Granholm Courts German Companies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Gov. Jennifer Granholm met Monday with executives from a German company in the Dusseldorf area that designs engines and alternative fuel technology during her second trade trip to Germany.

The Democratic governor thanked executives at FEV Motorentechnik & Co. for their continued commitment to Michigan. Last month, the company said its subsidiary, FEV Engine Technology, would spend $4.3 million to expand its North American Technical Center in Auburn Hills and create 180 new jobs.

"FEV's decision to invest in Michigan is creating jobs for our workers and sending a signal that Michigan is the right place in America for high-tech companies to grow and create new jobs," Granholm said in a statement.

FEV develops hybrid, fuel cell and alternative fuel technologies, designs internal combustion engines and supplies advanced test and instrumentation systems.

The governor, accompanied by Michigan Economic Development Corp. President and CEO James Epolito, also plans to meet with executives at DaimlerChrysler AG, FACTON Inc., GETRAG, Kostal Group, Magna Steyr and AVL during the trip to Germany and Austria. The trip ends Thursday.

More than 170,000 Michigan residents work for the more than 300 companies in the state that have at least 50 percent German ownership, according to the governor's office.

It is Granholm's second trade trip to Germany. The first was in 2004. She also has made two trade trips to Japan.

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