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DECKERVILLE, MI-A metal stamping company plans to expand in Michigan’s Thumb. Trim Trends says it will invest $7.5 million in the expansion of its 257-employee Deckerville facility. The village of Deckerville recently said it is using a $300,000 Michigan Economic Development Corp. grant and $52,000 in local funds to pay for road improvements to accommodate Trim Trends’ plans.

The Deckerville grant was part of a package of more than $2 million announced by the MEDC to help support a variety of economic efforts, mostly on the west side of the state. The other projects are:

* The city of Iron Mountain will use a $15,000 grant to conduct a marketing analysis and planning study. The results of the year-long study will be used to identify the market areas of the downtown district,analyze the existing businesses and examine the demographics of the area in order to attract new business and jobs. Iron Mountain will contribute $15,000 to the project.

* The village of Kalkaska has been offered $80,000 to support the redevelopment of the long-vacant Sieting Hotel. The project is expected to spur $600,000 in private investment and create eight new jobs. Kalkaskawill use the grant to help install a public elevator in the two-story structure which, upon completion, will have nine rooms, a restaurant and space for four retail establishments.

* Muskegon County will use a $50,000 grant to help finance a comprehensive study to identify agribusinesses that show commercial viability for a prospective agricultural industrial park. The proposedlocation for the park would be the surplus lands within the Muskegon County Wastewater Management System. Muskegon County will contribute $106,000 to support the study.

* The village of Spring Lake has been offered a $591,120 grant for a downtown redevelopment project. The village will use the funding to make streetscape improvements, including new streetlights and sidewalks to help finance the conversion of 11 underutilized acres in Downtown into new office and commercial space. Redstone Development will lead the redevelopment activities which are expected to create 40 new jobs and spur more than $4 million in private investment. Spring Lake will contribute $50,000 to the project.

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