Monday, January 18, 1999
Company to Locate in Mason, Plans to Lease Wyeth-Ayerst PropertyThe Michigan Jobs Commission today welcomed the Lear Corporation to the city of Mason. The Lear Corporation, which announced plans to locate in the former Wyeth-Ayerst baby formula plant, will employ 200 workers at their newest facility in Mason. "With more than twenty locations in Michigan, the Lear Corporation is one of our most valued corporate citizens," said Doug Rothwell, CEO and department director of the Michigan Jobs Commission. "Therefore, the company's decision to open a new facility in Mason is welcome news to both the state and the city of Mason, but even more important to the local community is Lear Corporation's decision to take over the old Wyeth-Ayerst property and bring 200 new jobs to the area." The Michigan Jobs Commission also announced that an economic development job training grant worth $100,000 will be provided to Lear Corporation to help train the 200 new employees. This grant, funded through MJC's Economic Development Job Training program, will be conducted by a training provider chosen by the company. A Fortune 500 company, the Lear Corporation is one of the world's largest suppliers of automotive interiors. With more than 200 facilities in 28 countries, and over 160 manufacturing facilities, the company employs more than 60,000 employees worldwide. "To say the least, we are delighted that the Lear Corporation has decided to use the former Wyeth Plant. The new jobs will definitely provide a beneficial impact to the Mason area," said Patrick M. Price, City Administrator. The company plans to begin operating in their new facility by Spring of 1999.