MDOT grant to create 175 jobs in Kent, Ottawa counties

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan Department of Transportation is awarding grants in Kent and Ottawa counties which will create 175 new jobs.

In a press release on Friday, MDOT said it’s awarding state transportation economic development grants totaling $461,147, which will be split between two projects.

Agape Plastics, Inc., a provider of custom injection molding and assembly primarily for the automotive industry, wanted to expand but had concerns that trucks would have a problem safely exiting the Tallmadge Industrial Park.

The Ottawa County Road Commission partnered with MDOT to install a traffic signal at the intersection of First Avenue and M-45 in Ottawa County. Without that improvement, Agape’s other option was to relocate their entire business to Ohio.

Agape’s expansion in Ottawa County is expected to create 54 new jobs by 2018.

Plasan North America Inc., a supplier to defense contractors including military ground vehicles, is expanding operations at its Wilson Drive facility in Walker. They had concerns about the congestion at Wilson Drive and 3 Mile Road.

As a result, outdated traffic signals will be replaced and a dedicated left-turn phase for southbound to eastbound traffic will also be added.

Plasan North America Inc. is expected to transfer 121 employees from Vermont to Walker by 2017.

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