- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Officials say a battery plant once planned for western Michigan that was expected to bring as many as 700 jobs won’t be built.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1JtqwLs ) fortu PowerCell Inc. this month began the process to sever a sewer agreement with the Muskegon County system. A spokesman for the company’s owner confirmed this week there are no current plans to build the factory.

In 2009, fortu PowerCell proposed to make modular lithium-ion batteries in western Michigan. The company in 2010 settled on a Muskegon Township site. Tax breaks were organized, including a $100 million battery tax credit approved by the state legislature and signed into law by then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. says, however, the tax breaks weren’t given out since the factory was never built.


Information from: The Muskegon Chronicle, https://www.mlive.com/muskegon

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