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Forest River’s Michigan Expansion Took Time to Develop

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Forest River’s recent move to open a plant in White Pigeon, Mich. didn’t happen overnight.

Although the company announced the expansion in January, the negotiations between the manufacturer and Southwest Michigan First, the region’s economic development group, began in February last year, Cathy Knapp, associate vice president of Southwest Michigan First, told the White Pigeon rotary club at a recent meeting, the Sturgis Journal reported.

Knapp told the group that Forest River hadn’t ever discussed a Michigan expansion, but after the state became a Right-to-Work state, that changed, according to a report from The Journal.

About $1.6 million in community block grants for on-the-job training will be awarded for the expansion, in addition to grants for widening a road leading into the property and a 50-percent property tax abatement over 12 years.

Forest River plans to construct three 100,000 square-foot buildings over the next three years in the South Michigan village.

Thor also announced plans for an expansion across the Indiana border in Michigan earlier this year.

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