Changan to build R&D center in Michigan

  • 21-Jan-2011 04:01 EST

Changan Automobile Co. Ltd plans to invest $7 million and create 161 new jobs in Michigan with a new research and development center. The company is one of China's largest automakers. It will lease a facility in Plymouth Township where it plans to conduct analysis, testing, simulation, and verification activities. The Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) approved a state tax credit valued at $1.7 million over seven years to convince the company to locate in Michigan over competing sites in Ohio, California, and China. MEGA also approved tax incentives for Martinrea Jonesville LLC and MTU Detroit Diesel Inc. Martinrea Jonesville, a supplier of underbody components, plans to invest $15.9 million to expand its facility in Jonesville which will create 168 jobs. MTU Detroit Diesel, manufacturer of diesel engines and propulsion systems for off-highway vehicles, will invest $32 million to establish a logistics center and a potential future training center. This will help retain 245 jobs and create 115 new ones, according to the company.

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