BCU President and CEO Karl Dehn said the organization worked with the acoustical and thermal fiber insulation producer for eight months to convince it to move to Battle Creek.
"We had to work very hard to provide accurate information and satisfy them in their ability to make their decision," Dehn
said most of those jobs will likely be filled by Battle Creek residents.
For the Janesville Acoustics
executives, engineers, and high-skilled workers that relocate to Battle Creek, BCU
will provide residency incentives for them to live within the city.
will provide Michigan Works with $140,000 for residency incentives, relocation and training for the company, which will be done at the RMTC
The jobs that become available will be good ones, Dehn
"The company has a very strong wage structure," Dehn
"Throughout the course of [the talks] it was clear the company had a very good compensation and benefits package too, so we expect it to be good for not only generating new income, but also improving health care benefits for people who secure those jobs.
said the company wanted to expand to an existing facility, rather than rebuild, so it will occupy a vacant, 307,000-square-foot plant on Logistics Drive in the industrial park.
It will remodel 250,000 square feet of that space to manufacture felt parts for cars and trucks, according to the MEDC press release.
said the company's move is contingent upon the approval of a Public Act 328 Tax Abatement, a 100 percent tax reduction on personal property.