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My Town Kalamazoo: Governor helps cut ribbon on new design center
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My Town Kalamazoo: Governor helps cut ribbon on new design center

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--  The Business Technology and Research Park at Western Michigan University is growing.

Monday, Gov. Rick Snyder helped cut the ribbon on the Newell Rubbermaid Design Center.  The company is investing $2.3 million in the facility and creating up to 100 jobs.

Newell Rubbermaid markets a variety of consumer and commercial products, including Sharpie, Rubbermaid, Graco, Calphalon, Paper Mate and Irwin.  The new Kalamazoo facility will consolidate the company's product and graphic design work.

Newell Rubbermaid chose Michigan over a competing site in Chicago, after receiving a $2 million Michigan Business Development performance-based grant.  The City of Kalamazoo has also offered tax breaks valued at $164,000.

"Having a world-class company such as Newell Rubbermaid choose to locate in Michigan is a great win for us and a testament to our talented work force,” Snyder said. “We’ve known for years that Michigan is a research and development hotbed. Our focus is to continue developing that talent, finding ways for our business leaders to collaborate and connect with our universities and school districts so students can graduate with in-demand skills.”

Southwest Michigan First was key in luring Newell Rubbermaid to Kalamazoo. 

"We thank Newell Rubbermaid for selecting Southwest Michigan and embracing our region's product design community," said Ron Kitchens, CEO of Southwest Michigan First. "In our efforts to attract the company, we are grateful to our partners for their unwavering commitment to jobs creation and collaboration, including Western Michigan University, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, City of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County and AVB Construction. We anxiously look forward to the ideas that will start here, become Newell Rubbermaid products and find their way into our homes to make our lives better."


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