Friday, April 02, 1999
Doug Rothwell, Chief Executive Officer and Department Director of the Michigan Jobs Commission, announced today that the Michigan Jobs Commission has approved a $98,318 economic development infrastructure grant to the City of Escanaba, Delta County. This grant, funded through the Michigan Renaissance Fund, for Ross's Frozen Custard, Inc. Infrastructure Project will be used for sanitary and storm sewer extensions, a 30-foot wide roadway with curb and gutter, electrical upgrades, and a natural gas line extension. The project is expected to result in the creation of 11 new full-time jobs. "By improving the quality of infrastructure, the City of Escanaba will have the resources it needs to accommodate Ross's Frozen Custard, Inc., as well as benefit from the new jobs created by this project," said Rothwell. Ross's Frozen Custard, Inc., began in 1989 as a restaurant serving hamburgers, fries, and frozen custard in Kewaunee, Wisconsin. In the fall of 1992, this restaurant was sold and the following summer Ross's Frozen Custard opened in Escanaba, Michigan with a similar menu. In the fall of 1993, Ross's Frozen Custard Manufacturing began remanufacturing frozen custard machines. In 1994, the Escanaba, Michigan restaurant was sold to Wendy's International, and in 1995 the company switched from remanufacturing to manufacturing new frozen custard machines. By 1998, gross revenues had reached $2 million. 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.