©2016 Michigan Economic Development Corporation

New Plastech Facilities Bringing 900 Jobs to Monroe Area

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Elizabeth Boyd
(517) 335-6397

Expansion in Frenchtown Township Sealed with State Assistance

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced today that assistance from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has helped convince Plastech Engineered Products to choose Frenchtown Township, Michigan for a major new manufacturing complex. The three facilities in the complex will add a staggering total of 702,000 square feet of new manufacturing capacity for Plastech’s blow molding and injection molding operations.

The project is expected to create 1,898 new Michigan jobs by 2016, including 900 directly by the company.

Michigan’s leadership in attracting new businesses and expanding our existing manufacturing sector continues today with Plastech’s commitment to the future of our state,” Granholm said. “My administration wants to make Michigan a magnet for economic growth — Plastech’s expansion is evidence that we're making it happen. Along with the recent announcement of the Global Engine Alliance plant, Monroe County is becoming a manufacturing powerhouse.”

Plastech’s plans include a three-stage process for a new manufacturing complex. The first phase will be a 252,000 square foot blow molding facility. This facility will be expanded by 75,000 square feet within two years, and a separate 375,000 square foot facility for injection mold products will be added within three years. The total capital investment for the project is approximately $110 million.

Plastech had considered locating the manufacturing complex in either Frenchtown Township or a competing site in Kentucky. A Single Business Tax credit offered today worth $9.9 million over a 13-year period helped convince the company to expand and create new jobs in Michigan.

Frenchtown Charter Township helped attract the expansion with its approval of a tax abatement for Plastech worth an estimated $8.2 million over 12 years. According to an economic analysis conducted by the University of Michigan, it is estimated that Plastech’s expansion will create an additional 998 Michigan jobs as a result of increased economic activity, in addition to the 900 jobs created directly by the company. The company’s increased operations will result in a net state revenue gain of more than $61 million over the life of the Single Business Tax credits.

Plastech is one of Michigan’s largest Tier 1 automotive suppliers. The company began in 1988 when its President and CEO, Julie N. Brown, purchased a single plastic injection molding plant in Caro, Michigan. In just over a decade, Plastech has grown to 16 manufacturing facilities and joint ventures in the United States. One of the industry's top engineering and design operations is located at its corporate headquarters in Dearborn.

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.

Economic Analysis
Summary Estimates
(All estimates in 2002 dollars)



Revenue Foregone$9,936,000
Revenue Gain$71,807,000
Average Wage$511/week
Personal Income Generated Over
Life of the Tax Credit Agreement


# # # #