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Retailer Investing $27 Million to Expand Michigan Distribution Center

Meijer Distribution Inc., the distribution arm of retail giant Meijer, will invest $27 million to expand its operations in Newport, Michigan, according to the Michigan governor's office. The company plans to create 190 new jobs; news website reports that the salaries for the positions will average $462 per week. The 250,000-square-foot expansion will double capacity and allow Meijer to supply an additional 56 stores from the Newport facility, which currently ships meat, produce, dry grocery products, and frozen foods to 45 stores. Michigan successfully competed for the investment with Indiana, where Meijer has another distribution facility in Middlebury; other facilities are located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Tipp City, Ohio. The company has been offered incentives that include a state tax credit valued at approximately $1.6 million over 12 years and a $35,000 grant for training expenses.

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