Proos: Kay Manufacturing will add 80 jobs thanks to state grant

LANSING—Sen. John Proos congratulated the Kay Manufacturing Company on Thursday for receiving a grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) that will help them expand their operations in St. Joseph Charter Township and create 80 jobs.

“This is outstanding news for St. Joseph Township and the entire Southwest Michigan region,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I applaud Kay Manufacturing for their dedication to our community and the entire state. I also want to thank the Michigan Strategic Fund and St. Joseph Township officials for helping create jobs in Michigan by making this expansion a reality.

“It is an illustration of the great strides we can make to reinvent Michigan by working together.”

Kay Manufacturing, based in Calumet City, Ill., provides value-added precision machining services of forged material to domestic automotive subassemblies on a production basis. The company plans to expand into a 120,000-square-foot facility in St. Joseph Charter Township, creating 80 jobs and investing $9.3 million.

As a result of the expansion, Kay Manufacturing has been awarded a $350,000 Michigan Business Development Program (MBDP) incentive. In addition, St. Joseph Township is expected to approve a 12-year tax abatement valued at $321,000.

“These grants are extremely targeted and very competitive,” Proos said. “Without the hard work and cooperation of St. Joseph Township, the state and Kay Manufacturing, this expansion and the jobs it will bring to Southwest Michigan would never have happened.”

The grant was part of action by the MSF board to support four business expansions that are expected to generate nearly $46 million in investment and add 223 jobs in Michigan.

MBDP grants are available to eligible businesses that create qualified new jobs and/or make qualified new investment in Michigan. The qualified new jobs must be held by Michigan residents and be in addition to those maintained in Michigan prior to the project.

All projects are subject to an application and due diligence process conducted by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Then grants must be approved by the MSF board, which may consider nearly a dozen factors, such as out-of-state competition, net-positive return to Michigan, and levels of job creation and wages for the new jobs.

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