Granholm Visits Growing Company MAHLE Engine Components USA Inc. in St. Johns

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Celebrates company expansion, discusses economic plan to grow jobs and economy

LANSING – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today visited MAHLE Engine Components USA Inc. in St. Johns, a leading global manufacturer of components for the automotive and heavy duty engine industry that was approved for a state tax credit valued at $2.2 million over 12 years by the Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) on Tuesday. The governor thanked the company for its continued commitment and investment in Michigan and cited it as an example of the kind of company we want to help grow here in Michigan. Granholm met with company officials during her 2004 jobs investment mission to Germany.

"With our competitive business climate, outstanding workforce and expertise in advanced manufacturing and high-tech R&D, Michigan is the best place for companies– both international and domestic – to invest and grow,” Granholm said. “MAHLE’s decision to choose Michigan shows we can compete and win in the fight for new investment and new jobs. Our efforts to go anywhere and do anything to bring jobs here continue to see results.”

MAHLE Engine Components USA Inc., a member of the Germany-based MAHLE GmbH group of businesses, will invest $18.2 million in a 30,000 square-foot expansion of its piston ring manufacturing plant in St. Johns. The expansion is expected to create up to 534 new Michigan jobs, including up to 150 directly by the company. Assistance offered through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) helped convince the company to expand in Michigan over competing sites in Mexico, Brazil, Spain and Kentucky. The city of St. Johnshas also approved three abatements worth $26.1 million to support the project.

“MAHLE sincerely appreciates the efforts of the MEDC and St. Johns city officials to make this expansion possible,” MAHLE Product Group Piston Rings Vice-President Milton Laugenio said. “We look forward to continued success in the St. Johns community.”

The governorannounced that nine company expansions and two redevelopment projects were approved by the MEGA board yesterday. Combined, the projects are expected to create and retain 3,901 jobs and generate $179.1 million in new investment in the state.

Since January 2005, the Governor and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation have announced the creation or retention of more than 241,000 jobs as a result of targeted assistance provided by the MEDC.

“The MEDC and the community of St. Johns worked together to make a strong business case to win this expansion,” MEDC President and CEO James C. Epolito said. “The competition for new corporate investment and jobs has never been more intense, and this project demonstrates the kind of strong collaboration necessary to do economic development in today’s global economy.” 

MAHLE GmbH is a leading manufacturer of components for the automotive and heavy duty engine industries. It is one of the world’s top 30 Tier 1 suppliers. The expansion announced today in St. Johns will accommodate the manufacture of high-value-added, high-technology, heavy duty piston rings. The company currently has 935 employees in Michigan, including 311 at St. Johns.

“The city of St. Johns appreciates the collaborative effort between the state of Michigan, Clinton County Economic Alliance and city staff to support this project,”Mayor Dana Beaman said. “We especially want to thank MAHLE Engine Components USA for choosing St. Johns for their expansion and for making this major investment in our community.”

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