Watson Engineering expansion will include 40,000-square-foot facility and 75 new jobs

A brownfield redevelopment project in the City of Taylor will demolish two vacant commercial structures and construct a 40,000-square-foot industrial facility to expand the current operations of Watson Engineering.

The project will include environmental remediation activities, a new parking lot, a stormwater management system and new landscaping. The project is expected to generate $7.5 million in new capital investment and create up to 75 new jobs. State and local tax capture valued at $221,220 will support the project.

The project received extensive support from the City of Taylor and Mayor Jeffrey P. Lamarand.

“Watson Engineering is a great corporate citizen in Taylor,” Mayor Lamarand said. “We are proud to see Watson expand and grow in the city they’ve called home for so many years.”

“This administration is very excited for Watson Engineering and the City of Taylor to see job creation during these tough economic times,” said Building and Safety Director Rocky Alazazi, who is in charge of economic development and community development for the city. “We are pleased to see that businesses are still investing in Taylor, creating economic development and activity.”

Headquartered in the City of Taylor since 1981, Watson Engineering, Inc has grown from a one-person fabrication shop to a multi-million dollar global ISO certified, tier one industry supplier offering a wide range of services from the simplest of vehicle builds to high-volume production runs. With this expansion, the company will continue to grow on their capacity to manufacture and deliver sheet and tubular metal components.

The Watson Engineering project was cited by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, who recently announced the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) was backing the redevelopment and 12 other projects designed to help companies grow in the state.

Combined, the projects are expected to create 4,278 jobs (1,880 direct new jobs) and generate $99.9 million in new investment in Michigan, Granholm said.

“We are working the most aggressive plan in the nation to diversify our economy and create new jobs in Michigan,” Granholm said. “The scope of these projects, from major expansions in traditional manufacturing to growth in new sectors like medical devices and clean energy, demonstrates that our plan is working.”

Michigan brownfield programs provide incentives to invest in property that has been used for industrial, commercial or residential purposes and to keep that property in productive use or return it to productive use. Brownfield incentives can be used for functionally obsolete, blighted or contaminated property.

The MEDC, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.

“Successful collaboration and teamwork between public and private partners were keys in bringing these projects to Michigan against some very intense national and international competition,” MEDC President and CEO Greg Main said. “I want to thank all of the communities who helped us make the strongest business case possible.”

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholms discusses the plans with Chris Douglas of Watson Engineering.