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Sweden-Germany Investment Mission Brings New Investment, Jobs to Michigan

Friday, August 24, 2007

Michelle Begnoche
517-335-6397

Atlas Copco, EDAG expanding in Michigan, Chemrec, NewPage explore biofuel production in Escanaba

This week, Governor Granholm announced:

  • German-based EDAG Engineering and Design plans to invest approximately $7 million to expand its operations in Auburn Hills and Troy over the next two years, creating 140 new jobs;
  • Swedish-based Chemrec AB and Ohio-based NewPage Corporation have formed a partnership to explore possible development of a plant that would produce renewable biomass-based fuels at the NewPage paper mill in Escanaba; and,
  • Atlas Copco, a Swedish industrial equipment manufacturer, plans to hire 30 new electrical engineers and sales/marketing staff at its facilities in Oakland County.

Also outlined was the Michigan and Sweden Vehicle Communications Systems Partnership designed to share vehicle communications-related technology.

Nearly 50 Swedish companies currently have operations in Michigan, employing more than 6,000 workers.

Governor Granholm also met with executives from German-based Behr-Hella Thermocontrol to convince them to build a new production facility in Michigan.More than 170,000 Michigan workers are employed by more than 300 German-owned companies that operate in the state. German-owned companies are defined as those with at least 50 percent German ownership. These companies, representing a wide range of industry sectors, are heavily concentrated in advanced automotive manufacturing and research and development.

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