Business expansion leads to more and better jobs across Michigan

By Josh Paciorek | February 26, 2014

More and better jobs are headed to Michigan after the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced the approval of economic development projects that are expected to generate $362 million in investment and 1,444 new jobs. 

In Oscoda Township, Kalitta Air received a $2 million grant to help them construct a new 80,000 square foot airplane hangar.  The company, led by CEO Connie Kalitta, flies cargo to destinations across the world.  The expansion is expected to create upwards of 200 jobs, and Kalitta said he’s happy to be growing in Michigan.

“We’re the largest employer north of Bay City,” Kalitta said.  “I’d say that’s pretty significant.  It takes quality people.  We’ve got one of the best organizations there are.”
Richard Bray, the director of Kalitta Air Power Plants, said that he believes nearly 90% of the people that work at Kalitta Air are from the surrounding region.

The Michigan-based company has been aggressively expanding in recent years, finishing a new addition to their facility two years ago and building a new machine shop this year. 
“We’re very proud of what we have here.  It’s a good, well-oiled machine,” Kalitta said.

The MEDC also announced on Tuesday funding for other projects.  Ebersp√§echer North America, Inc. received a grant that will help them build a new facility in Brighton, creating 545 new jobs and generating $122 million in total capital investment.  The German-based company chose Michigan over a competing site in South Carolina. 

In Ann Arbor, TD Ameritrade is going to open a new technology center that will be home to up to 50 new jobs.  And on the campus of Michigan State University, the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams received $100 million to bring scientists from around the world to East Lansing.  MSU expects the FRIB to create almost 400 full-time jobs in the next decade. 

For more information on these and other projects at the MEDC, please visit http://www.michiganbusiness.org/#home-intro.