AUTO PARTS PLANT BRINGS 400 JOBS TO CLINTON COUNTY

Grand Rapids-based auto supplier, Challenge Manufacturing, has plans to build a new plant in Clinton County’s Watertown Township. The 420 new manufacturing jobs created by the auto supplier will not only impact the local economy, but also this region.

A Tier 1 supplier, Challenge makes metal stampings and other components for automakers. The auto supplier plans to build a brand new plant on a 33 acre plot of land on Grand River Ave., near Interstates 96 and 69 and northwest of Capital Region International Airport. The plant is slated to make parts for General Motors.

Watertown Township officials say they’ve worked closely with the auto supplier to help the company expand here in the area, which will bring some major economic benefits. According to Watertown Township officials, the expansion means $65 million in investment, and that will directly relate to taxable dollars to use for infrastructure and supporting the township.

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