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LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to announce that Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining provider Aerostar Manufacturing is expanding its operations in the city of Romulus, where it will create up to 62 jobs for Michigan workers.
The expansion is expected to generate a total capital investment of $8.6 million, supported by a $200,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen for the project over competing sites in Georgia and Indiana.
“My administration has been laser focused on growing our economy. We’re working hard in a bipartisan fashion to ensure Michigan’s business climate and talented manufacturing workforce can thrive and create more jobs. That work paid off over the last year, and my administration added 220,000 jobs to help businesses bounce back,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “Today, we’re celebrating Aerostar’s expansion in our state. This is great news for workers, their families, and our economy as we continue putting Michiganders first.”
Aerostar Manufacturing, headquartered in the city of Romulus, specializes in CNC machining and assembly for the automotive, heavy truck, defense, aerospace and other key industries and markets. The company currently has 131 employees in Michigan.
Aerostar is growing rapidly and plans to establish a new manufacturing facility in Romulus for light to medium manufacturing, CNC machining, assembly, and other related industrial activities.
“After a careful analysis, we decided to expand our operations in the state of Michigan vis-a-vis states of Georgia or Indiana. We are thankful to Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Detroit Region Aerotropolis Development Corporation and the city of Romulus in helping us navigate every step of the application process in order to obtain various state and local benefits,” said Aerostar Manufacturing CEO Lalit Goel. “In the end it wasn’t just the dollars and cents, but many intangibles like manufacturing infrastructure, trained workforce and being close to many world class existing and potential customers in Michigan that tipped the scale in Michigan’s favor.”
Aerostar is a minority owned business and more than 50 percent of its workforce is from minority or underrepresented communities. The company promotes from within through on-the-job and external training. In addition, Aerostar assists employees with childcare or wraparound services by collaborating with partnerships and nonprofits. Individuals interested in careers with Aerostar should visit https://www.aerostarmfg.com/careers/.
“Congratulations to the entire Aerostar team on your tremendous growth and success! We appreciate your continued vote of confidence in our state and in our workforce,” said Quentin Messer, Jr., CEO of the MEDC and President and Chair of the Michigan Strategic Fund. “This project is a win for Southeast Michigan and for the entire state. We are grateful to the Governor and legislators for the continued support of the Michigan Business Development Program. We’re proud to join our local partners as we celebrate Aerostar’s expansion in Michigan and look forward to working together to grow, add jobs and provide greater opportunity for our friends and neighbors.”
The Detroit Region Aerotropolis has approved a 50-percent property tax abatement in support of the project.
“This was truly a team effort,” said Detroit Region Aerotropolis Development Corporation Executive Director Christopher Girdwood. “We are fortunate to have great partners in the MEDC, Wayne County and the City of Romulus.”
About Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
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