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Gov. Whitmer announces infrastructure investment to win 534 jobs, bring home $868 million to Muskegon and Saginaw counties

LANSING, Mich. - Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced $1.7 million in road funding grants will be awarded to two counties and one city through the Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF). These grants will support a total of 534 new and existing jobs and $868 million of private investment in Muskegon and Saginaw counties. 

"Today's investments in infrastructure will help us fix the damn roads in Muskegon and Saginaw counties and bring home $868 million supporting 534 jobs,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “Michigan’s economy is on the move because of our hardworking people, innovative businesses, and resilient communities, and if we keep working together to invest in the infrastructure and programs they need to succeed, we can keep moving our state forward. This grant is the latest in a long line of economic development-related investments we have made to secure billions in investment, creating and retaining nearly 15,000 good-paying jobs. I will work with anyone to advance our economic development and invest in our infrastructure so we can create opportunities for families and help people get to work, pick their kids up from school, or take the family on a road trip without worrying about blowing a tire or cracking an axle."  

"Thanks to new federal laws I helped pass, like the CHIPS and Science Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we are supporting major economic development projects that are creating good-paying jobs," said U.S. Representative Dan Kildee. "This infrastructure investment will help Hemlock's planned investment that will boost our state's manufacturing capabilities, help to fix supply chain issues and support high-wage jobs for Michiganders. In Congress, I will continue working to bring back manufacturing jobs to mid-Michigan."

"This $1 million investment is critical to our ability to creating good paying jobs in Muskegon and Muskegon County but to maintaining those jobs and attracting additional investment,” said State Rep. Terry Sabo, D-Muskegon. "I look forward to working with all our partners to build a brighter future for our community and improving our infrastructure." 

TEDF Grant Distribution

Muskegon County Road Commission, industry: Global Life Science Solutions USA (Cytiva)
TEDF Category A grant award

City of Muskegon, industry: Northern Biomedical Research
TEDF Category A Grant Award


Saginaw County Road Commission, industry: Hemlock Semiconductor
TEDF Category A Grant Award

Total TEDF grant awards $1,683,600

Grant Recipient: Muskegon County Road Commission
The Muskegon County Road Commission will add a left-turn lane and right-turn tapers along Whitehall Road to improve capacity and safety for access to the Global Life Science Solutions USA (Cytiva) property. These improvements are integral for the redevelopment and full use of this parcel by Cytiva. 

"The grant to improve Whitehall Road is an integral part of the traffic access to and from the development site and Cytiva’s $430 million investment," said Ken Hulka, managing director of the Muskegon County Road Commission. "Work along Whitehall Road will improve all-season access to the Cytiva property for their new workforce and their trucking operations, while also improving the flow of traffic along the road for the motoring public." 

Cytiva is a global provider of technologies and services that advance and accelerate the development and manufacturing of therapeutics. They are a trusted partner to customers that undertake life-saving activities ranging from biological research to developing innovative vaccines, biologic drugs, and novel cell and gene therapies. The company has made significant investments, resulting in the creation of 202 jobs.

"These road improvements will allow Cytiva to increase trucking and passenger vehicle traffic to/from the site and will improve capacity and safety for access to this site," said Sofie Stille, general manager of Cytiva Resins and Technology. 

The total cost of the road project is $508,691. The Category A share of construction is $400,000, or 79 percent of the total project costs. The remaining construction match of $108,691 will be provided by the Muskegon County Road Commission.   

Grant Recipient: City of Muskegon
The City of Muskegon will build an extension of Olthoff Drive by approximately 0.3 miles to provide road and utility access for the new site of Northern Biomedical Research (NBR). Currently, there is no public road access to the property proposed for redevelopment as it was the site of a former Michigan Department of Corrections facility.   

"This road extension project is critical to allowing Northern Biomedical Research to proceed with construction of a new 125,000-square-foot facility that allows for future expansion up to 300,000 square feet," said interim Muskegon City Manager LeighAnn Mikesell. "The new facility will result in the immediate retention of 75 full-time jobs and the creation of an additional 87 new full-time jobs over the next three years. The Northern Biomedical Research project is a massive $68 million investment in themselves and the city of Muskegon that helps kickstart the redevelopment of a large area within the Port City Industrial Park that has been left idled in the wake of state prison closings and consolidations." 

Northern Biomedical Research is an internationally recognized biomedical research facility conducting industry-leading studies to find treatments and cures for currently incurable diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Huntington's, and ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). The proposed project will allow them to expand their research into finding cures for additional diseases, like heart disease, age-related macular degeneration, and glaucoma.   

"Extension of Olthoff Drive and improvements in surrounding infrastructure will pave the way for future expansion of the Port City Industrial Park," said Shane Woods, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Northern Biomedical Research. "NBR appreciates the support of the City of Muskegon and MDOT and looks forward to continuing to be a supporting member of the Muskegon business community, providing stable, high-quality life science jobs within Muskegon."    

The total cost of the road project is $973,367. The Category A share of construction is $630,000, or 65 percent. The remaining construction match of $343,367 will be provided by the City of Muskegon.

Grant Recipient: Saginaw County Road Commission 
As part of a $375 million expansion, Hemlock Semiconductor (HSC) is building a new 205,000-square-foot building at their existing location on Geddes Road in Thomas Township. This expansion requires the installation of a new sanitary force main under Geddes Road. In addition, the pavement on Geddes Road is nearing the end of its operational life and needs replacement. These improvements will allow HSC to continue with their expansion that will result in the creation of 170 jobs over the next three years.  

"Saginaw County Road Commission, MDOT, and Hemlock Semiconductor are working together to reconstruct Geddes Road for HSC's expansion with a Category A Grant," said Nick Hornak, engineering assistant with the Saginaw County Road Commission. "The proposed project would support HSC's vision of connecting and energizing the world we all share. The road improvements would not only address the needed construction to incorporate a sanitary line to the facility but would also improve the quality and capacity of the road."

"Geddes Road must be in top shape for Hemlock Semiconductor to safely operate at the highest level, and MDOT's enhancements to the road will enable our continued growth and, ultimately, our ability to compete in a global economy," said HSC Chairman and CEO AB Ghosh. 

The overall cost of the road project is $947,180. The Category A grant award is $653,600, or 69 percent. The Saginaw County Road Commission, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), and HSC are contributing $293,580 in matching funds.  

About Transportation Economic Development Fund Grants
Enacted in 1987 and reauthorized in 1993, 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