Farmland turning into industrial park to grow economic opportunities for Jackson County

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BLACKMAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS) – A large piece of farm land in Blackman Township could soon be growing more economic opportunities for Jackson County.

 

“It’s very exciting,” said Amy Torres, Vice President of Economic Development for the Enterprise Group.

 

Torres says the Enterprise Group, Jackson County’s economic development authority, recently helped Blackman Township work out a deal to buy the 181-acres.

 

The township plans to turn the land on County Farm Road near Technology Drive into a new industrial park.

 

Torres says the property can accommodate 3 to 4 companies.

 

“It will all be light manufacturing. But probably very similar to what the park is south of County Farm Road where Chemetall and Technique are currently,” Torres said. “Right now we don’t have any developments committed to the industrial park, but we’ve had a lot of interest.”

     

New companies often mean new jobs.

 

Planners of the industrial park believe it has the potential to bring dozens of new jobs to the area.

 

“When we look at some of our other facilities, for instance TAC and MACI here in our community, they started out with maybe 60 to 80 and they’re both at over 1,000. So it all depends on the type of business that comes in,” Torres said.

 

Torres says a development like this means added tax revenue and much more.

 

“This development gives our community a chance to be competitive with other communities when site selectors are looking for property. But it also reassures our own businesses that we have a place for you. Blackman Township has worked hard with a lot of local partners to make sure there’s a place for you to expand,” Torres said.

 

The park will start taking shape once companies make plans to move in.

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