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Governor Welcomes Ontario-based Linamar Corporation to Michigan

Tuesday, June 09, 1998

John Truscott
(517) 335-6397

Governor John Engler today welcomed the Ontario-based Linamar Corporation to Michigan. Linamar, which announced plans to open Promet, Inc., will employ 90 workers at the 90,000 square-foot location in Zilwaukee. This will be Linamar's first U.S. manufacturing facility. Currently the company, which manufactures highly-engineered components and assemblies, operates 21 plants across Canada, Mexico and Hungary and has 5,600 employees worldwide. The Governor also announced that an economic development job training grant worth $45,000 will be provided by the Michigan Jobs Commission (MJC). The grant will help train the 90 new employees at Linamar. This grant, funded through MJC's Economic Development Job Training program, will be conducted by a training provider chosen by the company. "I am pleased that Linamar has seen the advantages of locating in Michigan, and I welcome them as our newest corporate citizen," said Governor Engler. "They'll be a great addition to the Saginaw economy and will help Michigan retain its rank as the number one state for economic development and job creation. I'm glad they've seen not only the benefits of a U.S. location, but of a Michigan location." Company founder and CEO, Frank J. Hasenfratz, attributes part of Linamar's success to its determination to maintain a small plant culture with only two layers of management. Linamar follows a distinctive pattern of development based on clustering small, self-sufficient plants. "When one plant fills up, we don't expand, we build another one," explains Hasenfratz. "The Zilwaukee plant offers Linamar a U.S. manufacturing presence and we expect to establish a similar small plant culture here as well." Linamar will also receive an abatement of a portion of the state property taxes, as well as Community Development Block Grant funds for infrastructure improvements. "This further strengthens Saginaw County's position as the center for precision manufacturing," stated JoAnn Crary, Saginaw Future president. "We're pleased that Linamar chose Zilwaukee as its first U.S. location for manufacturing." The company expects to begin production this summer. Return to the 1998 Annoucements Index