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Anyone know anything about the nature of the Herbruck Poultry Ranch, Inc., project listed below (Ionia County) that MDOT is supporting?

Contact: Benjamin Kohrman 517-335-3084
Agency: Transportation


Governor Granholm announces transportation economic development investments to support more than 2,000 jobs Mar 24, 2005

    March 24, 2005 - - Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm today announced that more
than 2,000 jobs will be created or retained in Michigan as the result of
$6,451,751 in state-funded transportation investments that will leverage
more than $523 million in private sector development.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is partnering with local
governments and other state agencies to provide a total of $29,430,478 in
transportation-related investments for targeted road projects that will
support Michigan jobs and fuel economic growth.

"These projects will put people to work this year and support good-paying
jobs with important road projects in Michigan communities," Granholm said.
"We are pleased to partner with local governments and industry to invest
state transportation dollars where they will create jobs today and grow
Michigan's economy."

Funded with Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) grants, the
improvements include resurfacing, reconstruction, widening, road alignment
and other upgrades considered crucial to economic development. The TEDF was
enacted by the Michigan Legislature in 1987 to assist in the funding of
highway, road, and street projects necessary to support economic growth. The
Category A or "Target Industries Program" is specifically aimed at making
transportation improvements to encourage private investments in Michigan
that create or retain jobs.

MDOT collaborated with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
to select transportation improvement projects in six counties: Huron, Ionia,
Kalamazoo Oakland, Otsego, and Washtenaw. These projects combined will
result in 2,115 jobs.

"Transportation moves the economy and improves quality of life," said State
Transportation Director Gloria J. Jeff. "MDOT is proud to partner with
private industry and state and local agencies to invest in strategic road
improvements that will grow Michigan's economy today and, ultimately,
benefit businesses and motorists for years to come."

The TEDF will fund $6,451,751 of the $29,430,478 in work. State and local
matches will total $22,978,727 (78 percent) of the transportation project
costs.

"For every state transportation dollar spent on these public road
improvements, the private sector is investing $81. The TEDF is clearly one
of our most effective tools for growing Michigan's economy," said Jeff.

APPROVED TEDF PROJECTS BY COUNTY

Huron County

The village of Sebewaing will reconstruct five deteriorated roadways to
facilitate Lapeer Metal Stamping, Inc.'s decision to expand operations into
the village and create 150 new jobs. Lapeer Metal Stamping, Inc., Michigan's
largest Hispanic-owned Tier One automotive supplier, is investing $5,000,000
in order to operate the now vacant Tower Automotive manufacturing facility.
A critical element in Lapeer Metal Stamping's decision to locate in
Sebewaing was the village's commitment to reconstruct the roadways in the
vicinity.

The reconstruction projects include: Albert Street from Union Street to
Pine Street, Union Street from Center Street to Miller Street, Sharpsteen
Street from Center Street to Albert Street, Center Street from Union Street
to Sharpsteen Street, and Pine Street from Beck Street (M-25) to Albert
Street. The total cost of these improvements is $1,382,127, including
$941,021 in TEDF Category A funds, $205,850 from the village of Sebewaing,
and $235,256 in Community Development Block Grant funding through the
Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Ionia County

The Ionia County Road Commission will upgrade Portland Road to support the
expansion of Herbruck Poultry Ranch, Inc. Herbruck's Portland Road facility
is an integrated egg-laying operation. Shipments of incoming feed and
outgoing products must use Portland Road to access the facility, which is
beyond its normal service life and currently subject to seasonal weight
restrictions. The project will include crushing and shaping, bituminous
surfacing, and new aggregate road shoulders, which will allow for the
elimination of seasonal weight restrictions. Herbruck Poultry Ranch is
investing $25,000,000 to expand its poultry production facilities, which
will create 50 new jobs by 2007. The cost of the project is $552,000,
including $380,000 in TEDF Category A funds, $132,000 from the Ionia County
Road Commission, and $40,000 from Herbruck Poultry Ranch, Inc.

Kalamazoo County

The Kalamazoo County Road Commission, partnering with the city of Portage,
will improve Sprinkle Road to facilitate Stryker Corporation's decision to
expand its local operations. Stryker Corporation manufactures orthopedic
medical devices. Stryker's medical division, which manufactures hospital
beds and stretchers, will invest $32,580,000 on its new facility and create
65 new jobs.

Sprinkle Road is currently a two-lane road that carries 14,000 vehicles per
day and divides a residential area from the planned new Stryker facility.
With the addition of 1,700 vehicles per day, additional road capacity will
be needed. To accommodate the existing and future traffic, and to resolve
left-turn conflicts along Sprinkle Road, two through-traffic lanes and a
continuous center left-turn lane will be added between East Centre Avenue
and Zylman Avenue. The cost of this project is $1,348,150, including
$400,000 in TEDF Category A funds, and $948,150 from the city of Portage.

Oakland County

The cities of Pontiac and Southfield, in conjunction with MDOT, will make
significant roadway improvements in order to facilitate the creation or
retention of 1,770 jobs in Oakland County.

Pontiac

The city of Pontiac will undertake six road improvement projects in support
of General Motor's $385 million expansion at its GM North Campus. These
projects will help allow GM's Powertrain Division to consolidate its
engineering and laboratory functions by improving the condition of the
roadways and increasing capacity for the additional traffic.

The improvements include: the reconstruction and widening of Montcalm
Street from Joslyn Road to Perry Street, improvements to the intersection of
Baldwin Road and Walton Boulevard, improvements to the intersection of
Telegraph Road at Walton Road, the resurfacing of Baldwin Road between
Montcalm Street and Walton Boulevard, resurfacing of Montcalm Street from
Cesar Chavez to Joslyn Road, and improvements to the intersection of
Montcalm Street with Saginaw Street. The total cost of these improvements
will be $3,436,901 including $1,337,130 in TEDF Category A funds and
$2,099,711 from the city of Pontiac.

Southfield

The city of Southfield, partnering with MDOT's Metro Region, will construct
two projects critical to Lear Corporation's $70,000,000 expansion plans at
its world headquarters in Southfield. Lear Corporation is a tier one
automotive supplier with complete research, design engineering, testing, and
manufacturing capabilities. The projects will include adding a right-turn
deceleration lane on Telegraph Road (US-24) in front of the Lear Corporation
facility, and new entrance and exit ramps at the I-696 Telegraph Road
(US-24) interchange. Additional work at the interchange will include the
reconstruction of the Franklin Road Bridge over I-696 and improvements to
local roads in the vicinity. The total cost of these improvements will be
$21,336,000 including $2,648,000 from the TEDF Category A program,
$5,613,000 from the city of Southfield, $4,607,600 from MDOT's Metro Region,
$8,430,400 from the Federal Highway Administration, and $37,000 from the
Lear Corporation.

Otsego County

The Otsego County Road Commission will reconstruct South Townline Road in
support of the expansion of several businesses in the regional industrial
area west of Gaylord. Poor existing roadway conditions force traffic
generated by A&L Iron and Metal, Inc., Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and
others to avoid South Townline Road and further complicate the increasingly
congested I-75/M-32/Dickerson Road area. A&L Iron and Metal, Inc., a metal
feedstock processor, will expand operations, investing $4,500,000 and
creating 25 new jobs at a new facility along South Townline Road.
Georgia-Pacific Corporation has invested an additional $700,000 and created
25 new jobs at its Gaylord facility, which produces particle board used in
office furniture and various other applications.

The roadway project, which is consistent with long-range regional traffic
management plans, will upgrade the roadway to all-season status. The
proposed total cost of these improvements is $864,000. The project will
include $490,000 in state TEDF Category A funds, with a match of $70,000
from Bagley Township; $70,000 from the city of Gaylord; $70,000 from Hayes
Township, and $164,000 from the Otsego County Road Commission.

Washtenaw County

The Washtenaw County Road Commission, in conjunction with three aggregate
mining operations, will complete two roadway projects in order to ensure
continued employment at the mines. Deteriorating pavement conditions at the
Ann Arbor-Saline Road / Pleasant Lake Road intersection are limiting the
ability of trucks to access the mining operations off of Pleasant Lake Road.
Without reconstructing this intersection in order to allow continued access,
30 jobs are in jeopardy of being lost at the three operations. The three
companies, American Aggregates of Michigan, Barrett Paving Materials, Inc.,
and Waterland Trucking Service, Inc., provide materials for the construction
industry in Michigan and are in the process of investing a total of
$1,113,000 at their facilities.

The second project associated with the transportation investment is the
addition of right and left turn lanes in front of American Aggregates of
Michigan's operation. These improvements will remove slow-moving, turning
vehicles from the through roadway to create a safer driving environment. The
proposed total cost of these improvements is $511,300. The project will
include $255,600 in state TEDF funds, with a match of $184,400 from American
Aggregate, $32,100 from Barrett Paving Materials, $25,000 from the Washtenaw
County Road Commission and $14,200 from Waterland Trucking.

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