Racecar supplier plans 138 jobs
A supplier of performance parts and accessories for racecars, hot rods, trucks and off-road vehicles is planning to expand its operation in the region and create 138 jobs.
The state said yesterday that the Michigan Strategic Fund has awarded $1.9 million in Community Development Block Grant funds to Watervliet Charter Township, northeast of Benton Harbor, to support the expansion of Lane Automotive.
Watervliet Charter Township has also agreed to reduce permitting fees of up to $10,000 for the project.
The grant funds will be used toward on-the-job training for 138 new employees at the expanded site.
The company has agreed to hire at least 70 people with low-to-moderate incomes to fill the open positions.
Lane Automotive has been located in Watervliet Charter Township in Berrien County since 1998, when it took up residence in a nearly 159,000-square-foot building.
The company is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
The company, which originally built drag racecars, was founded in nearby Coloma in 1964 in the garage of founder George Lane.