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PITTSFIELD TWP. MI-Affinia Group Inc. will locate its new headquarters to the township and create 145 jobs, including 100 directly by the company, according to Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. approved a Single Business Tax credit valued at more than $1.7 million to help convince Affinia to locate and grow in Michigan over a competing site in Ohio.

The company is expected to invest approximately $4.3 million in the project over the next five years. The project is expected to generate more than $70 million in personal income for Michigan workers over the life of the tax credit. The new headquarters operation will provide administrative support including management, accounting, IT, sales, legal and procurement. The company now employs eight workers in Michigan.

“While we’re always pleased when companies choose to locate a headquarters here, we’re particularly happy when the company has previous roots within the community,” says Washtenaw Development Council president Sue Lackey. “This validates the attractiveness of the Ann Arbor area to corporations and their employees.”

Ohio-based Affinia Group recently acquired portions of the Dana Automotive Aftermarket Group, a manufacturer and distributor of aftermarket parts including various brake system and filtration applications.

“These new jobs will build on our state’s strengths as the center of the global auto industry,” Granholm says. “In bringing Affinia’s corporate headquarters to Michigan, we again validate our automotive strategy and gain another victory that secures high-skill, high-salary jobs for Michigan workers.”

“We are truly pleased to be moving Affinia’s worldwide headquarters to the Ann Arbor area of Michigan,” says Terry McCormack, president and chief executive officer of Affinia Group Inc. “It is a great community that offers a wide array of opportunities for everyone associated with Affinia.”

The expansion of Affinia is one of 10 projects announced by the governor. In all, they are expected to create and retain a total of 9,983 Michigan jobs, including 2,229 directly by company expansions and redevelopments. “Affinia’s move here indicates that the state remains highly competitive in the global fight to attract auto investment and jobs,” says MEDC president and chief executive officer Don Jakeway.

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