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Friday, March 22 2019
  • Developments in Mt. Clemens, Pontiac, Evart will generate private investment of $29.6 million
  • Korean auto supplier erae AMS USA establishing new manufacturing operations in Pontiac
  • Expansions underscore strength of state’s automotive manufacturing talent

Lansing, MI -- Three business expansions that will generate a total of $29.6 million in private investment and create 262 jobs in Michigan have received support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced.

“The decision by these Tier 1 auto suppliers to not just expand but to establish new facilities in Michigan further underscores our leadership position in automotive manufacturing and the strength of our talented workforce,” said Jeff Mason, CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the state’s chief marketing and business attraction arm that administers programs and performs due diligence on behalf of the MSF.

“Collaboration with our local partners is key to attracting these kinds of investments and further building the economy around the state,” Mason said.

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Tuesday, February 26 2019
FCA Invests $4.5 Billion in Michigan, Adds 6,500 Jobs

Photo Caption: Plans include a $1.6 billion update of the Mack Avenue Assembly Complex to convert the two plants into the future assembly site for next-generation Jeep® models, adding 3,850 new jobs to support production. Image courtesy of FCA.

Detroit, MI — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced its plans to build a new state-of-the-art automobile assembly plant in Detroit and add production at five existing Michigan facilities. The transformative project will generate $4.5 billion in investment and create a nearly 6,500 Michigan jobs, representing the automaker’s largest investment in North America since the Great Recession

“This is incredible news for Michigan’s economy, our families, and the future of our state. Today’s announcement signals the strong bet FCA is making on our talent and manufacturing heritage that will continue to cement Michigan’s status as the home of automotive innovation for generations to come,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. “We need to keep our foot on the gas as we work to build a Michigan where businesses can find the resources and talent to thrive in the state. Nearly 6,500 jobs, $4.5 billion in investment in Michigan and the first new automobile assembly plant in Detroit in 30 years provides a compelling testament that we are on the right path forward.”

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Friday, January 18 2019

Lansing, MI — Three business expansions and two community revitalization projects that will generate a total of $17.7 million in private investment and create 173 jobs have received Michigan Strategic Fund support, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced.

“These projects will lead to new business growth, revitalized communities and more and better jobs for our residents. We’re pleased to work with our local partners and support these investments,” said Jeff Mason, CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the state’s chief marketing and business attraction arm that administers programs and performs due diligence on behalf of the MSF.

“The decision by these companies to expand in Michigan means good jobs for our residents and demonstrates the strength of our state’s talented workforce,” Mason said

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Thursday, January 17 2019
  • Project will generate private investment of $42.8 million
  • Company adding nonstop service to two new cities
  • Location key to company’s strategic growth

Lansing, MI — Allegiant Air, LLC, a provider of nonstop air service to 120 popular destinations in the United States, plans to expand its operations at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced.

The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of more than $42.8 million and create at least 66 permanent jobs, resulting in a $200,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund. Michigan was chosen over competing airports in several other states.

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Wednesday, December 12 2018

Lansing, MI — Drive System Design, Inc., a global engineering consultancy specializing in the design, development and control of future transmission and driveline systems, is expanding in Farmington Hills with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced.

The project is expected to generate total private investment of $1.7 million and create 25 high-wage engineering jobs. Michigan was chosen for the expansion over a competing site in California.

“Drive System Design’s decision to invest in Farmington Hills rather than another state means excellent jobs for Michigan residents and further solidifies Michigan’s leadership position in automotive R&D and electric vehicle advancements,” said Jeff Mason, CEO of MEDC, the state’s chief marketing and business attraction arm that administers programs and performs due diligence on behalf of the MSF.

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Tuesday, August 14 2018

St. Johns, MI — Two new world-class dairy processing facilities are expected to dramatically improve the production, profitability and long-term prospects for one of Michigan’s top agricultural products. Glanbia plc, a global nutrition group with a presence in 32 countries, has partnered with Select Milk Producers Inc. and Dairy Farmers of America to form Spartan Michigan LLC, which will develop a new $425 million, 146-acre dairy processing facility in St. Johns, which is expected to create 259 new jobs. The facility will process more than 8-million pounds of milk per day.

Proliant Dairy Michigan is investing up to $85 million in an adjoining facility, which will manufacture whey permeate products and employ 30 to 38 new workers. Construction for both facilities is expected to begin in September and be completed by December 2020.

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Thursday, August 17 2017

Veteran-owned MOVE Systems International investing $13 million; adding 27 jobs to expand eco-friendly food cart and electricity pedestal production

Walker, MI — The Right Place, Inc., the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), and Start Garden’s venture fund spin-off Wakestream Ventures celebrated its first collaborative effort to bring jobs to the region with the announcement that New York-based mobile food manufacturer Move Systems International (dba MOVE Systems) will invest more than $13 million and add 27 jobs at its Walker production facility.

A special news conference will be held at Rosa Park Circle Aug. 16 in which Right Place, Start Garden, Wakestream Ventures and MEDC officials will discuss this collaboration. MOVE Systems will also demonstrate their innovative products.

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Thursday, May 11 2017

Zoetis expanding in Kalamazoo, Portage

Lansing, MI —- A global animal health company is expanding in the Kalamazoo area with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced.
That expansion, along with four other business expansion projects that have also received MSF approval, will generate a total private investment of more than $71.5 million and create 203 jobs in Michigan.
“The successful expansion of these companies is a testament to Michigan’s growing economy and our state’s talented and abundant workforce,” said Steve Arwood, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the state’s chief marketing and business attraction arm that administers programs and performs due diligence on behalf of the MSF.

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Thursday, March 30 2017

Italy-based company opens GR plant; German firm expands in Port Huron

Lansing, MI -- Michigan Strategic Fund approved two grants to international companies that will invest collectively up to $32.5 million and create 150 jobs in the state.

The MSF will provide a $286,000 performance-based grant to Siliconature Corp., and a $496,000 performance-based grant to HP Pelzer Automotive Systems, Inc. Funds are provided through the Michigan Business Development program.

“Selecting the west Michigan site is a strategic decision that puts Siliconature amid an efficient, cost-effective supply chain and proximity to the bulk of its Midwest market,” said Steve Arwood, CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the state’s chief marketing and business attraction arm that administers programs and performs due diligence on behalf of the MSF.

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Tuesday, March 14 2017

MSF approves grant to Huntington Bank; $5.4-million private investment, 60 new jobs into downtown business district

Lansing, MI — In the latest progress toward attracting businesses and employment opportunities to the city of Flint, Huntington Bank will create 60 new jobs and invest nearly $5.4 million in the heart of downtown at its complex on Saginaw Street across from the University of Michigan-Flint campus. The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) approved a $450,000 performance-based grant to support the company’s commitment of the capital investment and creation of new jobs at the site.

“These investments by Huntington and the cooperation between the State of Michigan and the City of Flint are great examples of how, by working together, we can create more jobs for Flint residents and help move Flint forward,” said Gov. Rick Snyder.

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Friday, February 03 2017

Valeo North America Inc. plans to create 290 jobs as it builds a low-speed test track and new building in Auburn Hills, and also improve its Troy headquarters, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. said Wednesday.

The nearly $5 million project has been awarded a $1 million state performance-based grant. Troy and Auburn Hills also are supporting the project in various ways including with staff time, marketing help and tax abatements, according to the MEDC.

Valeo North America is a subsidiary of Paris-based Valeo SA, an automotive technology supplier that produces clutch and transmission components, electrical components and engine-cooling, wiper, lighting and climate control systems.

The company started in Michigan in the 1980s and also has a facility in Highland Park. It participates in a joint venture with The Piston Group's Detroit Thermal Systems, with a location in Romulus.

The MEDC says Valeo chose Michigan for the development and jobs over competing sites in Ohio, Tennessee, Mississippi and Mexico. It currently has more than 1,000 employees in Michigan.

The Valeo project is among four that the Michigan Strategic Fund approved grants for. The MEDC says those companies are investing $76.8 million and creating 555 jobs in southeast Michigan. Other projects include:

  • Kingfa Science & Technology (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of a Chinese company, researches, develops and makes modified plastic products. It plans to expand manufacturing in Canton Township, investing $60 million and creating 150 jobs. It will receive a $1 million state performance-based grant.
  • Macomb Smoked Meats in Macomb Township, which makes jerky and smoked meat snacks for Colorado-based Thanasi Foods LLC and other customers, is growing. It plans to invest $2.8 million and add an adjacent production facility, creating 75 jobs. It received a $250,000 performance-based grant from the state.
  • ABB Inc., a subsidiary of Zurich-based ABB Group that provides power and automation technologies, will invest $9.1 million in equipment and robotic production at a facility in Auburn Hills, creating 40 jobs. It will receive a $250,000 state performance-based grant.
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Friday, December 16 2016
Great Lakes Tech Park Approved for Certification from the State of Michigan Great Lakes Tech Park

Saginaw, MI, part of the Great Lakes Bay Region -- The Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA) announced that the Great Lakes Tech Park, located in Saginaw County Michigan’s Thomas Township, has the qualifications needed to be a Michigan Certified Business Park. The Tech Park has the quality standards that make it a unique, first-rate business location.  

The Certified Business Park program was established by MEDA and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. This program was designed to prepare quality business districts for securing business in Michigan. This results-oriented approach has been used to rebuild and revitalize the economic development of communities.

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Thursday, October 20 2016

Kalamazoo, MI -- Officials from Western Michigan University and Florida Southwestern State College will announce an alliance that will allow WMU to offer several high-profile academic programs at FSW’s Charlotte County, Florida campus. The alliance will provide integrated programs based on the community’s need and impact on Charlotte County’s economic development. 
WMU President John M. Dunn and FSW President Jeff Allbritten will speak about the importance of the alliance for each school. Additional speakers include Denis Wright, FSW regional vice president for Economic Development; and Bill Truex, chairman of the Charlotte County Board of Commissioners.
“Florida is home to the highest number of WMU alumni outside of the Midwest and presents great opportunity for new research, development, and partnerships,” said Dunn. “Our alumni and University supporters are thrilled that WMU is partnering with FSW to become an economic and cultural force in the area.” 

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Wednesday, August 31 2016

Ortage, MI -- Global pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. has taken the next step in its proposed $146 million expansion to its manufacturing facility in Southwest Michigan.

The Portage City Council last week granted the drug manufacturer a $14.5 million tax abatement that the company will use for its Act-O-Vial Work Center and Building 41 North Warehouse projects, according to city documents.

Pfizer will invest approximately $105.5 million in the Act-O-Vial Work Center, which will house new freeze dryers and other automated equipment. The company will invest another $41 million in its 98,000-square-foot North Warehouse project, which it will use to store raw materials.

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Monday, July 18 2016

Lansing, MI -- Denso Manufacturing Michigan Inc., a manufacturer of automotive air conditioning and engine cooling systems, is expanding in Battle Creek.

The company plans to add new manufacturing capabilities at its Battle Creek facility to support additional sales with its North American customers, investing more than $37 million and creating 125 jobs, it said Wednesday.

The project was been awarded a $687,500 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. The city of Battle Creek and/or Battle Creek Unlimited will support the project through training and relocation assistance, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. said Wednesday.

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Wednesday, June 08 2016
Laird Expands Research And Development For Connected Vehicles

Laird more than doubling operations near Original Equipment Manufacturers in Michigan

Detroit, MI -- Global technology leader Laird announces a major expansion and relocation project for its vehicle connectivity research and design center near Detroit, Michigan.

Laird will relocate its engineering, research and design center from Holly, Michigan to a 14.5 acre site in an industrial park in Grand Blanc, Michigan a few miles down the road. A new building at that location will have more than 43,000 square feet with the ability to add an additional 20,000 square feet in the future. This new building doubles the size of Laird’s current, 22,000 sq. ft. facility.

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Monday, June 06 2016

Global automotive manufacturing company is seeking employees for new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in middle Tennessee

Detroit, MI -- Ficosa North America, a branch of the global automotive technology manufacturing company Ficosa International, is now hiring hundreds of employees from a variety of skill levels and educational backgrounds for their new 270,000 square foot automotive manufacturing facility in Cookeville, Tennessee, which is about 80 miles east of Nashville.

“We’re looking to fill positions practically from top to bottom,” said Fred Zicard, vice president of Ficosa North America. “From production and project managers, technicians and engineers, to human resource specialists and assembly and warehouse workers. There are a lot of opportunities for anyone who has the skills and desire to be a part of building the car of the future. Some of our more successful employees even get the opportunity to live and work in other countries.”

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Monday, January 11 2016

Automotive performance track to be launched under iconic Champion® auto parts brand through new sponsorship agreement
Southfield, MI -- Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation and M1 Concourse, Michigan's highly anticipated automotive enthusiast destination, announced they have forged a robust partnership that has resulted in Champion® becoming the official sponsor of a new, state-of-the-art, 1.5 mile automotive performance track in Pontiac, Mich.
M1 Concourse is a $40 million-plus development being built on an 87-acre former General Motors plant site in Pontiac, Mich.  The development will include a private community of more than 250 private garages, a 1.5-mile performance track and a public experiential restaurant and retail destination. The new performance track will be utilized for a variety of purposes. Most notably, it will available to the automotive industry for testing, training and marketing events. M1 Concourse will also offer a multitude of events open to the public, including driving schools, open track days, autocross and more.  Owners of the Private Garages at M1 Concourse will have track access through the M1 Motorsports Club.

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Tuesday, October 27 2015

Designation Reflects Presence of Fiber-Based, High-Speed Internet
Thomas Township, Saginaw County, MI -- As part of AT&T’s continuing effort to drive economic development and investment in Michigan, AT&T joined representatives from the Economic Development Corporation of the County of Saginaw and Saginaw Future Inc. to announce the Great Lakes Tech Park is now designated AT&T Fiber Ready.

The AT&T Fiber Ready designation helps economic development leaders more effectively position their communities for site selection by emphasizing the availability of high-speed, fiber-based services. 
“It is a pleasure to highlight Great Lakes Tech Park as one of many Michigan industrial developments where AT&T’s fiber infrastructure is in place and ready to help local businesses drive job creation,” said Jim Murray, president of AT&T Michigan. “Our employees are turning our billions of dollars of investment into high-speed Internet for consumers and businesses across Michigan. Our work is made possible by smart, pro-investment policies championed at the state and federal level, as well as the focused leadership of the local executives who stand with us today.”

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Wednesday, May 13 2015

Waterford, Michigan -- Two international manufacturers who met with Oakland County economic developers at the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington D.C. confirmed they will establish business locations in Oakland County.

The announcements come little more than a month after the companies – APAG Elektronik AG and Promac – met with the Oakland County business development team. Within a week of meeting with the Oakland County team, company representatives were in Oakland County in search of potential sites.

“These companies have seen what a thousand others who came before them saw – that Oakland County is the best market for international investment,” Patterson said. “We are proud of the business climate we’ve created for international companies and the infrastructure available to support their business. We welcome these two fine companies to Oakland County.”

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Friday, January 30 2015
Stryker Announces Grand Opening of European Regional Headquarters

Kalamazoo, MI -- Stryker Corporation, one of the world’s leading medical technology companies, today announced the grand opening of the Company’s European Regional Headquarters, located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Regional Headquarters will support the growth of Stryker’s global business, foster collaboration and leverage the Company’s resources. The new facility serves to strengthen Stryker’s already strong presence in Europe by locating leaders in a central space to increase collaboration and communication while achieving greater operational and resource efficiencies. 
“The opening of the European Regional Headquarters is an exciting milestone for Stryker that demonstrates our long-term commitment to Europe and our global business,” said Lonny Carpenter, Group President for Global Quality and Operations, and European Business Operations. “There is significant opportunity for growth in Europe. Stryker is committed to continuously improving our business in this region so we have established the new headquarters to support these aspirations.”

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