Business expansions get state aid

LANSING—Three projects expected to generate a total investment of $17.8 million and create 72 jobs in Michigan received support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced.

CertainTeed Ceilings Corp. received a $375,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant to support a $10.3 million expansion in the Upper Peninsula village of L’Anse that is expected to create 25 jobs. CertainTeed was founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Co., and manufactures roofing, siding, solar, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, drywall and ceilings. Officials said Michigan was chosen over a competing site in another state. The village of L’Anse has offered a 50-percent property tax abatement in support of the project. For information on careers with CertainTeed, visit https://www.certainteed.com/careers.

Miniature Custom Manufacturing LLC received a $175,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant to support a $3 million project that includes a 24,000-square-foot expansion in the Kalamazoo County village of Vicksburg and conversion of a warehouse into a manufacturing plant. The project is expected to create 37 jobs. MCM, established in Galesburg in 2007, specializes in injection molding for high-volume injected parts for many industries, from automotive to medical. Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Indiana.  Vicksburg village government has approved a property tax abatement in support of the project. Individuals interested in careers with Miniature Custom Manufacturing should visit https://www.miniaturecustommfg.com/human-resources.

Also, South Haven Cente, LLC plans to construct a new three-story mixed-use building on a currently vacant parcel in downtown South Haven. The completed project will include 18 residential units, retail or commercial space, and parking for residents. The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $4.5 million and create 10 full-time equivalent jobs. As a result, the project has been awarded a $750,000 Michigan Community Revitalization Program performance-based grant.

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