Marleau applauds $10M business development grant

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Marleau announced on Tuesday that the Michigan Strategic Fund has awarded a $10 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant to Samsung SDI America for the creation of a manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills.

“Samsung SDI America has 130 Michigan-based employees, and this project is expected to create more than 400 jobs,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “This is tremendous news for the community of Auburn Hills and the whole state.”

Samsung SDI manufactures rechargeable batteries for the IT industry, auto industry and energy storage systems, as well as cutting-edge materials used to produce semiconductors, displays and solar panels. The Auburn Hills plant will be the company’s first high-volume automotive battery pack manufacturing facility in the United States and its principal North American electric vehicle battery pack manufacturing location.

“In addition to 400 new jobs, the project is expected to generate a total capital investment of more than $60 million,” Marleau said.

The lawmaker said Michigan was chosen over strong domestic and international competition.

Marleau applauds $3.9M transportation grants to Pontiac, Auburn Hills

Sen. Jim Marleau

Sen. Jim Marleau

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Marleau on Thursday cheered the decision by the Michigan Department of Transportation to award a $3.6 million Transportation Economic Development Fund grant to the city of Pontiac and a $300,000 TEDF grant to the city of Auburn Hills.

“This is great news for these two cities,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “We all know what terrible shape many of our roads are in; this grant money will benefit companies in the area as well as the public.”

Marleau said the Pontiac grant will be used to reconstruct and resurface Centerpoint Parkway from South Boulevard to Opdyke Road to improve ride quality. While sections of Centerpoint Parkway reconstructed in 2010 have held up well, other sections are deteriorating.

Two companies, Williams International and United Shore Financial Services, said the proposed road improvements were a significant factor in their decisions to relocate their operations to Pontiac.

The Auburn Hills grant will be used for reconstruction of West Entrance Drive, a business park roadway that was not designed to accommodate heavy commercial traffic.

FANUC America Corp., the global leader in automation for manufacturing, decided to locate its new manufacturing and warehousing facility in Auburn Hills. To accommodate the needs of FANUC, the city of Auburn Hills will reconstruct West Entrance Drive to all-season standards, supporting FANUC’s decision to add 75 new jobs and retain 160 existing jobs.