A global maker of filtration systems is planning to expand its operations in the region with a $17.4-million investment that will create 70 new jobs.
Ludwigsburg, Germany-based MANN+HUMMEL Group, which supplies the automotive and mechanical engineering industries, won new businesses that will require manufacturing space and expansion in Portage, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. said Wednesday.
The southwest Michigan site was chosen instead of a site in Tennessee.
The company has more than 15,000 employees across the world and makes products such as air-filter systems, intake manifold systems and filter elements for motor vehicle maintenance.
MANN+HUMMEL received a $325,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Business Development Program for the project.
In addition, the city of Portage offered a property tax abatement incentive in support of the expansion.
The expansion is an example that the state’s “economic climate is more business friendly than ever, and our manufacturing talent pool can compete with any place in the world,” said Michael A. Finney, president and chief executive officer at MEDC, the state’s marketing arm.
“Michigan is the number-one state for creating new manufacturing jobs,” Finney said.