TruckCraft plans to move and grow in Antrim Twp.

Shawn Hardy news@echo-pilot.com

TruckCraft, which makes specialty products for light trucks, is planning to expand and grow in Antrim Township.

A modification for stormwater studies and stormwater controls planning granted by Antrim Township supervisors Tuesday evening allows TruckCraft representatives to move forward with purchasing a property at 10373 Antrim Church Road.

TruckCraft has been located off U.S. 11 in Marion for 15 or 16 years and "is out of space, jammed up," according to Jeff Weller, chairman of the board.

The current building is 17,000 square feet and a 60,000-square-foot building is proposed on Antrim Church Road.

TruckCraft manufactures products like aluminum and steel truck bodies, dump bodies, service bodies with storage access and salt spreaders sold at dealerships across the country and in Canada, according to President Steve Pool. His father, Jerry Pool, and Gary Shoup, former owners of JerrDan, started TruckCraft in 1992 "dedicated to providing high quality, niche products to the light truck industry," according to the company website.

More products are in the works, but Weller said they are not ready to announce them yet. He expects to work force to grow from 27 employees to 40 to 45 within a year of the move.

The modification to storm water preparation was approved because most of the property is impervious area which has already been documented and there are already storm water controls at the site, which also houses two other truck-related uses.