"Dow Corning and Dow AgroScience have long been partners inMichigan's ongoing economic success," Michigan Gov. JenniferGranholm says. "These new quality jobs will provide a boost to boththe local and state economies."

Granholm says the Michigan Economic Development Corporationoffered several incentives to the projects, which the governor saysis expected to create 164 new jobs.

Dow Corning will receive a high-tech Single Business Tax creditvalued at $4.5 million over 12 years. In partnership with the MEDC,Williams Township is expected to approve a tax abatement worth $2.4million. The new facility will manufacture semiconductor materialsand provide research and development services to the emergingcompound semiconductor industry.

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