The State of Michigan will spend $1 million to help convince two businesses to invest $19.7 million and create 153 jobs, including 53 in Wayne County, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced today.
“Michigan leads the nation in creating manufacturing jobs, and these new expansions will keep us moving in the right direction,” the MEDC's CEO, Steve Arwood, said. “Today’s investments will all lead to greater economic opportunities for Michigan residents, drive future business investment and create more and better jobs.”
Johnson Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of GE Aviation since being acquired in 1997, operates two facilities in Muskegon County that manufacture an assortment of parts for military and commercial aircraft engines, according to state officials.
"The company’s current facilities are at capacity and will be unable to accommodate anticipated growth in new and existing engine programs," MEDC officials said in a statement today. "The company plans to lease an adjacent warehouse and convert it into new manufacturing space in the city of Norton Shores, investing nearly $15 million and creating 100 jobs above its current base of 694 employees."
As a result of the expansion, the project has been awarded an $800,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina and Alabama as well as several international locations, according to state officials. Norton Shores plans to provide the project a property tax abatement, state officials said. Individuals interested in careers with Johnson Technology should go to http://www.ge.com/careers.
The Oakwood Group, based in Dearborn, is a collection of privately owned companies that primarily produce auto parts as Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers to the industry, according to state officials. The company needs additional manufacturing capacity at its facility in Taylor and plans to construct a 99,000-square-foot addition, investing more than $5.2 million and creating up to 53 jobs, state officials said.
As a result, the project has been awarded a $200,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Dalton, Ga. The City of Taylor plans to support the project with a property tax abatement. For information on careers with the Oakwood Group, go to http://www.theoakwoodgroup.com/career-opportunities.
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