State Atracts Battery Plants

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michigan has awarded tax credits so battery makers for electric and hybrid vehicles will open factories in the state.

Four projects were approved Tuesday by the Michigan Economic Growth Authority. One is contingent on another tax credit being passed by the Legislature.

Some plant locations aren't finalized.

But Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls-Saft Advanced Power Solutions says it plans to open a plant in Holland, Mich.

And A123 Systems Inc. of Watertown, Mass., plans to start a plant in Livonia.

Another winner of a credit is KD Advanced Battery Group, a joint venture involving Dow Chemical, Kokam America and Townsend Ventures.

Korean-based LG Chem-Compact Power also plans a project if lawmakers pass an additional tax credit.


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  • by Mike Location: Jackson on Apr 15, 2009 at 05:25 AM
    In regard to the battery plants coming to Michigan, I was wondering if the Jackson area has ever been considered. Like many cities in Michigan, Jackson has been dramatically affected, with numerous companies closing their doors and wage earners losing their jobs. Many of these folks are having a difficult time finding other jobs, because there just aren't that many available. Shouldn't Jackson also be looked at for such companies, rather than just the Lansing area ? It's high time our so-called Governor take a good look at Jackson as well, to help bring some of these comanies to our area, before it becomes a ghost town.
  • by Cas Location: Grand Ledge on Apr 14, 2009 at 03:19 PM
    I was a U.S.Army Vet from the early 70's and we received nothing even close to what is being proposed. It came nowhere close to covering the cost for college. A private or high cost school was totally out of the question at $350/month.
  • by sue Location: Lansing on Apr 14, 2009 at 09:35 AM
    Give EVERYONE a tax break so they can STAY in business
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