State Rep. Greg Markkanen today lauded a new Michigan Strategic Fund commitment in Calumet that further highlights the western U.P. as a prime domestic production destination and place for the cutting-edge jobs of tomorrow.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has announced that Calumet Electronics Corporation will receive a performance-based investment to enhance a newly constructed, 35,000-square-feet manufacturing facility for next-generation advanced electronic components – a project that is expected to generate a total capital investment of $6.5 million and create 80 additional manufacturing and engineering jobs.
The company manufactures printed circuit boards for numerous fields, including industrial, power, aerospace, defense, medical and commercial.
“With this planned project, Calumet Electronics will be one of just a few companies in the entire country that will have this new production ability, and this critical work will be done right in the U.P. with U.P. workers,” said Markkanen, of Hancock. “I’m excited to see what this expansion will bring to our region. With the abrupt supply chain disruptions we have seen in recent years, it is immensely important to capitalize on the domestic manufacturing and production potential we have in our state while limiting our reliance on foreign producers.
“This is a step in that process – and I will continue fighting for us to take additional steps toward that overall goal. It’s the right approach for our workforce and both our state and local economies.”
Rep. Markkanen is in his second term representing residents in Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties, as well as Powell and Ishpeming townships in Marquette County.
“This is the best and safest option for Yoopers,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “There is no other realistic way to move natural gas without a pipeline. Trucking would be nearly impossible and would have a far greater negative impact. This is a common-sense solution that makes sense for everyone.”
“This project will bring jobs and an incredible investment to the Calumet community,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “Anytime we can pair an investment in local business with an investment in our armed forces, it’s a win for Michigan.”
“Many U.P. residents want freedom to install their own solar and have energy independence when possible,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “But they also need reliable and affordable energy when the sun is not out and the wind is not blowing. They also do not want tens of thousands of acres of their communities forced into being solar panels.”
“Local control is essential in all aspects of government, especially in projects that could change the entire landscape of a community,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “The people who know best about our community were elected by our friends and neighbors to make those decisions. It’s vital that our voices don’t get drowned out by Lansing Democrats who want to make the U.P. into a parking lot full of windmills.”