It just closed a funding round.

Michigan-based eyewear company Article One has picked up $1.5 million in funding and plans to start manufacturing products in the US.

At present, the firm sources its frames from a group of artisans in Italy, according to Crain's Detroit Business. It supplies them to optometrists throughout the country.

Now Article One is seeking to make its frames at a building it will lease in Flint. To make the move, it will use money from the new funding round led by centure capital firm Project I.

Article One founder Wes Stoody told Crain's Detroit that the company wants to do "scalable manufacturing, not niche manufacturing."

"We want to meet not only our manufacturing needs, but to be able to produce eyewear for large eyewear brands," he said.

The transfer of manufacturing would occur over two to three years. As many as 50 jobs would be created in that period.

Read more at Crain's Detroit Business

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