When it comes to jobs news, Battle Creek is having a good month.
has announced plans to open an automotive casting components and systems operation in Battle Creek. The company is refurbishing an existing facility at 10 N. Clark Road in the Fort Custer Industrial Park. The building should be completed by the end of 2013.
It will be known as Cosma Casting Michigan and is expected to create up to 572 new jobs based on investment of up to $162 million.
The jobs at Cosma Casting include a variety of positions--the majority will be in the production area, such as skilled trades, forklift operators, shipping and receiving personnel and production operators.
Hiring is expected to begin this summer and job seekers can go to the company's website
to see postings and open positions.
"Hiring will continue for several years to coincide with the start of customer programs," says Scott Worden, of Magna International.
As a result of its decision to locate in Battle Creek, the company has been awarded a $1.6 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over competing sites. The city of Battle Creek has offered support to the project in the form of property tax abatements.
"Cosma picked Battle Creek due to the availability of a skilled workforce as well as proximity to customers," Worden says. "Together with those factors, the MEDC
and the City of Battle Creek put forth the best viable business package for our needs."
Cosma International, a wholly-owned operating unit of Magna International, is a global automotive supplier and provides a comprehensive range of body, chassis and engineering solutions to its customers.
Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Media
Source: Scott Worden, Magna International