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Two companies to invest $10.2 million, add 114 jobs in West Michigan

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Nate Pilon
517.335.4590

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Economic Development Corporation today announced Michigan Strategic Fund approval of two business expansion projects that are expected to generate $10.2 million in investments and add up to 114 new jobs in West Michigan.

These investments in our state will strengthen our communities and fuel new opportunities for our talented workforce,” said MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney. “Today’s projects demonstrate that Michigan’s highly competitive business climate and tremendous workforce capabilities mean real opportunities for leading edge companies.”

Celia Corporation dba General formulations, established in 1984, manufactures plastic film for the printing industry and screen printing for advertising materials. The company plans on expanding in the Village of Sparta, investing approximately $4.2 million and creating 50 jobs. As a result, the project has been awarded a $233,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in Georgia and California. The Village of Sparta plans to support the project in the form of property tax abatement. Individuals interested in exploring employment opportunities with Celia Corporation should visit www.generalformulations.com.

Flow-Rite Controls, Ltd. designs, manufactures and markets fluid control devices for batteries, recreational fishing boats, laboratories, and medical devices. The company plans to expand its existing operations in Byron Center, investing approximately $6.1 million and creating 64 jobs. As a result, the company has been awarded a $224,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Byron Township has offered support to the project in the form of property tax abatement. For information on careers with Flow-Rite, visit www.flow-rite.com/careers.

“Flow-Rite is the definition of what advanced manufacturing looks like today in West Michigan,” said Birgit Klohs, President and CEO, The Right Place, Inc. “It is imperative that we retain and expand growing companies like Flow-Rite in our region; companies that take pride in the ‘Made in the USA’ labels on their products.”

The Michigan Business Development Program provides grants, loans and other economic assistance to qualified businesses that make investments or create jobs in Michigan, with preference given to businesses that need additional assistance for deal-closing and for second stage gap financing.

The MSF considers a number of factors in making these awards, including: out-of-state competition, private investment in the project, business diversification opportunities, near-term job creation, wage and benefit levels of the new jobs, and net-positive return to the state. Business retention and retail projects are not eligible for consideration of these incentives.

Pure Michigan is a brand representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.

For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit michiganbusiness.org. For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org. Michigan residents interested in seeking employment with any of Michigan’s growing companies should check mitalent.org, where more than 83,000 jobs are currently available in a variety of industries. 

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