The Thumb Area Renaissance Zone received approval to expand anexisting subzone in Caro Village and create an additional subzonein Cass City. The Caro Village subzone will expand its boundariesby approximately six acres.

This expansion enables Michigan Ethanol, LLC to beginconstruction of a $55-million ethanol processing facility, which isexpected to create 38 new, full-time jobs. It is estimated theethanol facility will require about 14.3 million bushels of corneach year benefiting approximately 1,000 Michigan farmers.

The approval of the new Cass City subzone makes it possible forMillennium Industries to move into the former General Cablefacility. Earlier this year, the community lost 200 jobs whenGeneral Cable closed its doors. Millennium will investapproximately $2.5 million in the old site creating 100 new jobswithin the next five years.

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