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State Incentives Spark Expansion Of Manufacturing Plants Throughout Michigan

Detroit Diesel Corporation, a member of Daimler Trucks North America and leading manufacturer of heavy-duty diesel engines for the commercial truck market, will make a significant investment in plant upgrades, new machinery and equipment for a new medium-duty engine line at its facility in Redford Township, Michigan.

According to Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the company plans to invest up to $208 million and create 245 jobs. As a result, the company has been awarded a $1.3 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant.

In addition to the state incentive, Redford Township offered support to the project in the form of business retention and marketing/promotional assistance. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in Mexico and Germany, state economic development officials said.

In another part of the state, the Michigan Strategic Fund approved $4,133,214 in local and school tax capture for the County of Charlevoix Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. Grant funds will be used to redevelop assets owned by St. Marys Cement Inc. in the Township of Charlevoix, Michigan.

The project will consist of alleviating brownfield conditions at the site and demolishing and removing existing outmoded structures and equipment. St. Marys Cement currently owns a cement manufacturing plant at the site and is evaluating plans to expand operations and modernize the cement making process in order to increase production capacity.

According to Michigan Economic Development Corporation officials, the company is considering, as an expansion alternative, the long-term operation of its plant in Dixon, Illinois. If the Charlevoix site is selected, the project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $130 million and create 10 full-time jobs as well as retain 139 jobs.

In another part of the Great Lakes State, Watertown Charter Township, Michigan, was awarded $1.4 million in Community Development Block Grant funds for infrastructure improvements for the Triton Industries, Inc. expansion project. The company, a Lansing-based manufacturer of Manitou pontoon boats, has outgrown its current facility and has identified a building in Watertown Charter Township.

The CDBG infrastructure grant will offset the cost of upgrading the sewer capacity to support future job growth. The company plans to invest more than $2.6 million and create 37 jobs. Watertown Charter Township is contributing $169,600 toward the total infrastructure costs.

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