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Neogen To Spend $1.3M On Subsidiary Expansion

LANSING — Lansing-based Neogen Corp. will spend $1.3 million on a new home for its Ideal Instruments subsidiary in a building at 1000 S. Hosmer St.

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Faurecia Automotive Seating Expanding Sterling Heights Plant

LANSING — The Nanterre, France-based automotive supplier Faurecia will expand its Faurecia Automotive Seating LLC plant in Sterling Heights with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. said Friday.

The project is expected to generate more than $8 million in new private investment and add 90 new jobs. That resulted in a $350,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant to the supplier.

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Manufacturer Expanding In Delta Township

LANSING – Lansing-area economic development officials announced Monday that Munters Corp., a manufacturer of air treatment equipment, will build a new 110,000-square-foot manufacturing plant on Ena Drive in Delta Township.

The plant represents a $3.85 million investment in the building, and $315,000 in equipment and personal property. The expansion will result in the retention of the 57 local jobs in addition to the creation of another estimated 16 jobs based on the company’s expectation of growth over the next two years.

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Alcoa Investing $22M At Jet Parts Plant Near Muskegon

NEW YORK CITY — Alcoa Inc. announced Tuesday that it would invest $22 million in new production technology at its advanced metals plant in Whitehall, near Muskegon.

The company said the investment is a result of growing demand for advanced titanium, nickel and 3D-printed parts for jet engines.

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Ikea Completes Exterior Of Canton Expansion

CANTON TWP. — Attention, fans of great design on the cheap: Ikea Wednesday announced that inside work has begun on the 44,000-square-foot addition to its Canton Township home furnishings store on Ford Road just west of I-275.

The Swedish retailer said the expansion is on schedule for an opening this summer.

The store opened in June 2006 with 311,000 square feet of space. It’ll be 355,000 square feet in size with the addition.

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Companies Get State Aid For Expansion

LANSING — The Michigan Economic Development Corp. Tuesday announced Michigan Strategic Fund approval of support for business expansion projects that will result in $53.9 million in new business investment in Michigan and the creation of 130 new jobs in the state.

The MEDC also announced a $22.5 million investment in a new private equity fund that will provide growth funding for Michigan automotive suppliers.

The support for business projects were as follows:

* Fullerton Tool Co., founded in 1942 in Saginaw, manufactures solid carbide cutting tools for the medical, aerospace, automotive, power generation, heavy equipment, recreation, firearms and mold and die industries. The company is experiencing high demand for its products and plans to build its second Saginaw County plant in the Great Lakes Technology Park in Thomas Township. As a result, the company has been awarded a $400,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky all solicited Fullerton’s investment, but the company chose Michigan. Saginaw County provided 35 acres of shovel-ready property to support the project. Individuals interested in career opportunities with Fullerton Tool should visit http://www.fullertontool.com. Said Fullerton Tool president Patrick H. Curry: “The Fullerton West Facility will enhance our product offerings and allow us to continue the momentum of strong growth through diversification of product and customers.” Curry thanked the MEDC, the economic development agency Saginaw Future, the Saginaw County Economic Development Corp., Thomas Township and the city of Saginaw for their support.

* Canal Street Brewing Co., LLC (dba Founders Brewing Co.) began in Grand Rapids in 1997 as a small tap room and brewery. Today the company has increased its production by almost 50 times and its tap room sales by about 10 times. The company is expanding its property on Grandville Ave. SW in Grand Rapids, investing $40.4 million and creating 72 jobs. As a result, the company has been awarded a $250,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. The City of Grand Rapids is offering support to the project in the form of property tax abatement. Individuals interested in positions with Founders Brewing Co. should visit http://foundersbrewing.com/jobs/. MSF also approved an amended Act 381 Brownfield work plan submitted by the Grand Rapids Brownfield Redevelopment Authority for school and local tax capture valued at $4,281,805 for demolition, site preparation, infrastructure improvements, and streetscaping for the project.

* Covisint Corp., founded in 2000 by the Detroit Three automakers as an online marketplace, and later acquired and then spun off by Compuware Corp., is a provider of cloud-based collaboration and information sharing systems. Covisint plans to lease space and establish a new headquarters in Southfield, investing up to $5.5 million and creating 50 jobs. As a result, the company has been awarded a $1.5 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in Texas and North Carolina. The City of Southfield has offered support to the project in the form of property tax abatement. Individuals interested in career opportunities with Covisint should visit http://www.mitalent.org.

Also, the MSF approved $22.5 million in loan funding under the MEDC Capital Conduit Program to Grow Michigan Holdings, LLLC, to be invested in Michigan Capital Partners, a new private equity fund. MCP, a collaboration of public and private funding, will be capitalized by a number of private investors from across the state to provide growth funding for Tier 2 and Tier 3 automotive and transportation suppliers with a presence in Michigan. The targeted private investment fund will total $125 million, creating more than $4.50 in private investment for each public dollar invested. It will make investments in companies with $20 million to $200 million in revenue in the transportation value chain: machining, forming, tool and die making, supply chain support and technology. Companies considered for the fund’s investments will be headquartered or have operations in Michigan with plans to expand their facilities and create new jobs in the state.

In addition, MSF approved an amendment to the Events Center Project bond authorizing resolution that was passed at the Sept. 17 board meeting. The amendment removes the bond rating requirement, allowing the bonds to be sold as unrated. MSF also approved an inducement resolution for issuance of $70 million in tax-exempt bonds to purchase the basement through the seventh floor of the Capitol View Building in Lansing to be used for Michigan Senate offices.

The Michigan Business Development Program provides grants, loans and other economic assistance to qualified businesses that make investments or create jobs in Michigan, with preference given to businesses that need additional assistance for deal-closing and for second stage gap financing.

The MSF considers a number of factors in making these awards, including: out-of-state competition, private investment in the project, business diversification opportunities, near-term job creation, wage and benefit levels of the new jobs, and net-positive return to the state. Business retention and retail projects are not eligible for consideration of these incentives.

For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit michiganbusiness.org. For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org. Michigan residents interested in seeking employment with any of Michigan’s growing companies should check mitalent.org, where more than 85,000 jobs are currently available in a variety of industries.

MEDC OKs Aid To $190M In Projects

LANSING — The Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced approval of assistance to economic development and community revitalization projects that in total will generate nearly $190 million in new capital investment and create 419 new jobs in Michigan.

The MSF-approved projects include an expansion of Toyota’s engineering center in York Township, three new multifamily housing developments in Detroit, and two brownfield work plans for business expansions in Detroit and Redford Charter Township.

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Bosch Breaks Ground on Technical Center Expansion In Plymouth

PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder joined Robert Bosch LLC President Mike Mansuetti and other Bosch executives today in a ceremonial groundbreaking to publicly announce a 220,500-square-foot expansion of Bosch’s Technical Center at 15000 Haggerty Road in Plymouth Township.

The expansion, which is expected to be completed in November 2015, will nearly double the size of the existing technical center, which opened in 2007.

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Middleville Tool & Die Expanding, Adding 35 Jobs

LANSING — Middleville Tool & Die Co. is expanding in Barry County’s Yankee Springs Township with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced.

The expansion is expected to generate nearly $6.3 million in new private investment and add up to 35 new jobs.

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