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Two Companies Eye Expansions in L’Anse and Vicksburg, Michigan

Two companies will utilize state and local incentives to expand manufacturing centers in the villages of L’Anse and Vicksburg, Michigan.

“The decision by these two companies to expand in Michigan over competing states highlights the strengths of Michigan’s sites and communities for doing business, further underscoring its competitive economic advantages. We are thankful for the public and private partners that helped put these projects in motion, and we are pleased to support those collaborations,” said Jeff Mason, CEO of Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

CertainTeed Ceilings Corporation, a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products, plans to expand its ceilings manufacturing facility in the Village of L’Anse, a project designed to increase production output and reduce waste systems.

The expansion is expected to generate a total private investment of $10.3 million and create 25 jobs, resulting in a $375,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. In addition, the village of L’Anse has offered a 50 percent property tax abatement in support of the project.

“This is an exciting time for our facility and for our customers. The expansion of our village of L’Anse ceilings plant helps to demonstrate our continued investment in our operations and in the advancement of our products that are featured on homes and buildings across North America,” said CertainTeed Plant Manager Robert Miller. “We are proud to call Michigan home for nearly 60 years and look forward to many more years in this wonderful community.”

“We are very pleased that the MEDC recognizes the importance of CertainTeed’s upcoming expansion with this award,” says Mark Massicotte, Baraga County EDC chairman. “This company is a long-standing employer in our community and the addition of 25 family sustaining jobs speaks volumes about doing business in Baraga County.”

In another project, Miniature Custom Manufacturing, a company that specializes in highly automated injection molding for high-volume injected parts for many industries, requires an expansion of 24,000 square feet to its current facility in the Village of Vicksburg and conversion of its warehouse into a second manufacturing facility.

The project is expected to generate $3 million in private investment and create 37 jobs, resulting in a $175,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Indiana. The Village of Vicksburg has approved a property tax abatement in support of the project.

“We are excited to partner with the MEDC to bring jobs and growth to the state of Michigan and the village of Vicksburg,” said MCM Owner Kevin Murphy.

“As Southwest Michigan looks for ways to create jobs and drive economic growth, innovation continues to be key element. The 37 new jobs and $3 million investment coming to Vicksburg are a testament to Miniature Custom Manufacturing’s ability to both lead and support new products in the marketplace,” said Ron Kitchens, CEO & Senior Partner of Southwest Michigan First. “Today, we celebrate with the company’s leadership, state of Michigan and village of Vicksburg who partnered with our project team to bring this project to a successful conclusion.”

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