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PRESS RELEASE: Newell Brands Designs a Larger Presence in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo, MI – Newell Brands Inc. is expanding its 40,000-square-foot state -of-the-art design center in Western Michigan University’s Business Technology and Research Park in the city of Kalamazoo. The company has recently acquired the consumer products company Jarden and needs to expand its design capabilities in order to accommodate the additional product lines. The company plans to expand its existing product design and testing facility in the city of Kalamazoo, investing $7.3 million and creating 87 highly-paid design jobs.

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PRESS RELEASE: Xcel Painting expanding in Southwest Michigan

LANSING, Mich. – Xcel Painting is investing in St. Joseph County with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today. Xcel plans to establish a new facility in the village of White Pigeon, investing $1.75 million and creating 50 jobs. The company selected Michigan over a competing site in Indiana.

“Xcel’s investment in White Pigeon means good jobs for Michigan residents that could well have gone to another state,” said Jeff Mason, CEO of the 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.

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CRAIN’S DETROIT BUSINESS: Southwest Michigan First makes impact nationally

Kalamazoo-based Southwest Michigan First, an economic development nonprofit, has created a national footprint, despite its regional name.

When SWMF was founded 19 years ago, its mission was to provide economic development services to cities and towns in 17 counties in the southwest corner of the state. Since then, the organization has nurtured a national clientele through economic development and leadership conferences, private consulting and webinars. It also works to connect economic development agencies around the country with site-selection professionals looking for the right place to locate a business.

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PRESS RELEASE: Quality Precast adds new jobs in Southwest Michigan

Alamo Township, MI – Local manufacturer Quality Precast, Inc. has announced that it will construct a new 25,000-square-foot production facility and corporate headquarters, adding 20 new jobs to Alamo Township.

A precast manufacturer specializing in manholes, large block retaining walls and more, Quality Precast will invest $1,352,185 in this expansion. In support of this project, the company received a $3,000 grant approved by the Kalamazoo County Brownfield Authority to conduct Phase I environmental site assessment. Alamo Township is also supporting the project with a 12 year tax abatement.

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PRESS RELEASE: Green Bay Packaging expands in Southwest Michigan

Pavilion Township, MI – Custom corrugated packaging specialist Green Bay Packaging has broken ground on a 107,000-square-foot expansion, adding 3 new jobs in Pavilion Township.

Founded in 1933, Green Bay Packaging manufactures high-quality products for a variety of retail packaging and labeling applications, with 31 locations across the U.S. and Mexico. Its expansion in Kalamazoo County will be completed through an investment of $10,800,000, supported by a 12 year tax abatement approved by Pavilion Township.

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PRESS RELEASE: Zoetis to Expand Manufacturing Capacity in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo, MI – Zoetis Inc. has announced a plan to expand capacity at its Global Manufacturing and Supply facility in Kalamazoo, Mich. Zoetis will install two new production lines and related operations to manufacture oral tablet and chewable medicines for companion animals. The company expects to add up to 45 manufacturing positions in the next three years.

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PRESS RELEASE: Southwest Michigan First Opens Applications for the Catalyst Education Awards

Kalamazoo, MI Presented annually by Southwest Michigan First, Catalyst University is now accepting applications for its Catalyst Education Awards competition to recognize the innovations and achievements of our regional K-12 educators.

On January 25, 2018, up to four (4) teachers, two (2) principals and one (1) school in Southwest Michigan will be recognized with a Catalyst Education Award for excellence practices during Catalyst University, a daylong leadership event hosted by the regional economic development catalyst Southwest Michigan First at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo, and recognized in the pages of 269 MAGAZINE™.

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PRESS RELEASE: Joe Agostinelli Wins 40 Under 40 Award in Economic Development

Jacksonville, FL – Joe Agostinelli, partner, Southwest Michigan First, has been selected as a winner in the economic development profession’s 40 Under 40 awards, the only award of its kind recognizing young talent in the economic development industry.

An independent six-member selection committee chose the winners from a pool of more than 170 candidates based on their exceptional contributions to the economic development industry. The award’s program was managed by Development Counsellors International (DCI), a New York-based firm that specializes in economic development marketing.

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Kalamazoo Candle Company wins Catalyst University’s annual Makers’ Mart competition

Kalamazoo, MI – Kalamazoo Candle Company earned the coveted Makers’ Mart title yesterday at Catalyst University, a daylong leadership event annually hosted by the regional economic development organization Southwest Michigan First at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo Candle Company was selected by the 2,500 event attendees from a pool of four finalists—all regional product makers based in Southwest Michigan.

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