Monday, November 02, 1998
Announces Job Training Grant and Tax AbatementsGovernor John Engler today congratulated Rieter Automotive on their decision to expand in St. Joseph. The company, which plans to locate in the old Zenith Building in St. Joseph, will invest approximately $2.4 million in the facility and create an estimated 125 new jobs over the next two years. The Governor also announced that the Michigan Jobs Commission has approved training grants worth $187,500 and state and local tax abatements totaling $226,450 for Rieter Automotive in St. Joseph. "Rieter's decision to locate their facility in St. Joseph is great news for the city, even better is the company's decision to take over the old Zenith facility. I am glad to see that facility going to good use," said Governor Engler. "This is a project that could have easily located in Indiana, but they chose Michigan and I am glad to welcome them to Michigan and the St. Joseph area." The training grant will include both Economic Development Job Training funds, which will help train 125 new employees, and on-the-job training grants which will assist 105 production workers. The training will be conducted by a local education entity to be designated by Rieter Automotive. City of St. Joseph Mayor Mary Goff said, "In September 1996, when the last ZDS employee left, we truly wondered what the future held. Now just over two years later, all the manufacturing space is full and the building continues to be an important mainstay to the economy of our area. It's a real pleasure to announce the location of Rieter Automotive into the ZDS facility. They will be joining outstanding companies such as Design Incentives, Eagle Technologies, and others in keeping the facility an active part of our community." Rieter Automotive is a global leader in automotive acoustics and in the design, development, testing and manufacturing of interior trim systems (including floor carpeting) and NVH (sound package) systems. The company employees nearly 8,000 employees in over 40 facilities worldwide. The company is moving their facility from Lowell, Indiana to the location in St. Joseph. The Michigan Jobs Commission, which administers assorted training grants works in partnership with local communities and Michigan businesses to retain and expand job opportunities and improve Michigan's overall business climate.