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CASCADE TOWNSHIP, MI-Smiths Aerospace will move into and expand a facility in Cascade Township for a homeland security project. The company will create an integrated laboratory for avionics development, primarily for future military aircraft.

The British-owned company designs and produces integrated avionics equipment for the military and civilian aviation industry. The company’s products are integrated into virtually every American and British military aircraft.

The company’s new offices and laboratory will take up 44,000 sf in an existing facility on 36th Street in the township. The firm has its U.S. headquarters in Grand Rapids, and had considered expanding into a competing site in Maryland. However, the state of Michigan offered Smiths a high tech Single Business Tax credit worth $2.1 million over the next nine years to help convince the company to grow in Michigan.

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