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MDOT awards grant to Calhoun County, expected to support 66 new jobs

The Michigan Department of Transportation is set to award a state transportation economic development grant to Emmett Township in Calhoun County that will support 66 new jobs.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is set to award a state transportation economic development grant to Emmett Township in Calhoun County that will support 66 new jobs.

The grant, known as the Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF), totaling $294,890, will address the increased road deterioration of F Drive North, where Flex-N-Gate Battle Creek, LLC, a company that stamps and manufacturers welded assemblies for automotive companies, sees their employee and commercial traffic.

Included in the roadway expansion and resurfacing spanning across approximately 4,300-feet west of M-311, a $24 million investment in new facilities and refurbished manufacturing space, updated infrastructure and two new stamping presses is set for Flex-N-Gate. The funds being dedicated to assisting Flex-N-Gate played a role in the company choosing Battle Creek over Indiana or Alabama.

The total cost of the entirety of the project will cost $491,484; that's $196,594 in addition to the grant.

"For a manufacturing facility like ours, truck traffic and employee traffic over a sturdy infrastructure of roads is of utmost importance," Bill Beistline, Flex-N-Gate vice president of Procurement, said. "It is critical that the roads are wide enough and in good enough condition to handle the flow of the increased traffic. The F Drive North reconditioning project is a critical element to the success of our Flex-N-Gate Battle Creek expansion project. The reconditioning will also be a sign to other companies that Battle Creek and the state of Michigan will get behind projects of this magnitude and insure that all aspects of improvement are thought of and in place."


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