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Sunsation Products Expands St. Clair County, Michigan, Operations

Boat manufacturer Sunsation Products plans to expand its operations center in St. Clair County, Michigan. The $7.7 million project is expected to create 20 jobs.

The company will construct a new manufacturing facility in Cottrellville Township where it will offer a new line of boats and add more boat dealers to its network.

“Sunsation Powerboats, a family-owned company, has been producing high-quality, high performance powerboats in the Algonac, Michigan area for over 40 years,” said Sunsation President Joe Schaldenbrand. “We are very proud to have the strongest group of professional skilled boat builders in the boat manufacturing industry. Our team is what has made Sunsation Powerboats so successful. Special thanks to Bruce Seymore of the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County, and Joe McCulloch of the MEDC and their teams who put together an excellent economic incentive package for us which certainly helped us make our decision to stay here in Michigan.

The project is being supported by a $350,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. In addition Cottrellville Township has offered a 50-percent property tax abatement in support of the project.

“Sunsation’s $7.7 million in St. Clair County will create 20 good-paying jobs and build on our economic momentum,” noted Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “We are supporting today’s expansion and grateful to Sunsation for continuing to bet on Michigan by creating jobs and providing strong in-house training for its workers. Let’s keep working together to create opportunity for Michiganders in every region of our state so anyone can ‘make it’ in Michigan.”

Sunsation Products, Inc. is a manufacturer of high-performance boats. The company builds every boat from start to finish, including designing, developing, assembling and completing.

“St. Clair County has a long history of boat building and Sunsation Powerboats is keeping that tradition alive,” added Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County Vice President of Business Services Bruce Seymore. “The continued growth of Sunsation Powerboats requires an expanded, state-of-the-art production facility, and we are pleased they have decided to continue their growth here in the county in Cottrellville Township. The EDA provided support to both the company and the community on this project, which will be a win-win for both.”

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