Kowall: Lyon Township chosen over out-of-state sites for new investment, jobs

LANSING—State Sen. Mike Kowall congratulated Lyon Township and the Michigan Strategic Fund for securing an investment of $2 million and the creation of 39 new jobs in Oakland County.

“This is excellent news for the people of Lyon Township and the entire state,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “The decision by Hirata Corporation of America to expand their Wixom location into a larger facility in Lyon Township means more well-paying jobs for Michigan workers. It reflects the hard work we’ve done to turn around our economy and attract new investment.

“Congratulations to the local and state officials who worked together with the company to see this investment in Michigan come to fruition.”

Hirata Corporation designs and manufactures advanced robotic production facilities, primarily for the automotive and semiconductor industries.

As a result of choosing Lyon Township over competing sites in Indiana and Ontario, the company has been awarded a $200,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Lyon Township has also offered support to the project in the form of a 12-year property tax abatement valued at $50,000.

The Michigan Business Development Program is designed to provide grants, loans or other assistance for highly competitive projects that create jobs and provide investment. Grants are performance-based with preference given to eligible businesses seeking to locate or expand in Michigan rather than in another state.