Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Michael Shore, MEDC
35 New Employees in Jackson County to Learn High-Tech Skills
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a $350,000 Community Development Block Grant is being made available to upgrade the skills of 35 new hires at the expanding Sparton Corporation headquarters and manufacturing operations in Blackman Charter Township, Jackson County. The funds are being made available by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and will be used for on-the-job training, vendor training and related materials and supplies.
“As we talk to businesses across the country and around the globe it is clear that a highly skilled workforce is critical to staying competitive in today’s global economy,” Granholm said. “These new hires, and the high-tech skills they will acquire, will help ensure Sparton can continue to grow and create jobs in Jackson County.”
In her 2007 State of the State address, the governor emphasized the need to make Michigan a global economic powerhouse in the 21st century. Strengthening Michigan’s workforce is part of that plan, with job training one of the tools used to enhance Michigan’s business-friendly climate.
Sparton provides electronics design engineering and manufacturing services for the government/defense, medical device, industrial and aerospace markets. In May the company announced plans to invest $2.7 million in expansion of its Blackman Township facilities to accommodate several new high-tech customers. The project will create 188 new jobs, including 100 directly by the company. A state tax credit announced in May and valued at more than $1.3 million over 12 years helped convince the company to expand in Michigan over a competing site in Florida.
Sparton Corporation CEO & President David W Hockenbrocht stated that he is thrilled at the speed at which the State and local governmental bodies worked together to support the company’s needs in putting this important expansion project together.
BlackmanTownshiphas approved a 12-year abatement worth $650,000 to support the project.
“Once again, Blackman Charter Township shows its commitment to business development by securing another Community Development Block Grant,” Township Supervisor Raymond Snell said. “The cooperation between Sparton Corporation, the state and Blackman Charter Township in expanding opportunities for growth for this long established local company has been great.”
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. For more information about the MEDC, please visit the Web site at www.MichiganBusiness.org.
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