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Four Businesses Expect To Create 2,751 Jobs In Detroit, Michigan, Region

06/27/2017
Four major businesses, Amazon, Autoliv, ASP, Inc., Kroger Company and Williams International, expect to invest a total of $532 million and create 2,751 jobs in the Detroit, Michigan region.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation reported firms receiving Michigan Strategic Fund incentives include;

Amazon, which plans to open a new state-of-the-art product fulfillment center in the city of Romulus, a Detroit suburb, investing nearly $140 million and creating 1,600 full-time, full-benefit jobs.

Michigan was chosen over competing sites in other Midwestern states and Canada following the award of a $5 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. In addition, the city of Romulus also offered support to the project in the form of bonds for infrastructure, which will paid for in part by the Detroit Region Aerotropolis Development Corporation.

Amazon was previously awarded a $7.5 million MBDP grant in December 2016 for the creation of 1,000 jobs at a new fulfillment center in Livonia.

Sweden-based Autoliv, ASP, Inc., develops and manufactures automotive safety systems including airbags, seatbelts, steering wheels and more for all major auto suppliers in the world. Autoliv has more than 80 facilities in 29 countries including four facilities in the cities of Southfield and Farmington Hills.

The company is experiencing significant growth and plans to lease a newly constructed state-of-the-art facility in Southfield, a northern Detroit suburb, consolidating all of its operations that are currently spread out across four different facilities.

The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $22.6 million and create 384 well-paying engineering jobs, resulting in a $2.6 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. In addition, the city of Southfield has offered property tax abatement in support of the project.

National grocery chain Kroger Company, one of the world’s largest food retailers, opened a new dry goods distribution center in Chesterfield Township, 34 miles north of Detroit, investing nearly $25 million.

The facility will be operated by third party logistics partner Penske Logistics and will create more than 350 jobs servicing Kroger. As a result, the company has been awarded a $2,078,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. In addition, Chesterfield Township is offering township office space for a job fair in support of the project.

Williams International, founded in 1955 in Commerce Township, is a world leader in the development, manufacture, and support of small gas turbine engines serving the aviation, industrial, and military markets.

The company is experiencing growth in its military and commercial operations and plans to relocate its headquarters to the former Motown Motion Picture Studio in the city of Pontiac, 31 miles northwest of Detroit, and also acquire two adjacent parcels of vacant land to establish a production facility for a new product line currently under development. The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $344.5 million and create 400 well-paying jobs, resulting in a $4 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant.

In addition, the city of Pontiac is offering property tax abatement in support of the project. MSF also approved a 15-year Renaissance Zone for the project.

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