GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Three new projects are expected to bring $84 million and 600 new jobs to West Michigan, thanks to the approval of $2.65 million in Michigan Business Development Program incentives.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) approved the money from the Michigan Strategic Fund to help three companies expand and create jobs.
A $1.6-million incentive is going to Amway for it to build a new facility in Ada for its NUTRILITE brand.
The expansion is expected to create 50 jobs immediately and a total of 200 over a three-year period. Construction is scheduled to start this year, with production going online in late 2014.
A $300,000-incentive will help Center Manufacturing expand in Byron Township. The company already has five manufacturing sites in Michigan, and it needs to expand to support business from a new line of recreational vehicles by Honda Power Sports.
50 jobs will be created immediately from the expansion. A total of 100 jobs are expected to be created over a three-year period.
MedDirect, Inc. is getting $750,000 to open a new facility its home city of Grand Rapids.
The company explored other states for its expansion, but chose to stay in Michigan because of the local work force and infrastructure. It plans to create up to 300 new jobs over the next three years.
Economic business and development center The Right Place was instrumental in getting those Kent County companies funding.
"I just think they're such diverse companies, which is indicative of the diversity of the businesses we have in West Michigan, which is what's continuing to help us grow and remain strong, " said Susan Jackson of The Right Place.
The cities and townships in which those companies are based are also expected to help finance the expansions.
Three other West Michigan companies also received incentives to encourage job growth.
Muskegon Casting will add 55 jobs, M2 Enterprises will add 44, and Huntington Foam is adding 30.
A man is in jail, allegedly connected to 14 burglaries that occurred in Cass County this month.
A sheriff's deputy car and a Michigan State Police SUV were among the damaged vehicles.
Broadmoor Avenue has reopened after it was shut down due to a four-vehicle crash in Caledonia.