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Tuesday, 28 August 2012 00:00

Janesville Acoustics to invest $10M in Battle Creek plant

Written by  Kelly Hill
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BATTLE CREEK – Janesville Acoustics of Southfield, one of the world’s largest producers of acoustical and thermal fiber insulation and a leading producer of fiber products, plans to invest as much as $10 million to open a 250,000-square-foot facility in Battle Creek for the manufacture of felt parts for cars and trucks.

The company received a $1.5 million Michigan Business Development program incentive by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and plans to create as many as 225 new jobs. The Battle Creek site was chosen over sites in Indiana and Ohio.

“For eight months, our team has worked to determine the right location in which to establish our fifth U.S. production facility,” said David Cataldi, president of Janesville Acoustics. “In Battle Creek, we are pleased to have found the right combination of a skilled workforce, infrastructure that meets our needs, and proximity to our automotive customers.”

“Janesville Acoustics is a world leader in acoustical products, and the opening of the facility in Battle Creek will further strengthen their Michigan presence and provide additional good jobs for years to come,” MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney, said in a statement. “The company’s decision to expand in Michigan is a strong statement about the great opportunities that, thanks to our business climate improvements, Michigan now offers to growing companies.”

The city of Battle Creek has been supportive of the project and plans tax abatements for Janesville Acoustics.

“Battle Creek is delighted to have a company the caliber of Janesville Acoustics coming to our city and adding their expertise in acoustical and thermal automotive products to our economic base,” said Battle Creek City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama. “City government will continue to support their growth and investment and look forward to a long and productive relationship with our newest corporate resident.”

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