On Monday, June 13th it was announced that American Recreational Products plans to open a new facility with a fiberglass product line in Fenton. ARP is a subsidiary of National Composites, which manufactures composites and plastics for companies including John Deere, Navistar, Crest Marine, and Avalon Pontoons. They have three locations in Michigan, including one in Owosso, and employ more than 150 residents total.
The Owosso facility has reached capacity with no options to expand, but there is an existing facility in Fenton that can accommodate the expansion. The project is expected to generate $4 million in capital investments and create 59 jobs. It will be supported by a $250,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. The city of Fenton anticipates approval of a five-year Industrial Facilities Tax Abatement in support of the project as well.