SOURCE: New Products Corporation

New Products Corporation

December 01, 2011 09:15 ET

New Products Corporation Launches Website, WhatIsTheBigSqueeze.com

BENTON HARBOR, MI--(Marketwire - Dec 1, 2011) - New Products Corporation (NPC), Benton Harbor's longest surviving manufacturer, is seeking to raise public awareness and support about ongoing property encroachment and other issues impacting the company. Today, NPC launched the website, www.WhatIsTheBigSqueeze.com, to reveal how its operations are being squeezed by other interests in the community.

"We've worked hard to be good neighbors since my grandfather Walter Miller founded the company 90 years ago," said Cheryl Miller, NPC's president and CEO. "However, we can no longer be silent about ongoing attempts to squeeze our operations and threaten our future. New Products is being bullied, and it needs to stop."

In September 2011, NPC filed a lawsuit against Harbor Shores, the city of Benton Harbor and others after numerous attempts to notify Harbor Shores through correspondence and "no trespassing" signs that a portion of its golf course was constructed on the company's property.

The lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court for the County of Berrien. Defendants named in the complaint are Harbor Shores BHBT Land Development, LLC, Harbor Shores Golf Course, LLC, City of Benton Harbor, Benton Township; Whirlpool Corporation, PNC Bank and Michigan Magnet Fund E, LLC.

A copy of NPC's legal complaint is available on the new website. The complaint seeks damages for trespass and permanent injunctive relief from the defendants' encroachment of property belonging to New Products Corporation.

WhatIsTheBigSqueeze.com also includes descriptions with photos and maps of other issues impacting public safety and the company's operations, along with recommendations for how the public can help raise awareness and advocate for NPC.

"Visitors to the website are welcome to draw their own conclusions," added Miller. "However, we see an obvious pattern to squeeze us out of business. If we don't take a stand now, there will be no manufacturing left in Benton Harbor. Is that what Michigan wants?"

Founded in Benton Harbor, Mich. in 1922, NPC is a global supplier of custom, precision die cast aluminum and zinc parts for thousands of applications in a variety of industries, including automotive, military, industrial machinery, medical instruments, household appliances, transportation equipment, furniture and fixtures, and more. Today, NPC is a TS 16949 certified, woman-owned small business, recognized for its "world class" quality. The company currently employs 100 people, a third of which are Benton Harbor residents. For more information about New Products Corporation, visit www.newproductscorp.com.

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