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Historical 2.1 Billion Investment in Michigan, will add 6,000 jobs, Gov. Granholm Announces

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Michigan's Governor Jennifer Granholm (D)
Michigan, who have been heavily affected by the downturn of the automobile and manufacturing industries, received some positive news, four days before the November 2, elections. 

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced this week, that companies will be investing a historic $2.1 billion to create more than 6,000 job opportunities in the state and retain more than 200,000 positions, according to Jobs.com. The announcement followed the monthly meeting of the Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) board, where 10 companies and one redevelopment project received approvals for tax incentives.



The job opportunities come as welcomed news to the states' unemployed job seekers, as Michigan's jobless rate is the second highest in the nation, at 13.0 percent.

Included in those projects are major investments by Ford, General Motors and Chrysler, renewing the auto industry’s long-term future in Michigan. 

"This historic investment means thousands of new jobs for our state and the retention of tens of thousands more,"  Granholm said stated. "Our continuing efforts to bring new investment and jobs to Michigan are paying dividends."


One of the biggest investors is Ford Motor Company, will be investing $850 million in Michigan, creating up to 1,200 new employment opportunities.
"Fuel economy and technology are consumers' biggest priorities - and we have made them Ford's as well," Mark Fields, Ford's president of The Americas, told Business Review USA. "Promoting investments in technologies, facilities and our workforce ultimately will help revitalize manufacturing in Michigan and help Ford compete with the best in the business world-wide.


Michigan based companies that will receive the announced incentives to create employment opportunities in the state, include:

  • Cequent Performance Products Inc. – The designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of aftermarket accessories for the transportation industry plans to invest $3.4 million to broaden its research and development and sales operations in Plymouth Charter Township.  The project is expected to create up to 115 total jobs, including the potential for as many as 60 directly at the company.  The MEDC estimates the increased economic activity created by this program has the potential to create an additional 55 indirect jobs.  Based on the MEDC’s recommendation, the MEGA board today approved a state tax credit valued at $896,963 over six years to convince the company to expand in Michigan over a competing site in Indiana.   
  • Chrysler Group LLC – The company that designs, manufactures and assembles cars and trucks under the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram Truck brands is considering a $1 billion investment in its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant and the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA) in Dundee to produce future models predicated on receiving inducements from the state as well as local governments.  The project is expected to retain up to 92,920 total jobs, including up to 20,000 directly at the company.  The MEDC estimates the increased economic activity created by the project has the potential to retain an additional 72,290 indirect jobs.  Based on the MEDC’s recommendation, the MEGA board today approved a state tax credit valued at $1.3 billion over 20 years to encourage the company to expand in Michigan over a competing site in Ohio.  The city of Sterling Heights is considering an abatement to support the project. 
  • Creative Foam Corporation – The designer and manufacturer of foams and plastics for customers in the automotive and medical industries plans to invest $1.5 million in an expansion in Fenton to manufacture materials to supply the renewable energy market, with the final product being a core kit that is used in the production of wind turbine blades.  The project is expected to create up to 144 total jobs, including 63 directly at the company.  The MEDC estimates the increased economic activity created by this program has the potential to create an additional 81 indirect jobs.  Based on the MEDC’s recommendation, the MEGA board today approved a state tax credit valued at $362,386 over five years to encourage the company to expand in Michigan over a competing site in Colorado.  
  • Dematic Corporation – The designer and manufacturer of automated material-handling systems plans to invest $10.9 million to expand its R&D, administrative services, sales and in-house production in Grand Rapids.  The project is expected to create up to 910 total jobs, including 505 directly at the company.  The MEDC estimates the increased economic activity created by this program has the potential to create an additional 405 indirect jobs.  Based on the MEDC’s recommendation, the MEGA board today approved a state tax credit valued at $3.2 million over five years to encourage the company to expand in Michigan instead of competing sites in Kentucky and Utah. 
  • Dokka Fasteners Inc. – The new-to-Michigan manufacturer of hot-formed bolts primarily for the wind industry plans to invest $21 million to establish a manufacturing, coating and distribution operation in Auburn Hills.  The company is expected to create up to 168 total jobs, including 90 directly by the company.  The MEDC estimates the increased economic activity created by the project may create an additional 78 indirect jobs.  Based on the MEDC’s recommendation, the MEGA board today approved a state tax credit valued at $1.5 million over seven years to convince the company to expand in Michigan over competing sites in Missouri and Illinois.  The MEDC is also supportive of EDJT funding in the amount of $60,500 and a State Education Tax abatement valued at $28,000. 
  • Dynamic Captioning LLC – The provider of broadcast-quality captioning, encoding and subtitling services to media companies within the film and television industries plans to invest $554,000 to establish a service center inGrand Rapids.  The project is expected to create 56 total jobs, including 40 directly at the company.  The MEDC estimates the increased economic activity has the potential to create an additional 16 indirect jobs.  Based on the MEDC’s recommendation, the MEGA board today approved a state tax credit valued at $169,629 over five years to encourage the company to permanently locate in Michigan over a competing site in New York. 
  • EnovateIT LLC – The manufacturer of computer workstations for the health care industry plans to invest $4 million to expand its design and production operation in Canton Township.  The project is expected to create up to 387 total jobs, including 160 directly at the company.  The MEDC estimates increased economic activity created by the project has the potential to create an additional 227 indirect jobs.  Based on the MEDC’s recommendation, the MEGA board today approved a state tax credit valued at $1.1 million over six years to help convince the company to expand in Michigan over a competing site in Ohio.  
  • Eovations LLC – The new-to-Michigan venture will commercialize a new, next-generation composite building material called EoTek.  The company plans to invest $16 million to establish an R&D and production center in Bay City.  The project is expected to create up to 64 direct jobs at the company within the next five years.  Based on the MEDC’s recommendation, the MEGA board today approved a state tax credit valued at $1.3 million over seven years to convince the company to expand in Michigan over a competing site in Ohio.
  • Ford Motor Company – One of the world’s largest producers of cars and trucks plans to invest $850 million to secure global product platforms and operational activities statewide.  The project is expected to create 1,200 new jobs and retain up to 115,400 total jobs, including 28,000 directly at the company.  The MEDC estimates the increased economic activity created by the project has the potential to retain an additional 88,600 indirect jobs.  Based on the MEDC’s recommendation, the MEGA board today approved a state tax credit valued at $909 million over 15 years to encourage the company to expand in Michigan over competing sites in India, South Africa, Europe and Asia.  This MEGA credit will replace three MEGA credits that were previously awarded to Ford Motor Company. 
  • General Motors LLC – The automotive OEM plans to amend the global MEGA incentive it received in June 2009 to add a Hybrid Electric Vehicle battery and vehicle engineering and development operation at the existing battery development center at the Warren Technical Center.  This new addition is expected to generate an additional $112 million investment, and could create up to 900 additional jobs at the Warren Technical Center and retain an additional 8,100 jobs statewide.  This investment and additional jobs are dependent upon the development of a successful, competitive business case. ht
  • GM Subsystems Manufacturing LLC – The wholly owned subsidiary of GM plans to amend a Retention MEGA credit it received in February 2009 to expand in-house support for battery module and pack assembly at its Brownstown facility.  The expansion is expected to generate an additional $39.7 million investment and retain 150 additional jobs.  This investment and additional jobs are dependent upon the development of a successful, competitive business case.
  • Mountain Valley Recycling LLC – The new-to-Michigan recycler of plastic waste into sustainable, post-consumer resins plans to invest $29.5 million to establish a facility that will incorporate new, state-of-the-art green technology in Sterling Heights.  The project is expected to create up to 1,303 total jobs, including 396 directly at the company.  The MEDC estimates the increased economic activity created by the project has the potential to create an additional 907 indirect jobs.  Based on the MEDC’s recommendation, the MEGA board today approved a state tax credit valued at $5.1 million over seven years to encourage the company to expand in Michigan over competing sites in Oregon, Arizona and Nevada. 
  • P3 North America Inc. – The Troy-based provider of professional management services and engineering solutions for alternative power train and advanced vehicle technologies plans to invest $332,000 to expand in the areas of product development and management services for electric device technology and laboratory testing for infotainment systems and other connected vehicle technologies.  The project is expected to create up to 129 total jobs, including 65 directly at the company.  The MEDC estimates the increased economic activity created by the project has the potential to create an additional 64 indirect jobs.  Based on the MEDC’s recommendation, the MEGA board today approved a state tax credit valued at $485,958 over five years to convince the company to expand in Michigan over a competing site in New Jersey.  
  • Powertrain Integration LLC and New Eagle LLC – Powertrain Integration, the Madison Heights-based provider of a broad range of systems, engine components and services for niche auto OEMs, plans to issue a contract to New Eagle, located in Ypsilanti, to generate a unique software code for use in an automotive engine control module.  Powertrain Integration will invest $2 million to commercialize the only large-bore, spark-ignited engine available to the on-highway market, which will create up to 41 jobs.  Based on the MEDC’s recommendation, the MEGA board today approved a state Technology Collaboration tax credit valued at up to $300,000. 
  • Roush Clean Tech LLC – The developer of alternative energy solutions to fleet vehicles plans to invest $2.1 million to establish an R&D center in PlymouthTownship.  The project is expected to create up to 85 total jobs, including 54 directly at the company.  The MEDC estimates the increased economic activity created by this program has the potential to create an additional 31 indirect jobs.  Based on the MEDC’s recommendation, the MEGA board today approved a state tax credit valued at $1.1 million over seven years to convince the company to expand in Michigan over competing sites in North Carolina, Florida, Nevada, Oregon, Minnesota, Texas, Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin. 
  • Yanfeng USA Automotive Trim Systems Inc. – The manufacturer of components for major U.S. auto OEMs plans to invest $17 million to expand to accommodate additional work in Harrison Charter Township.  The company is 51 percent-owned by SAIC (China’s 3rd largest automaker) in partnership with Visteon.  The project is expected to create up to 466 total jobs, including 131 directly at the company.  The MEDC estimates the increased economic activity created by the project has the potential to create an additional 335 indirect jobs.  Based on the MEDC’s recommendation, the MEGA board today approved a state tax credit valued at $1.1 million over seven years to encourage the company to expand in Michigan over a competing site in Missouri. 
  • County of Washtenaw – State and local tax capture valued at $829,291 will support a brownfield project to redevelop and expand the existing Zingerman’s Delicatessen in Ann Arbor.  It will include the rehabilitation and renovation of the Annex and Deli, demolition of part of the property and a storage garage, and the construction of a new 10,400 square foot, two-story addition that will house a new kitchen, extended dining area, storage, offices and retail area.  The project is expected to generate up to $6.7 million in new private investment and create up to 65 new jobs. In addition, Deli Partners LLC and Zingerman’s Delicatessen was previously approved for an MBT credit valued at $1.1 million for this project. 

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