Certified Business Park Program Newsletter
August 2016
Business Park Owners!
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Hillsdale Manufacturing Park: A Leader in Connection, Expansion and Business Attraction
Hillsdale is now one of the best connected areas in the country since it received high speed optic fiber through the REACH-3MC project, with 10 Gbps service south to Ohio, east and west through southern Michigan, and 40 Gbps north to Lansing.  Along with basic City services of water, sewer, electricity, and 24 hour police protection, Hillsdale can provide gigabit speed internet service to businesses. 

Also new, Hillsdale Terminal has just expanded. Hillsdale Terminal has been manufacturing electrical connectors called terminals, since 1976. Today Hillsdale Terminal owns a 35,000 manufacturing facility on Moore Road and a 24,000 square foot office building with shipping/receiving on Industrial Drive.

The addition of the Industrial Drive facility has helped the business tremendously. Since moving in May of 2015, Hillsdale Terminal is already seeing the need for future expansion due to the capabilities accrued by having more space.
Another new-comer to the Hillsdale Manufacturing Park is Metal Technologies, Inc. which has purchased long-time Hillsdale business, Precision Gage, LLC.  Metal Technologies specializes in metal casting and other value added operations, producing high quality gray and ductile iron castings, aluminum castings, and machined components. Precision Gage specializes in precision machined components for several different industries as well as tooling and gaging for any application.
Currently Precision Gage is launching six new flexible CNC manufacturing cells which will produce a variety of heavy truck transmission components. All cells will be running production volumes by the Fall of 2016 adding 12 new production operator positions, a 20% increase to the current staffing level. The addition of these new products to Precision Gage further diversifies their customer and product mixes.

Situated adjacent to state highway M-99, Hillsdale’s 400 acre Manufacturing and Technology Park provides light industrial, manufacturing, and technology related businesses the space and services they need to succeed.

Submitted by Mary Wolfram, City of Hillsdale

New Business Park! Meadowbrook and Yore Industrial Park, the first CBP in Berrien County

MEDA recently designated this 255-acre site as the first Certified Industrial Park in Berrien County. This site located at 2274 Yore Avenue in Benton Charter Township is shovel-ready for development.  Rob Cleveland, President of Cornerstone Alliance, Berrien County’s lead, privately-funded economic development organization said, “Having this certification from MEDA for Meadowbrook & Yore allows Berrien County to be more competitive in our business attraction strategy to increase job growth and investments.”

Submitted by Shelley Klug, Cornerstone Alliance

Why Locate in a Certified Business Park?

The Blueprint for Success
Choosing to locate your business in a Certified Business Park means that you will be situated among the best in the industry. Positioning your business in a state-of-the-art park offers many things that will help your business:
  • Qualified Workers
  • Good Access
  • Impressive Amenities

Stand Out in Your Market
Certified Business Parks provide businesses with features necessary to conduct business. Each CBP assures your company the following amenities:

  • Protective Covenants
  • Landscaped Development
  • Telephone, Gas and Electric Service
  • Municipal Water and Sewer Lines
  • Continuous Management
  • Class A All-Weather Roads
  • Improved Paved Parking
  • Enclosed Storm Sewers

Each park must re-apply for certification and be inspected to assure that they are maintaining the quality standards that are listed above and in their Protective Covenants.

Strategically located between Chicago and Detroit in Southwest Michigan, the Kalamazoo Region has a 150-year history in life science and advanced manufacturing. The region is home to Stryker Corporation, Pfizer, Parker Hannifin Hydraulics, Perrigo, Whirlpool, Kellogg and scores of other highly successful companies.

The target industries in this regional for recruitment include:  
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Back Office
  • Bioscience
  • Logistics
  • Medical Device and Research and Development facilities

These sectors were strategically selected based on the region’s existing talent base, historical industrial and research capacity, real estate availability, strategic geographic location and sector supply chain support services.


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