Faurecia North America, a global leader in automotive parts manufacturing, has repeatedly committed to Michigan in the last two years. In 2005, the company selected Troy as their North American headquarters and earlier this year announced that they would be expanding or building six new manufacturing facilities in North America, including three here in Michigan.
Faurecia chose to consolidate technical and administrative operations in Auburn Hills over competing sites in Ohio, is expanding their Sterling Heights manufacturing facility, and is locating a new facility in Fraser. The Sterling Heights and Fraser plants will produce seating and interior components for automobiles.
“A highly skilled workforce, targeted tax incentives, and an excellent business climate helped Faurecia North America to stay, grow, and create jobs here in Michigan,” said Granholm.
Granholm also emphasized that while there is still much work to be done, her plan to transform Michigan’s economy is beginning to pay dividends.
• last week, Internet giant Google announced they were opening a headquarters in Ann Arbor for their new AdWords division, creating 1,000 new jobs.
• Granholm’s two trade missions to Japan have resulted in over $200 million of investment and have attracted more than 1,000 new jobs to Michigan.
• Kellogg is moving their U.S. snacks division from Illinois to Michigan, creating an additional 650 jobs in Battle Creek and Wyoming.
• Whirlpool announced the company is consolidating its administrative operations in Michigan, creating more than 400 jobs in Benton Harbor.
• United Solar Ovonics, an alternative energy company, is relocating to Greenville.
• Advanced Photonix, a California-based technology company, chose to move their offices to Ann Arbor.
• Hemlock Semiconductors is expanding in Saginaw.
• American Axle chose Detroit over México.
“It is good news that companies like Google and Faurecia North America are choosing Michigan,” Granholm said, “but we will continue to demand that the Bush Administration stand up for manufacturing by fighting for fair trade, and we will continue to go anywhere and do anything to bring jobs to Michigan.”
The Governor’s “Jobs Today, Jobs Tomorrow” economic plan targets:
• Improving the state’s business climate by eliminating more than $4 billion in budget deficits; cutting business taxes, including a $600 million tax cut for manufacturers; reducing permitting time for businesses and making permits available online; and spending state dollars with Michigan companies.
• Connecting workers to available jobs through the MI Opportunity Partnership. By partnering with businesses and community colleges, the program has already helped more than 100,000 people get jobs.
• Creating jobs today by accelerating ten years of public infrastructure projects into three years. More than 40,000 jobs will be created while our roads and bridges are improved, older nursing homes are modernized, and environmentally-contaminated land is made usable again.
• Preparing all students for success by increasing public education funding to a record high, pushing for and signing a new rigorous core curriculum for high schools, doubling the number of college graduates in ten years, and giving every child a $4,000 New Merit Award scholarship.
• Diversifying Michigan’s economy through the 21st Century Jobs Fund, a $2 billion investment in alternative energy, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, and homeland security/defense technology.
• Expanding access to affordable health care through the MiRx Card that cuts the cost of prescription drugs for those without coverage and the Michigan First Health Care Plan that will make affordable health care available to every Michigan citizen.
A copy of the Governor’s Jobs Today, Jobs Tomorrow economic plan is available in book form on the Governor’s website at www.michigan.gov/gov