Aluminium Finisher Bowers Manufacturing to Build US$2.4 Million Plant in SW Michigan

Michigan aluminium metals finisher Bowers Manufacturing Company is in talks with the Battle Creek local government regarding the building of a new, US$2.4-million plant in the city’s industrial park.

The proposed facility will be a 68,850 ft2 building and is planned to be constructed on a 27-acre tract in Fort Custer Industrial Park. The company plans to employ 50 workers in the initial two years, then augment the workforce with another 44 workers in the third year.

Bowers Aluminum plans a total investment of US$7.5 million in the first phase of the plant’s operation. Construction could begin as early as next month and is expected to last for one year.

“I’m excited that our shovel-ready strategy is paying off,” said the president and CEO of Battle Creek Unlimited Joe Sobieralski. “We are excited to see 94 jobs come to the fort and we look forward to watching this company grow.”

“We thought it was a very strategic move by Battle Creek Unlimited to prepare several shovel-ready sites, and it’s already paying off with this new company,” opined Assistant City Manager Ted Dearing.

At present the company is negotiating a possible tax abatement with the Battle Creek government. According to tax records, Bowers would have a tax liability of US$960,000 without the abatement. If the abatement is granted, Bowers would only owe about US$523,000 to the city.

Bowers has already leased the land from a local firm that is also managed by Bowers. The lease has a 20-year term, but Bowers has also already signed a purchase agreement for the parcel.

Battle Creek is 109 miles due west of Detroit and has a population of around 52,000. The town’s primary employer (and claim to fame) is the Kellogg Company, which headquartered there and is notable for its cereals and convenience foods.

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