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Creative Composites Expands Rapid River, Michigan, Operations

Creative Composites, a manufacturer of advanced composite materials, plans to expand production operations in Rapid River, Michigan. The $960,000 project is expected to create 17 jobs.

The investment will include hydraulic press upgrades and the addition of other equipment as well as an aerospace clean room.

“Creative Composites was started in part to afford people in the Upper Peninsula to have careers they may not otherwise have had the opportunity to,” said Creative Composites President Brad McPhee. “Our growth over the past three years has exposed us to many new customers from around the country, which provides logistical challenges inherent to be located in the U.P. MEDC has shown over the past few years the same dedication in supporting us to better help overcome the distance challenge and keep the work here at home in the U.P. This funding will help us to expand our capabilities and remain competitive in the national aerospace and defense market. The entire Creative Composites team is grateful for the effort the folks at MEDC give to support us.”

The project is being supported by a $135,000 Micro Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. In addition, the Delta County Economic Development Alliance has offered to assist the company in finding candidates for the newly created positions and will assist with facilitating the possibility of a tax abatement.

“We are extremely excited with the announcement of the MEDC’s support of the Creative Composites’ expansion project in Rapid River,” said Delta County Economic Development Alliance Executive Director Ed Legault. “We are pleased that company’s project will remain in Delta County, as well as the 17 new jobs the project will create. Creative Composites will provide an example for our manufacturing community that not only can you ‘Make It in Michigan,’ but you can make it in Delta County and the U.P. as well. I am really proud the MEDC team understands the special needs that businesses in the U.P. have when it comes to expansion and staying competitive in their product offering. With the MEDC’s support we look forward to the project becoming a reality.”

Creative Composites’ services customers in the defense, aerospace, automotive, and commercial industries.

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