Booher: Cadillac chosen over Mississippi site for new investment, jobs

LANSING—Sen. Darwin Booher congratulated Cadillac and the Michigan Strategic Fund for securing an investment of $925,000 and the creation of 29 new jobs in Northern Michigan.

“This is outstanding news for the people of Cadillac and the entire state,” said Booher, R-Evart. “The decision by Avon Protection Systems to move all its manufacturing from its Georgia facility to Cadillac means more well-paying jobs for Michigan workers. It also illustrates the great strides we’ve made to revitalize our economy and attract new investment to our state.

“I applaud the local and state officials who worked together with the company to make this investment in Michigan a reality.”

Avon Protection Systems manufactures respiratory protection system technology specializing in military, law enforcement, firefighting and industrial markets.

As a result of choosing Cadillac over a competing site in Mississippi, the company has been awarded a $100,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. The city of Cadillac has also offered support to the project in the form of a property tax abatement.

The Michigan Business Development Program is designed to provide grants, loans or other assistance for highly competitive projects that create jobs and provide investment. Grants are performance-based with preference given to eligible businesses seeking to locate or expand in Michigan rather than in another state.