BAY COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) – Bay County has seen a lot of economic investment this year.
On Wednesday, Bay Future Inc. announced three investments that add up to nearly $18 million and 80 jobs either retained or created.
Missouri-based NorthPoint Development has just finished work on a $16 million project.
It’s a 102,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center now home to PepsiCo, Inc. and Frito-Lay products at US-10 and Mackinaw Road in Monitor Township.
Also in Monitor Township, Future Technologies, Inc., is expanding its facility on Midland Road.
It says it’s a $1 million investment, creating 10 high-paying engineering jobs.
Gougeon Brothers, Inc. on Patterson Avenue in Bay City brings a nearly $700,000 investment and 20 new jobs.
“I think the word is out about the cooperation,” says the President and CEO of Bay Future, Inc., Trevor Keyes. “The collaboration we have here in our community. The business friendliness that’s here. We’ve worked really diligently with these developers, in some cases, multiple years.”
Keyes said the county’s combination of community, recreation and convenience make it ideal for business of any industry and hopes to see more of it.
“This is a place in which they should invest their dollars,” he says. “This is a place in which they should bring tenants to their new buildings, and this is a place really to set down some roots.”
“Everybody thought that the town was going downhill, our population was dropping, but we’ve had some companies that have come in and revitalized the river area and everything,” says Bay City resident and owner of Bay City builders Joel Labrie. “So that changed things around.”
Labrie also said he is happy – but not surprised – to see the growth in his town.
“We’re a hub,” he says. “We’re right by I-75, and it makes everything so easy to get in and out, so I think we were underused if anything.”
All three companies are currently hiring.
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