Nearly 450 new jobs and $52 million dollars in investment. The regional development organization The Right Place announced three new west Michigan developments that will improve the area's economic base.

"These three projects reaffirm the strength of West Michigan’s diverse economic base," said Birgit Klohs, President and CEO, The Right Place, Inc. "From advanced Italian manufacturing technology to worldwide customer contact centers, West Michigan has become a destination for global business success."

Klohs tells WOOD Radio today's announcement is kind of a "perfect storm" of developments. "These three projects we're announcing today have been in the works for a number of weeks and in some cases for a numbe of months. We're thrilled they all came together at the same time."

The first project involves approval of a $300,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant, part of a $4.52 million total incentive package that will bring $17.6 million in capital investment and 109 new jobs to Byron Township over the next four years. The company recently agreed to terms with NAI Wisinski to purchase land at 720 74th Street SW, Byron Center, Michigan for new construction.

The second project involves approval of a $550,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant to help bring a $1.5 million total investment, and 287 new jobs to Cascade Township over the next three years. The new site for Fort Worth, Texas-based NOVO 1, Inc., part of the new Dialog Direct expansion will be located at 2905 Lucerne SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. 

The third project is approval of a $500,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant for Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch in Ionia County to assist the locally-owned egg producer with a $33 million expansion and 50 new jobs to the Village of Saranac over the next three years.
 
Klohs tells WOOD Radio today's announcement brings three very different companies to west Michigan.

"One foreign company, one local company and one that is new and expanding here; all three point out that west Michigan is a great place to do business."