Snyder calls Kellogg’s CEO about GR-area center

FILE - This Feb. 1, 2012, file photo, shows Kellogg's cereal products, in Orlando, Fla. Kellogg Co. said Thursday, April 26, 2012, its first-quarter net income fell 2 percent, hurt by declining demand in Europe and higher raw material costs. For the three months ended March 31, Kellogg says net income fell to $358 million, or $1 per share, from $366 million, or $1 per share last year. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
FILE - This Feb. 1, 2012, file photo, shows Kellogg's cereal products, in Orlando, Fla. Kellogg Co. said Thursday, April 26, 2012, its first-quarter net income fell 2 percent, hurt by declining demand in Europe and higher raw material costs. For the three months ended March 31, Kellogg says net income fell to $358 million, or $1 per share, from $366 million, or $1 per share last year. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — Gov. Rick Snyder called Kellogg’s to ensure its relationship with Battle Creek remained strong after the company announced plans to open a new service center near Grand Rapids.

The new center, which is expected to open by the end of the year, will be located at what used to be the Zondervan facility located on Patterson Avenue in Cascade Township.

A new Kellogg Company service building will move into the Zondervan building on Patterson Avenue. (Feb. 13, 2014)

A new Kellogg Company service building will move into the Zondervan building on Patterson Avenue. (Feb. 13, 2014)

The governor issued a statement Saturday saying he wanted to be sure Kellogg’s was “maintaining its commitment to its hometown of Battle Creek.”

“I grew up there and want to know that workers in town can count on Kellogg’s dedication to the community,” Snyder said in the statement.

But after speaking with Kellogg’s CEO John Bryant, the governor said he is “happy to report that Kellogg is reaffirming its dedications to doing business in Michigan, particularly at their headquarters in Battle Creek.”

“Kellogg chose to stay true to its Michigan roots and decided on Grand Rapids for its new facility,” the statement continues.

Cascade Township beat out several other locations for the service center, which is expected to bring 600 jobs to the area.

“That’s good news for Michiganders,” the governor said. “We should be loud and proud about Michigan-made products, and I encourage companies like Kellogg to continue investing in our state.”

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