Thursday, October 04, 2007
Bridget Beckman, MEDC
MEDC Assistance Backs Project Creating 40 New Jobs
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a $400,000 grant to Ionia County for road improvements needed to support the expansion of Herbruck Poultry Ranch. The project is expected to create 40 new jobs with private investment of $12 million. The grant is being made available by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation with funds provided by the federal Community Development Block Grant program. An MEDC official presented a ceremonial check to Ionia County officials today.
Operating in Michigan for the past 50 years, Herbruckis the largest producer of organic eggs in the U.S. The company is planning a new cage-free housing facility for 300,000 laying hens and in-line egg processing plant to be located on Grand River Ave. between Jordan Lake and Nash roads.
The Ionia County Board of Commissioners, Ionia County Rural Task Force, Ionia County Road Commission and Berlin and Boston townships will combine to contribute more than $2.4 million to support the project.
The MEDC is able to award approximately $40 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.
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 atwww.MichiganBusiness.org.
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