Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Michael Shore, MEDC
Hazekamp Meats to Expand, Invest $850,000
"Hazekamp has been creating jobs in Michigan for the last century," said Granholm. "This grant will help them continue to invest in Fruitport, strengthening the community and its workforce."
The grant is being made available to Fruitport Charter Township by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation with funds provided by the federal Community Development Block Grant program.
Fruitport will use the funding to extend the township water system to accommodate the expansion which is currently served by a private well. The township will also contribute an additional $120,000 to the project.
"Not only will phase one of Hazekamp's expansion be made possible by the MEDC grant but the water line extension will also provide water to our residents which is a vital piece of the puzzle in Fruitport Township's long term master plan," Deputy Township Supervisor Tim Tubergen said.
Michigan-based Hazekamp started as a meat-packing facility in 1905. The company has since expanded its capabilities to process other fresh food products and serves major retail companies across the Midwest. The company currently employs 105 people.
The MEDC is able to award approximately $50 million in federal CDBG funds each year. There are 1,655 local governments within the state eligible to apply for these funds. Projects are approved contingent upon compliance with state and federal requirements.
"Basic public infrastructure is the necessary backbone to continued successful economic development," MEDC President and CEO Don Jakeway said. "CDBG grants are a great resource for smaller communities to address the cost and create jobs."
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life. For more information on MEDC initiatives and programs, visit the Web site at www.michigan.org.