State transportation economic development grant to upgrade West Entrance Drive in Auburn Hills

Contact: Michael Leon, TEDF Program Manager, Office of Economic Development, 517-241-2568
Agency: Transportation

November 14, 2018 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has awarded a $300,000 Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) Category A grant to the City of Auburn Hills for reconstruction of West Entrance Drive. The grant will leverage $51,000,060 in private investment, at a private/public ratio of 170-to-1.      

West Entrance Drive is a business park roadway that was not designed to accommodate heavy commercial traffic. FANUC America Corp. is the global leader in automation for manufacturing. FANUC provides product and system engineering, product and system manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, training, and customer service. Due to increased sales, the company needed to expand. It considered a location in Illinois before deciding to locate its new manufacturing and warehousing facility in Auburn Hills, adjacent to its headquarters in Rochester Hills.

The company will be manufacturing and warehousing heavy machinery at this location, which requires all-season access to allow the company to ship full loads throughout the year. To accommodate the needs of FANUC, the City of Auburn Hills will reconstruct West Entrance Drive to all-season standards. These improvements will support FANUC's decision to add 75 new jobs and retain 160 existing jobs. 

"FANUC America Corp. appreciates that the City of Auburn Hills and MDOT plans to upgrade West Entrance Drive," said John Jarvis, FANUC America Corp. director - operations. "The new road will support increased traffic to FANUC and neighboring businesses in the Oakland Technology Park."

The total cost of the project is $2,525,000, including $300,000 in TEDF Category A funding and $2,225,000 from the City of Auburn Hills.

Enacted in 1987 and reauthorized in 1993, the TEDF helps finance highway, road and street projects that are critical to the movement of people and products, and getting workers to their jobs, materials to growers and manufacturers, and finished goods to consumers.

TEDF "Category A" or "Targeted Industries Program" grants provide state funding for public roadway improvements that allow road agencies to respond quickly to the transportation needs of expanding companies and eliminate inadequate roadways as an obstacle to private investment and job creation. Eligible road agencies include MDOT, county road commissions, cities and villages. More information about the program is available online at www.michigan.gov/tedf.