Tuesday, June 23, 1998
Engler helps Dana Corporation celebrate groundbreakingAt a groundbreaking ceremony for Dana Corporation in Kalamazoo today, Governor John Engler delivered more good news to area residents, businesses and local officials. Engler used the event as an opportunity to announce the number of jobs lost to Pharmacia Upjohn's relocation to New Jersey are quickly being replenished due to several new economic development projects. "This community has come a long way since the news last fall that one of their most valuable employers would be moving several hundred employees out-of-state," said Engler. "Today, I am pleased to announce that we have brought enough new projects to the area over the last six months that the jobs lost to the relocation are quickly being replenished." Since December, four large projects have been announced in the Kalamazoo area. In December, MANN + HUMMEL AUTOMOTIVE, which manufactures plastic intake manifolds for the auto industry, announced that it would be creating more than 300 jobs in the area over the next five years. In March, the Dana Corporation announced that it would be investing $15 million in a new research and development facility in Texas Township and would create over 200 jobs by the year 1999. And in May, Fort James Corporation announced that it would be consolidating its food wrap business from Wisconsin to Michigan, thus creating at least 60 new jobs in the area. In addition, State Farm Insurance recently announced that it would be hiring several hundred people. "Combine all these projects and the Kalamazoo area is well on its way to having nearly a thousand new jobs in less than a year," said Engler. In addition to delivering the good news to the community, the Governor congratulated the Dana Corporation, which manufactures and markets components, primarily for trucks, sport utility vehicles, trailers, vans and other automobiles. Dana will invest approximately $15 million and expects the new facility to be operational by late 1999. "Back in March when we were here to announce that Dana would be locating in Texas Township, the local response was tremendous and today that continues," said the Governor. "This community, along with officials from the Michigan Jobs Commission, has worked extremely hard to make sure that good companies with good paying jobs come to this area. Today's groundbreaking is truly the result of everyone's hard work."