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Manufacturers plan 138 jobs and $20.8M expansions in West Michigan

April 22, 2013
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Two companies based outside of the state are ready to expand in West Michigan.

The state's Michigan Economic Development Corp. recently announced approval for four Michigan Business Development and Community Revitalization program incentives through the Michigan Development Fund.

The statewide projects are expected to generate up to $44.7 million in investments and add 223 new jobs in Michigan.

Battle Creek

Bleistahl North America — a Germany based automotive company that makes valve trains — plans on investing $11.5 million to open and operate a manufacturing facility in Battle Creek to centralize its North American production.

The facility will create 58 new jobs, and Bleistahl will receive a $475,000 performance-based grant from the state, according to MEDC.

The city of Battle Creek is also offering the company a 12 year property tax abatement worth $532,000.

St. Joseph Charter Township

Kay Manufacturing — a Calumet City, Ill., precision production machining company — plans to invest $9.3 million to open and operate a 120,000-square-foot facility in St. Joseph Charter Township, creating 80 jobs.

Kay Manufacturing was awarded a $350,000 state incentive, according to MEDC.

St. Joseph Charter Township is likely to give Kay Manufacturing a 12 year tax abatement worth $321,000.

MEDC said Rassini Brakes — a Mexico based integrated supplier of rotor components — plans to open a new facility in Mt. Morris Charter Township, and Gulf Shore Investments expects to open a three story, mixed-use building housing restaurants, retail and residential space in Bay City.

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