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Granholm: 30 New Behr Jobs in Comstock Park, Company's Michigan Prospects Good

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Michael Shore, MEDC
(517) 335-4590

Governor's Meeting with Company Officials in Germany Productive

After meeting with Behr Industries director Klaus Woessner in Stuttgart, Germany today, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced that the company will soon add approximately 30 new workers in Comstock Park and that prospects for Behr's future growth at its other Michigan locations are "very promising."

"We are so focused on an effective international automotive strategy for the simple reason that it means jobs for Michigan workers and today we are happy for this good news for those in the Grand Rapids area," Granholm said. "When Behr moved its North American headquarters from South Carolina a few years ago, it spoke volumes about Michigan's value to high-tech automotive companies. Behr's Troy location is becoming its second most important development center after its global headquarters in Stuttgart."

"Behr brought a highly sophisticated manufacturing expertise to the Grand Rapids community that has added valuable diversification and strengthened our region's economy," noted Right Place, Inc. President Birgit Klohs, who is traveling with Granholm in Germany this week. "The further expansion of the company's workforce here is very welcome news."

Behr Industry provides customized vehicle cooling and climate control solutions for the railroad, shipbuilding and defense industries, for buses and construction machines, and for large stationary engines.