Thursday, August 27, 1998
Governor John Engler today congratulated Waco Classic Aircraft on its decision to locate in Battle Creek. Waco Classic Aircraft, which announced plans to open a new facility in Battle Creek, is one of a select number of FAA Certified Aircraft Manufacturers in the country and the only aircraft manufacturer in the State of Michigan. The company expects to retain approximately 20 employees and create 15 new jobs at the facility in Battle Creek. "I am pleased that Waco Classic Aircraft has seen the advantages of expanding their company in Michigan," said Governor Engler. "Waco Classic Aircraft will be a great addition to the Battle Creek area and will help Michigan retain its rank as the number one state in the nation for economic development and job creation." The Governor also announced that Waco Classic Aircraft will receive up to $35,000 in economic development job training grant to help train up to 35 new employees. Mitchell Lampert, President of Waco Classic Aircraft, praised the State of Michigan and the City of Battle Creek. Mr. Lampert stated that "Michigan and Battle Creek have been extremely responsive to our needs." Mr. Lampert further stated that, "through their respective commitments, Michigan and Battle Creek have helped to ensure that the future of our existing employees and the employees which we intend to hire will remain in the State of Michigan." The company expects to move into their new facility in early 1999. The Economic Development Job Training Program, administered by the Michigan Jobs Commission, helps Michigan businesses create new jobs or retain existing jobs which are at risk, by improving the skills and competitiveness of Michigan workers.