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Our services are centered around our mission, by assisting new and growing companies or those looking to relocate to find resources they need to build their business. This includes not only site selection, but also redevelopment assistance, workforce research, access to financing and other incentives or resources to help them make the most of their investments in Battle Creek. For over 40 years, Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) has helped people and businesses find ways to create economic opportunity in Southwest Michigan. BCU, a private, nonprofit corporation, serves as the business and economic development arm for the City of Battle Creek

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Businesses in Battle Creek thrive in the global economy because of an incredible infrastructure that meets and exceeds the physical, technological and transportation system needs across multiple industries.

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International Companies

Fort Custer Industrial Park is a world-class amenity that's home to 25 international companies from Japan, Germany, Denmark, Canada, and Austria.

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BCU’s Newsletter Spring 2023

BCU is pleased to share its Spring 2023 Quarterly Newsletter  This edition includes:     From the President’s Desk;     BCPS Announces Bearcat Advantage Scholarship;     TRMI Flips the Switch on Solar Array;     New Faces at BCU;     BC Cargo Opens for 2023;  ….plus other news and information. The newsletter … [MORE]

BCU adds Aaron Gibson as new Facilities Coordinator

PRESS RELEASE May 25, 2023 BATTLE CREEK, MICH. – Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) recently added Aaron Gibson as its new Facilities Coordinator. Aaron will provide maintenance services for properties and facilities owned by BCU as well as the Battle Creek Tax Increment Finance Authority (BCTIFA). These include the Fort Custer Industrial Park, the Customs Cargo … [MORE]

Battle Creek Public Schools announces historic scholarship covering up to 100% of tuition and fees for post secondary education

The new “Bearcat Advantage” scholarship seeks to eliminate opportunity gaps for graduating students and improve access to higher education. PRESS RELEASE May 17, 2023 BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Today, Battle Creek Public Schools (BCPS) announced the Bearcat Advantage, a new scholarship that covers up to 100% of college tuition and fees for all eligible graduates, … [MORE]

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"W.K. Kellogg founded Kellogg Company in Battle Creek more than a century ago.  It has always been home to Kellogg and remains the location of our global headquarters today.  With its central location between Chicago and Detroit along the I-94 interstate, Battle Creek provides us easy access to a wide selection of diverse suppliers and vendors whom we partner with to meet the needs of our business, our customers and our consumers.  Kellogg is committed to doing our part to make Battle Creek a great place to live, work and play and we are proud to partner with Battle Creek Unlimited to help ensure a strong, vibrant community for the future.”

Steven Cahillane, Chairman and CEO

Kellogg Company

Battle Creek Unlimited has been a huge help to the growth of not only Café Rica, but the Battle Creek community as a whole. We are so glad to have an organization like BCU that will take chances on the people who are putting their blood, sweat, and tears into this community – and provide the help and services needed to succeed.

Tristan and Jackson Bredehoft

Co-Owners and Operators Café Rica

The City of Battle Creek is a superb place to be in business because of the specialized and individualized support offered by Battle Creek Unlimited and its staff. BCU offers the highest level of customer service to make sure all current and future businesses are successful. They go above and beyond to put Battle Creek on the map globally for business recruitment and retention as well as manage and nurture one of the finest industrial parks in the world, Fort Custer. The City of Battle Creek couldn’t ask for a better partner!

Rebecca Fleury

City Manager

Gallagher Uniform has resided in the Fort Custer Industrial Park since 1991. Battle Creek Unlimited and the City of Battle Creek were instrumental in our move here. Our success continues today with these important partners, who ensure the park is well maintained, safe, and delivering the resources necessary. The Fort Custer location has been ideal to reach our customers throughout Michigan and Indiana. The surrounding natural environment also provides great recreational opportunities for our associates to enjoy outside of work.

John Gallagher

Gallagher Uniform

“During our past 24 years of operation in Battle Creek, BCU has been a valuable business partner to both Kal Aero and Duncan Aviation. BCU was instrumental in both the initial move to the W.K. Kellogg Airport by Kal Aero in 1992 and a major expansion of Duncan Aviation in 2005.”

Andy Richards

Duncan Aviation

“KCC works regularly with BCU and other workforce development organizations to ensure that companies have the skilled employees they need to compete in today's global economy.  KCC's Workforce Solution Department is the business, industry, and job-training arm of the College.  The department serves business and industry by developing and delivering cost-effective, high-quality, and flexible learning solutions that specifically meet the unique needs of employers.”

Levi Good

Regional Manfucturing Technology Center

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