Michigan adds nearly 600 jobs in auto, EV and semiconductors – MLive.com

by | May 25, 2022 | Jobs

Michigan’s global leadership in auto manufacturing and mobility solutions is being boosted with nearly 600 new jobs across the state.The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced new projects and business expansions in key industries such as auto manufacturing, electric vehicle testing and the semiconductor supply chain.The job creation is a result of a bipartisan package that funnels $1 billion of state funds into pots of money for attracting large business projects, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said.The fund was created after Michigan lost out on an $11.4 billion electric vehicle investment from Ford Motor Company.General Motors was the first to dip into the state economic incentive fund and in turn made company history when it invested $7 billion into four Michigan manufacturing sites. That boost alongside the state incentives has opened the doors to new investments, Whitmer said.“We will continue building on our leadership in mobility and electrification solutions by supporting business growth in our communities,” she said. “Our economy is growing and thanks to projects like these, we will keep moving Michigan forward.”Here’s where those job creations will take place across the state:Southeast MichiganSt. Clair County will become home to Axiom Engineered Systems’ first U.S. facility and add more than 200 jobs in Michigan’s lower thumb.The company specializes in thermoplastic injection molding of various components, including product design services, prototype development, manufacturing feasibility and testing/validation services. Axiom’s customer base includes most major automotive OEMs throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Italy.Looking to increase production and fulfill additional contracts, Axiom will expand in Michigan with its first U.S. plastic injection molding facility. An existing building in the village of Capac will house operations for plastic injection manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, and administration.The Capac location has already secured more than $50 million in new business and will begin operations within an eight-month timeframe, said Axiom Group President & CEO Perry Rizzo.“We are pleased to announce our continued expansion plans in the United States with Michigan as a strategic location for servicing our current customer base,” Rizzo said.The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $13.3 million and is supported by a $1.24 million Michigan Business Development Program grant. Capac was chosen for the project over other competing locations in the U.S, according to the MEDC.“Axiom will be bringing many jobs providing livable wages to an area of the …

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