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MEDC | Business expansions, community improvement project catalyst for new private investment and jobs

Michigan Business Network
August 31, 2018 10:00 AM


LANSING, Mich. – Three business expansions and a community revitalization project that will generate a total of $5.8 million in private investment and create 245 jobs have received Michigan Strategic Fund support, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today.

“These projects will lead to new business growth, good jobs and further investment into these communities,” said Jeff Mason, CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the state’s chief marketing and business attraction arm that administers programs and performs due diligence on behalf of the MSF.


 “We’re pleased to work with our local partners and support these expansions to continue to grow Michigan’s economy,” he said.

dennis groupThe Dennis Engineering Group, LLC, founded in 1987, designs and builds food processing facilities, with a multi-disciplined in-house team that can execute full design-build projects from planning through start-up. The company has more than 400 employees in eight offices throughout North America, South America and Europe. As the largest food design firm in the country, Dennis Group works with the many of the leading global food manufacturers, several of which have roots in the Midwest. As part of its ongoing growth strategy, Dennis Group is establishing operations in an existing location in downtown Battle Creek, which was chosen over competing sites in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. This project will generate a total capital investment of $621,000 and create 65 high-paying, professional jobs. The company has been awarded a $500,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Battle Creek Unlimited has offered an $80,000 cash grant in support of the project. Dennis Group is currently hiring architects and engineers of various disciplines. Information on careers with the company is available at https://www.dennisgroup.com/careers/.

motion dynamics


Motion Dynamics Holdings, LLC, headquartered in Fruitport Township, manufactures custom micro springs, medical coils, and wire components. The company’s main focus is on the design, production, and assembly of high quality wire components for medical device applications, primarily for neurological and cardiology applications such as pacemakers and catheters. Motion Dynamics has outgrown its existing facility in Fruitport Township, requiring the company to construct a 28,000-square-foot addition that will include infrastructure upgrades. The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $3.75 million and create 80 jobs, resulting in a $530,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen for the expansion over a competing site in California.


Fruitport Township officials are in the process of reviewing a request for a 50-percent property tax abatement in support of the project. Individuals interested in careers with Motion Dynamics should visit http://www.motiondc.com/contact-us/careers.


“We are honored that Motion Dynamics has chosen to invest in Fruitport Township,” said County of Muskegon Economic Development Manager Jonathan Wilson. “Their commitment to grow and create jobs in Muskegon County will strengthen our region and provide more jobs for our talented workforce.”  



syncreonsyncreon America, Inc., (“syncreon”) incorporated in 2001, is a global provider of specialized logistics and supply chain solutions to a broad and diverse customer base comprised of multinational and Fortune 500 companies, primarily in the technology and automotive industries. The company manages the logistics and supply chain activities for its customers in their respective key end markets. The company has negotiated a new contract with a major customer and plans to expand its facilities in the state of Michigan, investing $300,000 and creating 100 jobs. As a result, the company has been awarded a $430,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over competing states. Individuals interested in an upcoming job fair or careers with syncreon should visit http://www.syncreoncareers.com/.

The city of Newaygo has been awarded $990,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for façade repairs to the Muskegon River Inn and the North Woods General Store buildings in downtown Newaygo. CDBG funds will be used for a complete façade renovation with extensive masonry work and structural stabilization to the Muskegon River Inn, and for window and door replacement and façade repairs to the front of the North Woods General Store. The project is expected to result in private investment of $1.1 million.


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