A Chinese bearing manufacturer will invest nearly $26 million to establish a new U.S. headquarters and technical center in Northville Township, creating 125 jobs, Gov. Rick Snyder said Monday after returning from an eight-day investment mission to China. Snyder met with leaders of CW Bearings, USA, Inc. in Shanghai on Saturday before his return to Michigan. It was the final meeting in a week that included sessions with government leaders, businesses and journalists to expand export markets for Michigan-made goods, increase investment in businesses located in the state and promote Michigan as a tourism destination – all of which will create more and better jobs. “CW Bearing’s decision to locate its U.S. headquarters in Southeast Michigan signals to corporate leaders across the globe that the Great Lakes State offers great opportunities for their business expansion,” Snyder said. “This comes as we return from a busy, productive week developing and strengthening relationships that will lead to new investments, new export opportunities, and more jobs for Michiganders and our communities.” CW Bearing, founded in 1984, has locations in California, North Carolina and Michigan. The company produces bearing components used in electronic power steering systems that are gradually replacing hydraulic steering systems. The company plans to build a facility in Northville Township to house its U.S. headquarters, an engineering and technical center, and advanced manufacturing operations. The project will generate a total capital investment of $25.9 million and create 125 jobs, resulting in a $550,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in other states. Northville Township has offered support to the project in the form of property tax abatement. “CW Bearing and all of its employees want to thank the state of Michigan for this grant and the support in helping us to make this project a reality,” said Jay Click, CW Bearing USA director of sales. “This facility, located in Northville Township near the heart of the North American auto industry, will allow us to better support our ‘Customer First’ philosophy by increasing both our global manufacturing and technical capabilities, allowing us to bring more value and versatility to our growing customers. “We look forward to continued support from the state and local government as we continue to expand our operations […]
Gov. Rick Snyder today thanked Justice Mary Beth Kelly for her service on the state Supreme Court, after the announcement she will retire Oct. 1. “Justice Kelly has shown tremendous leadership and dedication during her time on the Supreme Court,” Snyder said. “Her advocacy on juvenile justice issues has had a major impact on the state, and she has been instrumental in shaping innovative specialty courts meant to rehabilitate drug offenders and defendants who are veterans. “Her legacy will certainly reflect the time she spent working to change outcomes for some of the state’s most vulnerable residents. I thank her for her unwavering commitment to Michigan’s judicial system and wish her future success.” Kelly was elected to the Supreme Court in 2010, and prior to that she served as a judge on the Wayne County Circuit Court – including several years as chief judge – beginning with her appointment by Gov. John Engler in 1999. The state Constitution authorizes Gov. Snyder to appoint someone to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court for a term ending Jan. 1, 2017. To complete the remaining portion of Justice Kelly’s term, which ends in Dec. 2018, the appointee would need to run for election in Nov. 2016.
By State Sen. Peter MacGregor, 28th District It was not long ago when Michigan’s annual budget process routinely crawled to a halt; twice shutting down state government because a budget was not complete by the October 1 deadline. Back then, Michigan was making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Today, no one blinks an eye when the budget is balanced and signed months ahead of schedule. It is the new normal. Gov. Rick Snyder signed the state’s $54.5 billion Fiscal Year 2016 budget on June 17, the fifth year in a row that we have completed the budget early. I cast my vote for this budget because it continues our commitment to making Michigan the best place to live, work and raise a family. After the failure of Proposal 1, the Legislature was left with developing a new plan to help fix our deteriorating roads and bridges. While we are still working on that solution, we were able to dedicate $400 million in the FY ’16 budget for those immediate transportation needs through reprioritizing existing dollars and an improving economy. While fixing the roads is certainly a priority, there is perhaps no bigger a priority than the education of our children. I am proud to say that the FY ’16 budget increases state funding for education for the fifth year in a row. Traditional public and charter schools will see an increase between $70 and $140 per pupil over last year. The budget also boosts funding for third grade reading programs, which is a key indicator of a student’s future academic success. One thing I am particularly appreciative of is the support we were able to provide for career and technical education programs. These not only help train employees with additional skills, but they also prepare students who are not on track to attend a traditional four year college for careers that are high in demand and pay well, like welding, for example. Public health and safety are also areas that received attention in this budget. Michigan cannot reach its full potential without access to quality health care or safe communities in which to raise our families. The FY ’16 budget maintains funding for rural hospitals to make sure more residents can continue to get care […]