Michigan ranked high in business expansion, ‘outstanding news for jobs’

LANSING—Site Selection magazine recently named Michigan the No. 4 state for major new corporate facilities and expansions in 2012, said Sen. John Proos.

Site Selection, a global business publication, verified 337 projects in Michigan that met capital investment, job-creation or size standards as part of its annual Governor’s Cup ranking, putting the state behind only Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

“During the past two years, we have passed bold reforms to declare to the world that Michigan is open for business,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “This latest ranking for business growth is outstanding news for jobs — both statewide and in Southwest Michigan.

“This is also another illustration that our efforts to put Michigan on the right road are working. We’ve added jobs for two years in a row and more companies are choosing to locate and create jobs in Michigan.”

An example of a new corporate project located in Southwest Michigan is Hark Orchids’ new propagation facility in Kalamazoo, the company’s first global expansion outside of Germany. The facility is currently under construction and plans to hire about 30 area residents this summer.

“The tough and important steps we’ve taken to transform Michigan into a state that encourages job growth and investment are being noticed and rewarded by entrepreneurs,” Proos said. “I am proud to call Southwest Michigan home and am excited to see more job creators are deciding to do the same.

“Most importantly, I am committed to building upon our accomplishments to help create the good, long-term jobs that will allow our children and grandchildren to choose to call Michigan home as well.”

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Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Proos are available on the senator’s webpage at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Podcasts.”