BCU’s Spring 2021 Newsletter

BCU is pleased to share its Spring 2021 Quarterly Newsletter 

This edition includes:

    Washington Heights Entrepreneurial Fund

    Cosma Casting, Bowers Aluminum Announce Expansions

    Torti Taco Shifts Downtown Plans

    McCamly Plaza Hotel Donations Help Community Partners

    Kmart Demo Complete

….plus other news and information.  The newsletter is available to view as a PDF here

Our goal is to provide useful information to people who live and/or work in Battle Creek.  We welcome your feedback and story ideas. Email your comments to BCUNewsletter@bcunlimited.org. You can also follow Battle Creek Unlimited on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Bowers Aluminum Submits Plans for Expansion in Battle Creek

PRESS RELEASE

March 12, 2021

Bowers Aluminum Submits Plans for Expansion in Battle Creek

  • Bowers considers investing $7.8M in Battle Creek.
  • Expansion would create at least 17 new jobs.

    BATTLE CREEK, MICH Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) is pleased to announce that Bowers Aluminum is considering expanding its manufacturing operations in Battle Creek’s Ft. Custer Industrial Park. Bowers Aluminum provides contract anodizing and fabrication services for aluminum products to manufacturing companies throughout the Midwest, East, South, and West. Their anodizing operations serve multiple sectors (automotive, healthcare, appliance manufacturing, office furniture, etc).

    Bowers will seek a local tax-abatement for this project. If approved, this project would generate more than $7,800,000 in investments at the site. In addition, Bowers would hire a minimum of 17 new employees over the next 12 months. There is a strong potential for more employees beyond the initial 17.

    “We are excited about the possibility of expanding in Battle Creek. We will put an emphasis on hiring local” said owner, Jon Bowers. “When possible, we will hire locals because it benefits both of us. Local employees add value to our overall economy. Also, if they are closer to our facility, it is more likely that they will stay and grow with our company.”

    “We are pleased that Bowers is considering an expansion here in Battle Creek. Bowers Aluminum is a local company that continues to show commitment to the City of Battle Creek. This potential expansion sends a signal to local companies and potential new companies that Battle Creek is the right place to do business.” said Shabaka Gibson, Vice President at Battle Creek Unlimited.

    Bowers’ current facility, located at 1401 Shiga Dr., began operating in Battle Creek in 2018. The proposed expansion of 70,000 sf would double the company’s footprint. This potential expansion would allow the company to expand its processes to include extrusion and fabrication. That would allow Bowers to do more business and create more local jobs.

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    ABOUT BATTLE CREEK UNLIMITED

    Established in 1972, Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) is a private, non-profit corporation which serves as the economic development arm for the City of Battle Creek and manages the Fort Custer Industrial Park. The Fort Custer Industrial Park is home to over 80 businesses, including 25 international companies, and employs over 13,000 people. BCU’s mission is to build a strong community by driving strategic investment and job creation.

    CONTACT

    Shabaka Gibson
    Battle Creek Unlimited www.bcunlimited.org gibson@bcunlimited.org
    Press Release – Bowers Expansion 2021 FINAL

Magna Cosma Casting Expansion Planned for Battle Creek, Mich., Facility

PRESS RELEASE

April 12, 2021

Magna Cosma Casting Expansion Planned for Battle Creek, Mich., Facility

Magna plans to invest $31.9M in Battle Creek, Mich., facility and create 68 new jobs.
Magna will participate in the BC TRAIN talent attraction program for some of the new hires.

BATTLE CREEK, MICH. Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) is pleased to announce that Magna is considering expanding its Cosma Casting Michigan manufacturing operation in Battle Creek’s Fort Custer Industrial Park. Magna provides a comprehensive range of body, chassis, and engineering solutions to global automotive customers, including high-pressure aluminum castings from its Battle Creek facility, which contributes to lighter vehicles with reduced environmental impact. Magna will seek a local tax-abatement for the expansion. If approved, this project would generate more than $31,900,0000 in investments at the site. In addition, Magna would hire 68 new employees over the next three years, with starting wages between $15 – $35 per hour, depending on position.

“Magna has been a proud member of the Battle Creek community since 2013, and we’re pleased to have an opportunity to expand our operations and continue supporting our customers with great products,” said Bryan Bowersox, general manager of Cosma Casting Michigan. “In addition, this expansion is about our employees and the team. We strive to attract, develop and retain the best talent by providing a challenging and rewarding environment in which to grow both personally and professionally.”

As part of the expansion and additional jobs, Magna will participate in BCU’s Battle Creek TRAIN (Talent Retention, Attraction, and Inclusion iNcentive) program, which is a partnership between BCU and Battle Creek-area companies designed to attract employees to the city of Battle Creek. “We are pleased that Magna is considering Battle Creek as the site of their expansion. We are also excited to partner with them on the BC TRAIN program to bring additional employees and residents to Battle Creek. Battle Creek is a great place to do business and this announcement is another example of that.” said Shabaka Gibson, Vice President at Battle Creek Unlimited.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is supporting the project with a six-mill State Education Tax exemption estimated at $309,000 over 12 years. “Magna’s continued investment in Michigan means good jobs for our residents and further solidifies our state’s continued leadership in advanced automotive manufacturing and mobility,” said Michigan Economic Development Corporation Chief Business Development Officer and Executive Vice President Josh Hundt. “We’re pleased to work with our local partners and support this expansion as we continue to work toward economic recovery for all Michiganders.”

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Magna’s current facility, located at 10 Clark Road N., will be expanded by roughly 50,000 square feet to support additional manufacturing for the automotive sector. Before choosing Battle Creek, Magna considered other locations around the country. The company will be hiring a mix of engineering, project management, and skilled employees. The company plans to begin recruiting employees soon. Interested applicants can visit www.magna.com/company/careers.

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ABOUT BATTLE CREEK UNLIMITED

Established in 1972, Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) is a private, non-profit corporation which serves as the economic development arm for the City of Battle Creek and manages the Fort Custer Industrial Park. The Fort Custer Industrial Park is home to over 80 businesses, including 25 international companies, and employs over 13,000 people. BCU’s mission is to build a strong community by driving strategic investment and job creation.

CONTACT

Shabaka Gibson
Battle Creek Unlimited www.bcunlimited.org TEL 269-579-2576 gibson@bcunlimited.org

Battle Creek Unlimited and New Level Sports Ministries announce $2 million Washington Heights Entrepreneurial

March 8, 2021

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU), in partnership with New Level Sports Ministries (NLSM), has established the Washington Heights Entrepreneurial Fund, a $2 million program for entrepreneurial and real estate development projects in the historic Battle Creek neighborhood. The fund is supported by a $2 million grant from the Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Click here to read more

BCU’s Winter 2021 Newsletter

BCU is pleased to share its Winter 2021 Quarterly Newsletter 

This edition includes:

    KCC to Participate in Michigan’s New Free Tuition Program

    Kellogg Co. Commits $150,000 to BCU TRAIN Program

    Michigan Works! Announces Going Pro Training Program 

    BCU Projects Around Town

    WACO Kitchen Opens at Battle Creek Executive Airport

….plus other news and information.  The newsletter is available to view as a PDF here

Our goal is to provide useful information to people who live and/or work in Battle Creek.  We welcome your feedback and story ideas. Email your comments to BCUNewsletter@bcunlimited.org. You can also follow Battle Creek Unlimited on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

 

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