Johnson Controls-Saft Advanced Power Solutions lithium-ion battery production deal brings surge of energy to West Michigan (Grand Rapids Press)
Ripples of the expansion go beyond JCS or JCI. The new technology likely will give the supply base a whole new line of business to support. Automated equipment manufacturers that have supplied JCI previously may get an opportunity to build the equipment for the battery manufacturing operation. Koops Inc. at 987 Productions Court in Holland already is a big supplier to JCI's local plants. And owner Wes Koops expects bigger things now.