Whitehall Firm Set To Expand

June 18, 2007
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WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP — Michigan Adhesive Manufacturing Inc.  will expand with the help of a $100,000 Michigan Economic Development Corp. Grant going to Whitehall Township in Muskegon County. The grant will fund extension of the sanitary sewer system to accommodate the expansion that is expected to create 10 new jobs and $500,000 in private investment by the company.

The grant is being made available by the MEDC with funds provided by the federal Community Development Block Grant program.

The MEDC administers the state’s Community Development Block Grant funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These funds are used to provide grants and loans to eligible counties, cities, villages and townships — typically those with populations less than 50,000 — for economic development, community development and housing projects. Larger communities receive block grant funds directly from the federal government.

“CDBG is an important source of funding for economic development for Michigan’s smaller communities,” MEDC President and CEO James C. Epolito said. “This federal source combined with local dollars helps to offset the cost of public infrastructure needed to support business expansion.” There are 1,655 local governments within the state eligible to apply for CDBG funds administered by the MEDC. Projects are approved contingent upon compliance with state and federal requirements.

Whitehall Township will contribute $180,000 to the project.

“Michigan Adhesive is an exciting, fast-growing company, and we wanted to help them to stay in the township,” said Township Supervisor Dennis Babcock.

Michigan Adhesive Manufacturing was founded in 1998. The company specializes in formulating and manufacturing high-performance, environmentally friendly adhesives, sealants and coatings for a variety of markets including general product assembly and specialty construction.

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