Spanish Company Moving 600 Jobs to Michigan

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A Spanish aerospace company has chosen Washtenaw County as the site for an engineering center that will employ up to 600 people.
Grupo Aernnova will invest about $10 million in the project, company officials said Tuesday.
The Michigan Economic Growth Authority board said it had granted a state tax credit exceeding $18.5 million over 15 years to lure the company, which had offers from competing sites in 15 states.
The center will be located in Pittsfield Township, where local officials are considering a 12-year tax abatement worth $304,000.
Grupo Aernnova is a Spanish company that designs and produces aeronautical structures and components. Its production and service centers are located in Spain, Brazil, Mexico and the United States.
The company plans to establish a "significant presence" in the North American aerospace market, said Inaki Lopez Gandasegui, chairman and CEO.
"The new center intends to tap the substantial engineering talent pool that exists in this area, including collaborations with the excellent local universities," Gandasegui said.
It initially will focus on supporting structural requirements of U.S. and European aircraft manufacturers, he said. Long-term goals include supporting U.S. aerospace defense programs and expansion into renewable resource technologies.


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