Saginaw County is one of four Michigan counties getting funding for a road project through state economic development funds.
The project in question is in Frankenmuth, at the new site of Kremin, Inc
. The precision machining company is building a $1.2 million, 19,000-square-foot facility there, replacing its current, outgrown, Saginaw Township facility.
Kremin's new location is in an also-new business park off M-83, which is a state trunkline, but doesn't have a center turn lane aligned with the business park, which would obviously make traffic flow in and out of the park more easily. That's especially important for large vehicles and trucks like those Kremin will be using, to make turning in and out of the park safer for everyone.
So the road project would move a current turn lane 200 feet north, widen the highway, enclose a drainage ditch, and install a new storm sewer, at a total cost of $280,000. $210,000 of that will come from this grant from the Michigan Transportation Economic Development Fund, which is designed to support transportation projects that help Michigan companies create or retain jobs. The other $70,000 will come as local matching funds from the city of Frankenmuth.
The Kremin facility is slated to double the company's workforce by adding 25 new employees.
"This program represents a successful partnership between MDOT, local units of government and county road commissions that is focused on attracting major companies to invest and expand in Michigan and create employment opportunities for Michigan workers," says MDOT
Director Kirk Steudle.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Michigan Department of Transportation