Four West Michigan Businesses Receive State Support to Expand, Add Jobs
5/24/2012 11:30:00 PM
LANSING â The Michigan Economic Development Corporation today announced Michigan Strategic Fund approval of Michigan Business Development Program incentives for four West Michigan businesses that are expected to generate up to$15.7 million in new private investment and add 465 new jobs.
"These fourcompanies, all located in West Michigan, are demonstrating that Michigan can compete with any state in the country as a great place to grow their businesses," said Michael A. Finney, MEDC President and CEO. "These new investments show once more Michigan's highly competitive business climate and tremendous workforce capabilities mean real opportunities for leading edge companies."
Center Manufacturing is a metal stamping companyserving the commercial vehicle, power sports, agricultural and industrial markets. Center Manufacturing has won new contracts with Honda Power Sports and plans to invest up to $1.02 million to expand its Byron Township operations. Center Manufacturing expects the project to create 80 new jobs, resulting in a $300,000 Michigan Business Development Program incentive. Center Manufacturing was chosen for the contracts over competition in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Byron Township has offered support to the project in the form of tax abatement.
Huntington Foam LLC, a custom foam shape molder for the appliance, plumbing, furniture, electronics and automotive industries, has received a $340,000 Michigan Business Development Program incentive to expand its current facility in the City of Greenville. Huntington Foam proposes to invest up to $2.56 million and create 30 new jobs as a result of the project. Michigan was chosen over neighboring states that were courting Huntington Foam over the last six months. The City of Greenville has offered support in the formof a 12 year property tax abatement to the project.
MedDirect, Inc., a Grand Rapids-based patient customer service and patient pay accounts receivable management company, was approved to receive a $750,000 Michigan Business Development Program incentive to open a new facility in the City of Grand Rapids. MedDirect proposes to invest up to $2.1 million and create up to 300 new jobs over the next three years. Michigan was chosen over sites in Ohio