WATERTOWN TOWNSHIP — A month after Bloomberg News named Michigan’s economy the best state economy in the country, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the creation of 200 new boat manufacturing jobs this week.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced that boat manufacturer Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. plans to expand its Manitou Boats facility in Watertown Township, where it will create close to 200 jobs for Michigan workers.
“Michigan’s business climate and highly skilled manufacturing workforce provide an environment where businesses like BRP can thrive and create good-paying jobs for Michiganders in the Lansing area,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “In partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, we will continue attracting millions in private investment and hundreds of jobs to every region of Michigan, as we stay focused on growing our economy. Together, we will keep getting things done.”
The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $11.9 million. Michigan was chosen for the project over other locations where the company currently operates. This is another example of a company choosing to expand in Michigan instead of other states.
“The strong, sustained demand we have seen for our products is a testament to their durability and quality. BRP has continued to grow its marine portfolio with strategic acquisitions of world class brands like Manitou, Alumacraft, and Quintrex, and expanding their production capacity,” said Marine Group BRP Senior Vice President Karim Donnez. “As with all our products, we are committed to gaining market share in this sector and we rely on Michigan’s highly skilled and experienced workforce to continue helping us in achieving our goals.”
These jobs are just another example of Michigan’s manufacturing base as well as its long history of a boating and travel destination thanks to the Great Lakes.