Wednesday, November 19, 2014
LANSING, Mich. – STEC USA, a subsidiary of Chinese automaker Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC), is establishing a new facility in the City of Madison Heights with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today. The expansion is expected to generate $15 million in new private investment and add 176 new jobs.
“STEC USA’s decision to establish its North American headquarters in Michigan tells global companies that Michigan holds great opportunities for growing their business,” said MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney. “Michigan leads the country in new manufacturing jobs creation, and the new jobs resulting from this investment will keep us moving in the right direction.”
STEC USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Shanghai SIIC Transportation Electric Co., Ltd. (STEC), which is a subsidiary of China’s largest automotive OEM, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation. Shanghai-based STEC produces power window regulators, electronic horns and other electronic parts for China’s auto industry. STEC USA has been awarded several General Motors programs and needs to establish a presence in North America. The company plans to establish a new headquarters and manufacturing operations in an existing facility in the City of Madison Heights. The operations will include research and development, warehousing and assembly in addition to manufacturing window regulator components. The project will generate a total capital investment of nearly $15.1 million and create 176 jobs, resulting in a $700,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Missouri. The City of Madison Heights has offered support to the project in the form of locally established programs including “I-Connect” and/or the use of local brownfield grant funds. Individuals interested in career opportunities with STEC USA should visit www.mitalent.org.
Gov. Rick Snyder first discussed Michigan’s advantages as an expansion location with SAIC leadership in Shanghai, China during trade missions to China in 2011 and 2012. Snyder is leading a state delegation on a seven-day investment mission to China this week to promote tourism to Michigan and build upon recent successes in attracting new job-creation business investments during meetings with government officials, business leaders and news media in that country.
The Michigan Business Development Program provides grants, loans and other economic assistance to qualified businesses that make investments or create jobs in Michigan, with preference given to businesses that need additional assistance for deal-closing and for second stage gap financing.
The MSF considers a number of factors in making these awards, including: out-of-state competition, private investment in the project, business diversification opportunities, near-term job creation, wage and benefit levels of the new jobs, and net-positive return to the state. Business retention and retail projects are not eligible for consideration of these incentives.
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For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit michiganbusiness.org. For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org. Michigan residents interested in seeking employment with any of Michigan’s growing companies should check mitalent.org, where more than 87,000 jobs are currently available in a variety of industries.