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MI: Seven Companies to Invest $281M, Add 1,437 Jobs in the State

4 Nov, 2014


The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced Michigan Strategic Fund approval of a new $50 million skilled trades equipment program for community colleges as well as economic development and community revitalization projects that will generate more than $281.6 million in new capital investment and create 1,437 jobs in Michigan.

“Today’s MSF actions will further drive Michigan’s turnaround by generating new opportunities for our families and businesses,” said Governor Rick Snyder. “They will help to revitalize our communities, create jobs for our residents, lead to new investment in our cities and strengthen Michigan’s workforce.”

The Michigan Strategic Fund today approved the Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program (CCSTEP), an initiative that will make $50 million available to Michigan community colleges for the purchase of equipment that will allow the colleges to deliver educational programs in high-wage, high- and middle-skill, and high-demand occupations.

“The community college funds will assist in the delivery of educational programs, degrees and credentials required for high-wage and high-demand occupations in skilled trades,” Snyder said. “Michigan intends to lead our nation in skilled trades training and providing community colleges with funding assistance is a huge step forward in that direction.”

Community colleges can request up to $4.8 million in CCSTEP funds. The Request for Proposals will be released in November 2014 and applications will be due by Jan. 31, 2015. Awards will be announced in February 2015.

Following is the list of the  business economic devlopment portion only of the total investments and jobs creation. 

Michigan Business Development Program incentives:

Autosystems America, Inc., is a subsidiary of Magna International, Inc., a leading manufacturer of automotive systems, assemblies, modules and components, primarily for sale to the car and light truck OEMs. Autosystems America Inc., dba Magna Lighting, has secured a new contract to supply automotive lighting components and systems to a large OEM. This contract will require a new manufacturing facility and consolidate all of the company’s engineering, R&D, sales and marketing, as well as a new headquarters, into one location in Plymouth Charter Township. The company will invest up to $59.2 million and create 466 jobs, resulting in a $3 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over several competing sites. Plymouth Charter Township is offering support to the project in the form of expedited approval of development plans. Individuals interested in careers with Magna should visit www.magna.com/careers.

Magna Exteriors and Interiors, USA, Inc. is a subsidiary of Magna International, Inc. The company plans to establish a new facility in Windsor Township (Eaton County) for assembly and sequencing of interior doors, floor consoles, and production of instrument panel components. The project will generate a total capital investment of $57 million and create 281 jobs, resulting in a $2 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over several competing sites. Windsor Township has offered support to the project in the form of property tax abatement. For information on careers with Magna, visit www.magna.com/careers.

Mobis North America, established in 2005 and headquartered in Toledo, manufactures Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep chassis systems. Mobis is at capacity in its facility in Farmington Hills and plans to purchase a larger facility in Plymouth Charter Township to allow for growth in R&D, engineering and sales operations. The current location not only specializes in vehicle headlamps but in the areas of multimedia (Bluetooth, telematics, system validation), steering, brake, AOS/ICS, ADAS, autonomous vehicle, electric vehicle charging and many more. The project will generate a total investment of nearly $26.6 million and create 121 jobs, resulting in a $1.25 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over the company’s headquarters facility in Toledo. Plymouth Charter Township is offering support to the project in the form of property tax abatement.

Shiloh Industries (Shiloh) is a global supplier of lightweighting and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) solutions to the automotive and commercial vehicle markets. Shiloh and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenfield Die & Manufacturing Corporation, plan to establish a new sales and technical center in Plymouth Township, and expand its manufacturing operations in Canton Township, investing up to $48 million and creating 128 jobs. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in Ohio, Tennessee and Georgia. As a result, the company has been awarded a $2 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Canton Township is offering support to the project in the form of property tax abatement. Individuals interested in careers with Shiloh should visit Shiloh.com.

Thomson Reuters (Tax & Accounting) Inc. develops, sells and supports accounting and tax software for the public accounting market. The company has outgrown its current facilities in the Ann Arbor area and plans to expand operations in Pittsfield Charter Township, investing more than $19.8 million and adding 300 new jobs. As a result, the project has been awarded a $2.4 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Texas. Ann Arbor SPARK provided assistance to the company in securing incentives from MEDC and Pittsfield Charter Township will consider offering support to the project in the form of property tax abatement. Individuals interested in careers with Thomson Reuters should visit http://careers.thomsonreuters.com/.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is currently reviewing an application for a Transportation Economic Development Fund grant to make local roadway repairs necessary for the Thomson Reuters project.

Pure Michigan is a brand representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.

For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit michiganbusiness.org. For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org. Michigan residents interested in seeking employment with any of Michigan’s growing companies should check mitalent.org, where more than 89,000 jobs are currently available in a variety of industries.

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