Aerospace, defense contractor making $2.6M enlargement, creating 34 jobs in Grand Rapids area
CASCADE TOWNSHIP, MI – Aerospace and defense contractor L3 Harris Technologies has received a $ 500,000 government grant to help the company build a $ 2.6 million expansion at its Cascade Township factory to pay, which will create 34 jobs.
The company is consolidating its aviation electronics manufacturing services at its Cascade Township facility, which will retain 21 jobs and is expected to create 34 additional jobs with an average weekly wage of $ 1,177, according to Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
“L3Harris Technologies’ decision to expand its Cascade Township operations to competing regions across the country is a win-win for our region,” said Randy Thelen, President and CEO of The Right Place, Inc., in a statement. “Greater Grand Rapids competes nationally as well as globally for innovative high-tech companies like L3Harris. Winning projects of this caliber further strengthens our defense and R&D cluster and brings high-paying jobs to our community. “
MEDC and The Right Place, a Grand Rapids-based economic development group, worked with the company to keep it in Cascade Township.
L3 Harris said the $ 500,000 state grant is necessary in consideration of consolidating services in facilities in Arizona, Georgia, Florida and Texas, according to a MEDC memo. The company justified its decision with incentives, the use of existing properties and cost advantages.
In a press release, Alan Crawford, President of Commercial Aviation, L3 Harris said, “The Greater Grand Rapids region has the skilled workforce and thriving business environment we need and we look forward to continuing our success here.”
The products made at the Cascade Township factory are primarily sold to commercial and military aerospace markets, according to MEDC. The Cascade Township facility has been in operation since 1966 and employs 234 people.
The term of the $ 500,000 grant agreement with the MEDC is one year. The company will receive $ 14,705 per job created, with a minimum of 25 and a maximum of 34 jobs created, as indicated in the grant agreement.
While the grant agreement covers up to 34 jobs, the company could create up to 50 new jobs, according to MEDC.
“This expansion of L3Harris will help us continue Michigan’s economic growth and recovery,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer in a statement. “Today’s investment will create well-paying jobs in West Michigan, further strengthen our state as a defense hub, and support business growth. We will build on our economic dynamism to usher in a new era of prosperity for our families and communities. “
According to MEDC, the distribution of the planned 34 workplaces includes 12 installation beginners, two semi-skilled operators, 19 skilled workers and a professional planning manager.
L3Harris Technologies, Inc. is based in Melbourne, Florida and employs approximately 50,000 people worldwide. It emerged from a merger of the defense giants Harris Corporation and L3 Technologies Inc.
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