08-09-2018 Former APL complex in Hagar Twp. is new home of Dicastal North America; China based comp

Former APL complex in Hagar Twp. is new home of Dicastal North America; China based company is world’s largest manufacturer of aluminum alloy wheels

By Jon Bisnett The cat is finally out of the bag regarding the sale of the former APL Logistics facility at the site located at 4412 Coloma Road. In an exclusive interview Hagar Township Supervisor Izzy DiMaggio shared the news first with the Tri-City Record.

“Cathy Tilly of Cornerstone Alliance was certainly right,” says DiMaggio, “…when she described the buyer as one of the biggest companies to come to Southwest Michigan in a long time.” On the other hand, the name Dicastal North America may not exactly resonate with local residents. Dicastal North America (DNA) was incorporated on August 29, 2014 in Greenville, Michigan; manufacturing aluminum alloy wheels for the auto industry utilizing the latest digital and core technology for melting, casting, heat-treating, machining, painting, and testing of the products. DNA is a subsidiary of CITIC Group, now called CITIC Dicastal, who in 1988, built the first aluminum wheel enterprise in China. Now based in Qin Huangdao City, China; the company is the world’s largest manufacturer of aluminum alloy wheels for the auto industry. CITIC Dicastal is a subsidiary of CITIC Group. They provide products to almost every OEM and supplier in China, Europe, North America, Japan, South Korea and Australia. Hagar Supervisor Izzy DiMaggio was first contacted months ago by Keith Edwards, who was acting as agent for DNA. DiMaggio put Edwards together with the Cornerstone Alliance who has since been instrumental in paving the way for the purchase. Cornerstone Business Development Manager Cathy Tilley previously gave clues only to the degree that the entity has two other facilities in Michigan and is tied to the auto industry.

DNA has a large manufacturing facility in Greenville, coupled with Dicastal Logistics Group, DLG, begun operations on April 3, 3017 in Canton, Michigan. They warehouse, distribute, provide logistics services and light assembly operations for the auto industry. The Coloma/Hagar site will actually house a second DLG warehousing and distribution operation that is projected to employ as many as 100 workers. The client list for CITIC is quite long and loaded with some very familiar names such as GM, Kia, Honda, Nissan, Ford, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and many more. As the world’s largest manufacturer of aluminum wheels odds are there’s some of their work in your driveway right now! A special division builds high performance wheels used in F1 Racing in Europe along with OEM applications for many other extreme sports cars. Closing on the real estate was first scheduled for July 19 and has now been pushed back to August 19, while steps have also been taken to seek tax abatement project over $500,000 in repair and updates to get the site up and running. On Monday August 13, Hagar Township Board will conduct a hearing at the request of the Cornerstone Alliance to establish an Industrial Development District for 4412 Coloma Road at 7:15 p.m. during the upcoming August regular township board meeting.

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By Annette Christie

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Wendzel, a lifelong Watervliet resident beat out Maria Moen, Troy Rolling, Bruce Gorenflo, and JoAnn DeMeulenaere.

Joey Andrews beat Marletta Seats.

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Current Attorney General Bill Schuette will face off with former state Senator Gretchen Whitmer for the Governor seat.

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