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Governor Announces $113,400 Infrastructure Grant For Sandstone and Summit Townships

Monday, September 14, 1998

Jim Tobin
(517) 335-4590

Michigan Jobs Commission Joins Townships and Wolverine Metal Specialties in Check Presentation CeremoniesGovernor John Engler announced today that the Michigan Jobs Commission has approved a $113,400 economic development infrastructure grant to the townships of Sandstone and Summit, Jackson County. Approval of the grant, which will be used to accommodate the planned expansion of Wolverine Metal Specialties, was celebrated in Sandstone Township as Michigan Jobs Commission officials were on-hand to participate in a formal check presentation ceremony. The grant, funded through the Michigan Renaissance Fund, will be used for infrastructure improvements, including the installation of a 12-inch water main. The water main will enable Wolverine Metal Specialties, which is located within Sandstone Township, to hook up to municipal water service and abandon the existing well system which is currently located inside of the manufacturing facility. Sandstone Township has no municipal water system, making it necessary to hook up to Summit Township's municipal system. Summit Township's government will also host a check presentation ceremony, which will be held in October. "By improving the quality of infrastructure, Sandstone Township will have the resources it needs to accommodate Wolverine Metal Specialties, as well as benefit from the new jobs created by this project," said Governor Engler. As a result of this project, Wolverine Metal Specialties expects to create 13 new jobs. The company is a division of Elco-Textron, a subsidiary of Textron, Inc. Wolverine Metal Specialties is an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Tier 1, 2, and 3 supplier to the automotive industry. Wolverine specializes in medium to heavy stampings and resistance welded assemblies. The company's largest customers include Toyota, Nissan and Textron. Current employment at the Sandstone Township location is 137 people. The Michigan Jobs Commission, which administers the Michigan Renaissance Fund, works in partnership with local communities and Michigan businesses to retain and expand job opportunities and improve Michigan's overall business climate.