Kellogg's Continued Commitment to Michigan
It's always great news when a Michigan company continues to invest in our state -- especially a great Made-in-Michigan company like Kellogg.
However, when I learned that Kellogg chose Grand Rapids as the home of its new North American Shared Services center, I wanted to be sure that the company was maintaining its commitment to its hometown of Battle Creek. I grew up there and want to know that workers in town can count on Kellogg's dedication to the community.
So I called Kellogg CEO John Bryant to speak with him about the company's decision. I'm happy to report that Kellogg is reaffirming its dedication to doing business in Michigan, particularly at their headquarters in Battle Creek.
One really exciting project is the company's Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Institute for Food and Nutrition Research. It was awarded a ten-year agricultural processing Renaissance Zone beginning in January 1, 2009. Under the development agreement, the project featured a 157,000 square-foot expansion and the construction of an office space to accommodate 300 full-time jobs.
To date, Kellogg has reported a total investment of $66.2 million in the Renaissance Zone, more than 500 people working at the facility, an investment of $40 million in real property, and $26.2 million in personal property as of December 31, 2011. That's great news for Kellogg and for the people of Battle Creek.
As for the company's decision to base its Service Center in Grand Rapids, I learned that Kellogg had considered nine potential locations for its new facility, many of which were outside of Michigan. The fact is, the company could have gone anywhere in the country - indeed in the world.
But Kellogg chose to stay true to its Michigan roots and decided on Grand Rapids for its new facility. As Bryant recently wrote, "Keeping jobs in our company's home state was a particularly important consideration."
The location is expected to have 300 to 600 jobs -- and that's good news for Michiganders. In a larger context, today Kellogg has approximately 30,000 employees worldwide -- about 3,500 of those workers are in Michigan, and of those, over 2,500 are in Battle Creek. That's something we can all be proud of.
"Made in Michigan" really means something. Whether it's a product that's grown here, processed or manufactured, a hardworking Michigander helped make it happen. We should be loud and proud about Michigan-made products, and I encourage companies like Kellogg to continue investing in our state.