Economic development for Livonia

LIVONIA, MI – The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is awarding a state transportation MDOTeconomic development grant that will support 57 new jobs in the city of Livonia.

The Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) Category A grant for $163,681 will leverage $40,920 inmatching funds for road improvements.

McLaren Performance Technologies, Inc. is a division of Linamar Corp., a global leader in the precision machining of metallic powertrain products for the automotive industry, as well as many other industries. The McLaren facility located on Eight Mile Road in Livonia is a technical engineering and development center specializing in engine testing services, full driveline systems development and testing, and low volume and prototype builds.

McLaren had entertained the possibility of leaving Michigan and moving its operations to Windsor, Ontario. The company decided to consolidate its existing Michigan-based employees and expand its facility on Eight Mile Road in Livonia. The company is investing in $22,040,000 for its expansion.

The facility expansion will require the use of nearby Hubbard Street, a narrow residential street south of Eight Mile Road, to access the rear of the McLaren property where the loading docks will be located, as well as a new employee parking deck. To accommodate the increased traffic, including additional commercial traffic, Hubbard Street will be widened 330 feet south from Eight Mile Road. The new lane that will be built will allow traffic to safely access the McLaren facility, as well as provide a dedicated left-turn lane from northbound Hubbard Street to westbound Eight Mile Road.

The total cost of the project is $204,601, including $163,681 in TEDF funds, or about 80 percent of the overall project cost, and $40,920 provided by McLaren Performance Technologies, Inc., or about 20 percent of the project cost.

Enacted in 1987 and reauthorized in 1993, the TEDF helps finance highway, road and street projects that are critical to the movement of people and products, and getting workers to their jobs, materials to growers and manufacturers, and finished goods to consumers. TEDF “Category A” or “Targeted Industries Program” grants provide state funding for public roadway improvements that allow road agencies to respond quickly to the transportation needs of expanding companies and eliminate inadequate roadways as an obstacle to private investment and job creation. Eligible road agencies include MDOT, county road commissions, cities and villages. More information about the program is available online at www.michigan.gov/tedf.

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