on Thursday, October 25th.
The new manufacturing operation will allow EJ, previously known as East Jordan Iron Works, Inc., to remain competitive, grow the business, and retain 340 jobs in Northern Michigan.
The 200-acre site in Warner Township has been under construction since February of 2017, and will begin production in November. The new foundry is just 14 miles from their current manufacturing facility in East Jordan. EJ is proud to continue to keep manufacturing in Northern Michigan and to be able to retain employment.
“In just a few weeks, the foundry will be in production, producing some of the highest quality infrastructure access solutions in the world,” stated Tracy Malpass, President of EJ. “This facility is the single largest investment undertaken by our company.”
After conclusion of the ceremony, attendees were provided a tour of the facility. Additionally, throughout the weekend, over 1200 EJ retirees, employees and family members will get a first-hand look at the facility.
Tom Teske, Vice President and General Manager of EJ concluded, “On behalf of the employees and our valued customers, we thank the shareholders for their reinvestment in the company, which will service us well in the long-term.”
The open house ceremony was attended by fourth, fifth, and sixth generation members of the Malpass family, as well as many state and local dignitaries, which included US Congressman Jack Bergman, State Representative Tristan Cole, State Senator Wayne Schmidt, and Brandon Fewins on behalf of US Senator Debbie Stabenow.
EJ continues to be 100% owned by descendants of William E. Malpass, and members of the family continue to be active in managing the business.