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DENSO Manufacturing to Expand in Battle Creek

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Elizabeth Boyd
(517) 335-6397

Advanced Automotive Company Expects to Add 300 Jobs

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced today that assistance from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has helped convince DENSO Manufacturing to choose Battle Creek, Michigan for a major new manufacturing facility expansion. The expansion will add 90,000 square feet of manufacturing space to the company’s existing facility.

The project is expected to create 702 new jobs by 2012, including 300 directly by the company.

“DENSO has been a rock-solid employer in southwest Michigan for nearly 20 years,” Granholm said. “This expansion will mean more jobs for the Battle Creek community and be a real boost to the local economy.”

DENSO Manufacturing Michigan is a leader in the design and production of advanced automotive heating and cooling systems. The company currently has more than 2,400 employees in Michigan.

The company had considered Battle Creek and another competing state for the new facility. A Single Business Tax credit worth $1.4 million offered today by the MEDC helped convince DENSO to expand and create new jobs in Michigan.

“We are competing in a global community and appreciate the support of the state and local government agencies that help us to grow and protect our future,” said DENSO Manufacturing Senior Vice President Stan Tooley. “We are particularly pleased that this expansion at our Battle Creek facility will provide jobs for as many as 300 additional associates in the next two years."

The city of Battle Creek assisted in presenting a solid business case for DENSO’s expansion. The city is supporting a 12-year tax abatement for the new facility worth more than $4.4 million, and is providing 1.8 acres of land and a new road to the expanded facility.

Battle Creek Unlimited, the city’s economic development organization, worked closely with the MEDC and city officials to convince DENSO that Battle Creek was the right location for the company’s new facility.

“Over the past twenty years, DENSO has steadily grown to the point where it is a premier employer in the area,” said Battle Creek Unlimited President and CEO Jim Hettinger. “All of us congratulate and thank DENSO for their continued confidence in Battle Creek, Michigan.”

Total capital investment for the project will be approximately $45 million, including $9 million for a new building and $36 million for new machinery and equipment.

According to an economic analysis conducted by the University of Michigan, it is estimated that DENSO’s expansion in Battle Creek will create an additional 402 Michigan jobs as a result of increased economic activity due to the expansion, in addition to the 300 jobs created directly by the company. The company’s increased operations will result in a net state revenue gain of approximately $23 million over the life of the Single Business Tax credits.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.

DENSO Manufacturing
Economic Analysis
Summary Estimates
(All estimates in 2002 dollars)



Revenue Foregone$1,448,000
Revenue Gain$25,132,000
Average Wage$581/week
Personal Income Generated Over
Life of the Tax Credit Agreement


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