Monday, November 01, 1999
150 New Jobs for AreaThe Michigan Economic Development Corporation today announced that Harbor Industries will invest $12.6 million to expand its Charlevoix facility. Harbor Industries expansion is expected to create 150 new jobs. "Harbor Industries had a choice -- to expand their Charlevoix facility or their Wisconsin facility to accommodate their booming business," said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. "We're delighted we could keep that expansion here, making those 150 jobs available to the citizen of Charlevoix." The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is supporting the Harbor Industries expansion with $1.2 million in Community Development Block grant money for needed infrastructure. A $75,000 Economic Development Job Training Grant and a six mill State Education Tax abatement is also being given. "This facility will solidify Harbor's role as a leader in the store fixture industry," said Ted Parker, president of Harbor Industries. "It will position us for continued growth and ensure our future competitiveness." According to Parker, this undertaking was made possible through the dedication of Charlevoix city officials, Harbor Industries' management and representatives of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. "It represents a true partnership between the private and public sectors," Parker said, "for the benefit of the corporation, local community and state." Harbor Industries, headquartered in Grand Haven, has facilities in Charlevoix and in Wisconsin.