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 […]
Governor Rick Snyder
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 CLIFF AND NANCY HILL For the ninth year in a row your locally owned and original hometown newspaper, The Rockford Squire, was present Labor Day morning to participate in the 54th annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk. Wanting to be in the first wave of walkers on Labor Day morning, we awoke at 4 a.m. in the middle of the night to drag ourselves out of bed, shower, down ½ a bagel (Herman’s Boy, of course) with ½ cup of bad motel coffee and head off to the bus staging area to grab a seat on the first group of 5 buses to transport walkers across the Mighty Mac to the walk’s origin in St. Ignace in the U.P., eh. A throng of 36,000 people was on hand to walk the bridge that morning, down from 42,000 in 2010. The lesser number perhaps, was the result of the poor economy, high gas prices, unseasonably cool and windy weather, or a combination of all three. Never the less, the traditional bridge walk faithful always show up, some year after year, to participate in what for many is an event on their “bucket list”. So promptly at 7 a.m., following a select group of Michigan runners, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, along with an entourage of 100+ staff and supporters, headed off over the bridge towards the finish line in Mackinaw City aided by a strong wind at their backs. This wasn’t a political event, but never the less, the Governor and his party all sported lime green t-shirts with a sprinting dog and the words, “We work in dog years.” For the uninitiated the analogy was meant to convey that the Governor and his party had accomplished more in one year than previous administrations had accomplished in seven. You know the old expression; “a dog lives the equivalent of seven human years in one year of its life”. Shortly after the start of the walk, your reporters overtook and worked their way through the governor’s party. Being very competitive, we found ourselves with a select few people striving to reach the walk’s finish line in their personal best time. Toward that goal, we achieved admirably, finishing the 5-mile walk in 59 minutes, 36 seconds. Our bridge […]