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BCU Awarded MEDC Grant to Position Battle Creek for Drones, Missile Defense

October 3, 2018 BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – In September, Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) was awarded a Defense Industry Growth Area Grant for $150,000 by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The grant is part of the Michigan Defense Center’s Protect & Grow Initiative, which seeks to grow the state’s defense sector. BCU will use the grant money to assess Battle Creek’s existing aerospace infrastructure and position the city to attract investment from companies developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more commonly referred to as drones. Funds will also be used to identify business opportunities for local companies if/when Battle Creek is ...
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Dennis Group Opening New Office in Downtown Battle Creek

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 PRESS RELEASE September 12, 2018 Dennis Group Opening New Office in Downtown Battle Creek  Battle Creek selected for the company’s first Midwest office Plans to hire 60 people over 3 years Battle Creek, Michigan – Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) is pleased to announce that Dennis Group will expand into downtown Battle Creek. The company provides design, engineering, and construction management services for the food and beverage industry. Dennis Group expects to invest more than $600,000 and hire more than 65 employees over the next 3 years. Dennis Group was established in 1987 and is based in Springfield, ...
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BCU Summer Newsletter

Tuesday, September 04, 2018 BCU is pleased to share its latest quarterly newsletter! The summer edition includes information on: BCU’s new strategic plan Manufacturing Day in October A profile of Hi-Lex, the first Japanese company in the Fort Custer Industrial Park which recently celebrated their 40th anniversary in Battle Creek An update on the Foreign-Trade Zone Save the date notices for programs on missile defense, Lean Six Sigma and workforce attraction strategies New BCU and BCTIFA board members The newsletter PDF is coming soon. Our goal is to provide useful information to people who live and/or work in Battle Creek ...
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Ground-based Midcourse Defense Supply Chain Opportunities

Friday, August 24, 2018 PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Battle Creek, Michigan – August 24, 2018, Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) has partnered with Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA) to provide an opportunity for a detailed briefing on the scope of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system project, what the project means to Michigan, and how Michigan companies can participate.  This event will be held on September 27th in Battle Creek. The Fort Custer Training Center (between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo) is the leading candidate being considered for construction of an intercontinental missile defense system called the Ground-based Midcourse Defense. A tour of the proposed Fort ...
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BCU Adopts New Strategic Plan for 2018-2023

PRESS RELEASE, August 27, 2018 
Plan identifies key growth sectors and attraction strategy
  Battle Creek, Mich – Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) released a new plan for the organization’s next five years. BCU’s strategic plan spells out how the organization will prioritize its human & capital resources and outlines specific metrics by which success will be measured. By July 2023, BCU’s goal is to generate $250 million in new capital investment in Battle Creek and create 750 new jobs paying an average of $17 per hour. The strategic plan was developed with input from BCU staff and board members, as well ...
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Announcement – $10 Million Small Business Fund

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 Battle Creek Unlimited is excited to partner with the WKKF and other community members to help establish a $10 million Battle Creek Small Business Loan Fund.  Working together as a community, we can change lives.(PRESS RELEASE WKKF) June 5, 2018 Contact:  Mary Cohen or Kathy Reincke Tel: 269.969.2079 mary.cohen@wkkf.org or kar@wkkf.org BATTLE CREEK, MICH. – BCVision’s economic development efforts received a significant boost at a Steering Committee meeting today, with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) announcement of a $10 million investment to establish a Battle Creek Small Business Loan Fund. READ MORE HERE ...
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15 Carlyle Building Awarded to Restore (269) and Startup Brewery Awarded $200,000 to Locate in Facility

Tuesday, May 01, 2018 PRESS RELEASE May 1, 2018 Battle Creek, Michigan – Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) has awarded the building at 15 Carlyle Street to local developer Restore (269).  Restore (269) plans to renovate the three story building and convert the space into a brewery on the first floor, office space on the second floor, and a multipurpose event space on the third floor. In December 2017, BCU announced a request for proposals for three buildings in downtown Battle Creek. At the same time, BCU announced a $200,000 incentive to attract a brewery/distillery to downtown Battle Creek.  As a result ...
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New Holland Brewing Awarded $200,000 Incentive for New Battle Creek Location

Friday, April 20, 2018      PRESS RELEASE April 20, 2018 New Holland Brewing Awarded $200,000 Incentive for New Battle Creek Location Battle Creek, Michigan – Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) will award $200,000 in incentives to New Holland Brewing Company in support of a new location in Battle Creek. New Holland is known for its award-winning beer and spirits. The company operates the New Holland Pub on 8th Street in Holland and the Knickerbocker in Grand Rapids as well as a production facility in Holland. In December 2017, BCU announced a request for proposals for three buildings in downtown Battle Creek. In ...
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United Way BCKR stopped into BCU this week

Thursday, March 15, 2018 Thank you, United Way BCKR for stopping by this week! We know, by coming together as a community, great things can be accomplished! We were glad to have played a small role in helping make big changes... ChangeTheStory ...
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Jetro Midwest

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 BCU on the Road! Vice President Robert Corder from Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU), shares his experience at the SelectUSA Roadshow in Japan this past January. READ MORE HERE ...
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Former Kellogg exec has plans to grow food business

Monday, March 12, 2018 After closing on a $2 million funding round for his startup Snackwerks, Battle Creek-based entrepreneur Jeff Grogg sets his sights on creating a venture capital fund for early stage food businesses across the country.  READ MORE HERE ...
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German auto supplier plans to expand workforce in Battle Creek

Monday, March 12, 2018 In 2013, BleiStahl GmbH got a grant of $475,000 from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and a property tax abatement worth $532,000 from the City of Battle Creek, based on the company's promise to invest $11.5 million in a former warehouse facility and create 58 new jobs.  That's a total it has far surpassed.    READ MORE HERE ...
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Battle Creek makes more than cereal

Monday, March 12, 2018At the Fort Custer Industrial Park, 80 companies, including 18 from Japan, employ over 13,000 people, on a sprawling 3,000-acre campus that used to be a WWI-era Army camp.  READ MORE HERE ...
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Crain’s Michigan Business: Battle Creek

Monday, March 12, 2018 Battle Creek, the birthplace of Kellogg and Post, is rightfully proud of its cereal heritage.  But there's move to this West Michigan city than Corn Pops: it's a manufacturing and avaiation hub, too.  READ MORE HERE ...
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To kickstart a comeback, couple builds on Battle Creek’s past

Monday, March 12, 2018 A startup is taking a page out of Detroit's comeback playbook and fixing up downtown Battle Creek's historic buildings.    READ MORE HERE ...
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Western Michigan on a Wing

Monday, March 12, 2018 Aviation in Battle Creek is taking off. Battle Creek is home to the second-largest operation of Lincoln, Neb. based Duncan Aviation.  Paired with Western Michigan University's nationally-renowned aviation program, the region is a surprising hub for flight.  READ MORE ...
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2018 Economic Outlook

Monday, February 26, 2018 We are excited to share with you the slides from the Battle Creek Economic Outlook 2018! Just click on the link below and you will be able to find out all the great things that are happening here in Battle Creek, Michigan. Slides:  2018 Economic Outlook Battle Creek, Michigan Video:  http://www.accessvision.tv/file/14792 ...
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Battle Creek Unlimited and Aries Capital, LLC affiliate Finalizes Deal for DoubleTree Hotel in Downtown Battle Creek

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Battle Creek, Mich. - Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) is pleased to announce that the McCamly Plaza Hotel will officially become a Hilton DoubleTree branded hotel. After an extensive renovation in excess of $3,500,000, underwritten by the Direct Investment Fund (DIF), the number of hotel rooms will be reduced from 239 to 179.  In addition, the owners plan to add approximately 50 apartment units, including some that may be furnished as Corporate Apartments as part of the renovation.  Renovations of the hotel are expected to be completed by fall of 2018. The DIF is a revolving loan fund ...
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Economic Outlook 2018 Invitation

Friday, January 05, 2018 RSVP by February 1st, to Paula Young at 269 441-1667 or young@bcunlimited.org Click on the link below for a copy of the invitation: Economic Outlook 2018 Invitation We look forward to seeing everyone there! ...
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Prairie Farms building $29 million expansion to Battle Creek facility

Prairie Farms building $29 million expansion to Battle Creek facility Thursday, January 04, 2018 Prairie Farms Dairy Inc. is investing nearly $29 million in a state-of-the-art addition to its Battle Creek facility. It will be Prairie Farms's only bottling plant that will produce ultra-high-temperature pasteurized milk products, which will give them additional shelf life...READ MORE HERE ...
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