Dart Container could lose grants and tax breaks after announcing layoffs

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Dart Container Corporation announced they will be reducing its staff in the US, Mexico, and Canada. In an email statement the company said 65 people in their Mason headquarters would be affected.

Back in 2017, the company said it was being supported by a $1 million Michigan Economic Development Corporation grant from the Michigan Business Development Program and a tax abatement from Alaiedon Township.

But now, those gifts remain in question– since instead of hiring…the company is firing.

Today MEDC said– they’ve cancelled their agreements with dart. The company has also agreed to pay back 290-thousand dollars in gifts they received.

“Dart Container has informed the MEDC of the company’s plans to implement a staff reduction. As with all performance-based grants and loans, Dart’s 2017 performance-based agreement requires that the company maintain projected new jobs through the term of the grant, October 31, 2022.

As a result of Dart’s announcement, the MEDC and Dart Containers are in discussions to cancel the MBDP agreement and Dart has committed to repay the $290,000 they have received from the state to date.

We appreciate Dart’s ongoing cooperation and presence in the state.”

Also in a statement Dart Container said they appreciate MEDC’s support and are working to return the funding they’ve received from the one million grant so far.

“While Dart won’t be able to meet the previous employment estimates we provided for the MEDC business development grant, we appreciate the MEDC’s support of our expansion. We’re already working with them on canceling the agreement and will return funding we received from the organization related to that grant. We value our positive relationship with the MEDC and look forward to working with them as we strengthen our focus on providing thoughtfully designed, ever-more-sustainable packaging.”

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