Businesses Expand in Clinton County

It's a sound that folks in Clinton County are getting used to, construction. It's the sound of growth.

"We're just starting. I think that we're still an unknown. We're just a nice community north of Lansing, and people are just starting to realize we have a lot of land, and we have a lot of good assets up here," said Brian Coughlin, President & CEO of Clinton County Economic Alliance.

But it's a pretty good start. Clinton County is the fastest growing county in Michigan, growing by over 15% in the last 10 years, That growth has a lot to do with companies like Agro-liquid, which choose to stay in town, even when they expand.

"This is really where the company grew. And as we looked at the scenery and the neighbors and the site, we just didn't, we just didn't want to leave what we'd called home," said Albert Bancroft, Marketing Manager, Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizer.

And grow they did, building manufacturing and stocking facilities in three other states. But when they reached capacity at their old headquarters, Agro-liquid decided to build a new facility next to their old one.

"The family had a lot of attachment to this location. We wanted to stay in Clinton County and the St. Johns area," said Bancroft.

But it's not just Agro-liquid that decided to stay. Logistics company Martin-Brower opened a new wing at their facility in December.

"They like the work force. This location allows them to service all of the McDonalds in Michigan," explained Coughlin.

Agri-business parts company F.C. Mason just moved into a bigger place too to accommodate the growing population in Clinton County, Sparrow broke ground Tuesday on a new Emergency Department wing at Sparrow Clinton Hospital in St Johns. The old one was just too small.

"It was built to handle about 8,000 patients per year, and we see about 14,000," said Ed Bruun, President of Sparrow Clinton Hospital.

And that, folks in Clinton County say, is just the start.

Agro-liquid will have a public open house on September 14th to show off their new headquarters.

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