New Tudor Dixon ad opposes potential Big Rapids factory

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MECOSTA COUNTY — Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon released a political ad criticizing a potential project that could create up to 2,300 jobs in the Mecosta County area over the next five years.

In her announcement, Dixon says Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the state legislature are “working together to invest hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in a Chinese company that will build a battery plant in the state. of Michigan”.

Local officials in Big Rapids Township, Green Township, and Mecosta County, in cooperation with The Right Place, Inc., an economic development corporation, negotiated with Gotion, Inc. to bring in a component manufacturing plant drums in the Big Rapids area.

According to Gotion Global Vice President Chuck Thelen, Gotion, Inc. is a global company that went public in 2017 and is listed on two stock exchanges, with ownership in Europe, India, Vietnam, China and the United States. -United. The company’s board of directors is made up equally of German, American and Chinese members.

“Gotion is an innovation and technology company with over 5,500 patents,” Thelen said in a previous meeting. “Ultimately, we will have 11 manufacturing sites, including two in the United States”

The proposed manufacturing plant will be a battery component plant, he said, with two separate facilities – one producing cathodes and another producing annodes – two key components of electric batteries.

The township councils of Big Rapids and Green Township recently approved the creation of a revival area within the two townships’ 500 acres of land, which will provide tax incentives for Gotion, Inc. to build in the area.

The Board of Directors of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Michigan Strategic Fund will now vote to approve a formal package of tax incentives to be offered to the company.

The Michigan Legislature has already passed several state and local economic development resources that provide support and incentives for businesses to invest and expand their operations in Michigan, including the elimination of the industrial property tax, according to the information on the MEDC website, michiganbusiness.org.

The Michigan Business Development Program is available through the Michigan Strategic Fund, in cooperation with MEDC. The program is designed to provide grants, loans, and other economic assistance to businesses for highly competitive projects in Michigan that create jobs and/or provide investment.

MSF support for a project will take the form of a grant, direct loan or other economic assistance and will not exceed $10 million.

The project is expected to invest over $2.3 billion in the community over the next five years and create up to 2,300 jobs. Additionally, each factory job is expected to create an additional 3.2 jobs within the community, as well as stimulate small businesses throughout the region.

Officials from the Township of Big Rapids and The Right Place, Inc. declined to comment on Dixon’s announcement at this time. Other local officials were unavailable for comment at press time.

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