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Michigan Department of Transportation:
State transportation economic grants to support
100 new jobs in Lapeer County
April 13, 2016 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is awarding state transportation economic grants totaling $902,910 that will support the creation of 115 jobs in Lapeer and Isabella counties. The Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) Category A grants will leverage more than $28 million in private investment, at a private/public investment ratio of more than 31-to-1.
Kamax LP in Lapeer County's Mayfield Township develops and produces high-strength fasteners for the automotive and heavy trucking industry. This includes bolts, wheel studs, and tie rods. Kamax plans to invest $27,737,000 to add 165,000 square feet to their manufacturing and warehouse facility on Roods Lake Road. This expansion will add 100 new full-time jobs over the next three years. According to Kamax executive management, this location will eventually serve as their North American headquarters.
The most direct route from the Kamax facility to I-69 is Wilder Road. The surface of Wilder Road is currently deteriorating and, without upgrades, puts the road at risk of losing its all-season status. The Lapeer County Road Commission intends to resurface Wilder Road from Imlay City Road to the eastbound I-69 ramps. This work includes culvert replacement, curb and gutter replacement at the intersections, guardrail upgrades, and some minor drainage improvements.
The executive management team at Kamax said in a statement, "We are encouraged to see the support of both the local and state agencies to develop the infrastructure within Lapeer County. The extension of an all-season route on Wilder Road … will provide more direct access to I-69 (and) improve the traffic efficiencies for our customer base, as well as relieve some of the traffic congestion of large trucks within the city limits."
The total cost of this resurfacing work is $999,878, including $600,000 in TEDF funds, $399,878 from the Lapeer County Road Commission, and $10,000 provided by Jay's Septic Tank service, another local company that frequently uses Wilder Road to conduct business.
Enacted in 1987 and reauthorized in 1993, the TEDF helps finance highway, road and street projects that encourage private investment in Michigan resulting in job creation or retention. TEDF "Category A" or "Targeted Industries Program" grants provide state funding for transportation improvements that will help accommodate increased traffic and provide commercial routes that are safe and more efficient for new and expanding companies. More information about the program is available online at www.michigan.gov/tedf.
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