Honda’s powersports division has turned to a Michigan-based manufacturer to fabricate its ATV frames, following the abrupt plant closing of its former Georgia-based supplier, according to a report from the Grand Rapids Press June 24.
Byron Center Manufacturing, a metal shaper and welder, has been producing parts for Honda’s ATVs and motorcycles for more than a decade.
The added load led Byron Center to increase its workforce by about 10 percent, boosting employment to 400. The ATV frame work is expected to add 15-18 percent to annual sales.
The company also builds parts for commercial trucks, as well Harley-Davidson and Honda motorcycles. About 40 percent of its business remains interior auto parts, with Lear Corp. its largest customer.