LANSING, Mich. – Three business expansions that will generate nearly $5 million in total investment and create 166 jobs around the state have received Michigan Strategic Fund approval for support, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today.
“Today’s MSF actions demonstrate our commitment to helping growing companies generate new job opportunities,” MEDC Chief Executive Officer Steve Arwood said. “These investments demonstrate Michigan’s improving economy and the success of our strategy to help companies grow and add jobs here.”
Firstronic, LLC, headquartered in Grand Rapids, is a premier specialty provider of electronic manufacturing services, including turnkey electronic assembly and materials management services, to OEMs in the electronics industry. Firstronic has new opportunities for growth over the next three years and plans to expand its Grand Rapids operations, investing nearly $1.9 million and creating 50 jobs. As a result, the project has been awarded a $200,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in China and Mexico. The Right Place is offering support to the project through staff time and resources. Individuals interested in job opportunities with Firstronic should contact http://www.firstronic.com/careers.html.
Knight Transportation Inc., headquartered in Phoenix, is a provider of trucking transportation and logistics services. The company has more than 35 locations throughout the United States and employs more than 5,000 people. The company plans to expand its transportation management and brokerage divisions at its facility in the city of Grand Rapids, investing nearly $574,000 and creating 87 jobs. As a result, the project has been awarded a $300,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. The city of Grand Rapids will consider support of the project in the form of a property tax abatement. Individuals interested in in career opportunities with Knight Transportation should visit http://www.knighttrans.com/Careers/index.html.
Marquardt Switches, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Marquardt Group, a leading manufacturer of appliance, power tool, and automotive switches and control systems worldwide. The Marquardt Group is based in Germany and operates with more than 8,000 employees at 14 locations in 10 countries. Headquartered in Cazenovia, New York, Marquardt Switches Inc. is supporting the North American market with 554 employees. The company plans to expand its automotive engineering and R&D center in the city of Rochester Hills, investing more than $2.5 million and creating 29 jobs. As a result, the project has been awarded a $300,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over a competing site in New York. The city of Rochester Hills has offered support to the project in the form of committed staff time and/or waiving of certain permit fees related to the project. For career opportunities with Marquardt Switches, please visit https://us.marquardt.com/en/careers.html.
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